Our storytellers in Episode 1 are:
Bishop Dr. Owdenberg Mdegella
The ninth child in a family of 16, the future bishop was a shepherd in his home village of Ipalamwa, Tanzania until he was 12. When ordained in 1987, he was the youngest Lutheran Bishop in the world. He completed courses for his Ph.D. degree in the U.S. and speaks six languages and four dialects of Swahili. He’s married with six children and many grandchildren.
Lisa is a world-renowned climate change expert and distinguished professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her initial work was tracking the climate of an area using data from trees. She served in Tanzania in 2014 with her daughter Maya and again in 2016 to help establish the Reaching Children‘s Potential program. Read about Lisa and Maya’s journey here.
Owner of Honeybaked Ham Company and Cafe in Maryland, Kenneth was motivated by his wife Debbie’s experience as a Global Volunteer in Ghana in 2012. Four years later, he joined a team in Poland in 2016, and returned the next year, seeking an opportunity to both help others and experience the richness of the Polish culture first-hand. Read about Kenneth’s journey here.