Far Team is Bethel's reach to Christian projects beyond the Synod and the greater DC area, continuing a long Lutheran tradition in global mission.
The Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod has three companion Synods [Namibia (Africa), Slovakia (Europe) and El Salvador (Central America)] toward which it directs its focus. Bethel has provided a Nambian pastor (who visited Bethel in October 2008) financial help to extend electricity into his church and its office. In 2009 we participated with a focus on Slovakia with special crafts for kids and an adult education speaker. Deena Bulick-Terry, from Bethel, is a member of the Synod's Outreach team and travelled to El Salvador as part of a LWR visit to assess local Lutheran and other areas needing partnership support.
Bethel's Sunday school has supported ELCA World Hunger in the past; other related Bethel projects include blankets and personal hygiene kits for disaster relief efforts by LWR.
The Far Team meets approximately every two months to share new insights, look at potential projects and develop ways to inform and encourage Bethel's extended reach and support to these regions.
Contacts: Mara Schleicher and Connie Houtz, co-chairs.