In May, 2017, I went with a group of students and professor and staff from Gettysburg Seminary to Windhoek, Namibia to attend the Lutheran World Federation Assembly. This is a big year after all – the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. What better place to spend it than with the Lutheran World Federation and it’s gathering of Lutherans from all over the world.
One would think that this would be taking place in the Germany where the Reformation began, but the Assembly wasn’t interested in looking backwards, but rather forward to the future. Hence having the Assembly in Africa – where Christianity is growing.
So the adventure began, we got on a plane and flew across the Atlantic. And we flew and flew and flew. Did I mention that we flew. And we finally made it to Africa. But that was only half way. Africa is a big continent. Really big. We took off again and started flying South. And we flew and flew and flew.
We had a layover in Johannesburg, South Africa. Enough time to enjoy a cold beer and then back on the plane for one last leg of the journey. This time it would be a short hop, skip, and a jump away. And then we landed. After 19 hours of actual flying time, we landed for our adventure.
What a welcome sight it was.