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Extract Author: Thomas Ratsim
Page Number: 314
Extract Date: 3 April 2004
Speaking on the marking of the 100-year anniversary of evangelism the Bishop, in his Diocese said celebration of the jubilee would reach its climax on August 15 this year. He said the epoch would be marked by the laying of stones and inauguration of spiritual and social services projects as well as spiritual crusades to be conducted all over the diocese. He mentioned some of those as the laying stone of the proposed Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre and water project at Ketumbeine.
During the celebrations of the centennial, the diocese would invite guests within and outside the country. Some of them are from missions in Germany with partnership with the diocese, and Northern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Operation Bootstrap and Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry.
"Jubilee is not only marking the 100 years, but is also the time for being grateful to God for all the achievements," insisted Bishop Laiser.
The launching ceremony was attended by Government and church leaders from Pare, Northern, Meru and Mbulu Dioceses of ELCT.
The Diocese in Arusha Region which operates in the administrative regions of Arusha and Manyara has more than 334,000 followers and also works in parts of the Morogoro, Singida and Tanga regions.
Missionary Arno Krause from Leipzig Mission established the cradle of evangelism of the diocese at the mission station in Ilboru in 1904 and thereafter 30,000 burnt bricks were ferried to the present location of the Cathedral in order to build a church. The first follower was christened in 1907 while the first Pastor Lazaro Laizer was ordained in 1934.
Extract Author: Valentine Marc Nkwame
Page Number: 334
Extract Date: 21 Aug 2004
The Arusha Diocese for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) has published a booklet which covers the 100 years of the Diocese since the first Missionaries set foot in the Ilboru area where it was initially established.
Printed by the Moshi Lutheran Printing Press, in Kilimanjaro, the red covered, 68-page book, consists of twenty chapters from Bishop Thomas Laizerís prologue, to the current mission work in the Diocese.
It covers a partly detailed history of the first delegation of Missionaries from Leipzig, Germany who reportedly arrived on the slopes of Mount Meru in 1902, where Hermann Albert Fokken and his building expert, Karl Luckin established the maiden Lutheran Centre in the Waarusha community then having a population of only 8,365.
Compiled by Pastor Dr. Joseph W. Parsalaw, a lecturer with the Tumaini Lutheran University, Reverend, Dr. Naaman Miraa Laizer, Pastor Godwin Ole Lekashu of Ilboru and Reverend Zacharia Ole Matinda, the book was launched during the 100th Anniversary for the ELCT Diocese last Sunday.
The book has been published in Swahili language and the first copy of the launch was sold at Tsh.350,000 athough the retail price of the publication is set at Tsh.1,000 per book.
Prime Minister, Frederick Sumaye was the guest of honour at the ELCT centennial celebration held at Ilboru which was also attended by a number of other distinguished guests.
The first Church in the region was built at Ilboru in1904 whose building still stands to-date and during the last Sundayís event it was consecrated to serve as the first Christian Evangelical museum in the country.
The Lutheran Church in Arusha region became a Synod in 1973 and later made Diocese
in January 1987 at a ceremony whose guest of honour was the retired Tanzania President, Ally Hassan Mwinyi, the event took place at the Enkare-Narok Parish in Ngarenaro area.
Today, the Diocese has 329,350 brethren, among them 143,784 adults and 185,564 children. There are also 82 pastors, 482 evangelists, 15 parish workers and 565 church buildings.
The ELCT Town Cathedral, was the second church to be built in Arusha after the Ilboru one, and they were both constructed under the same plan.
Sadleir, Randal Tanzania, Journey to Republic
Page Number: 210c
Extract Date: 1958
Inevitably, most of my work was concentrated in the densely populated Moshi district where, with splendid secondary schools, Roman Catholic seminaries and large numbers of middle and primary schools, people were relatively well educated. I particularly liked and often visited the government secondary school at Old Moshi and the Holy Ghost Fathers' secondary school at Umbwe in Chief Abdiel Shangali's Hai division in Machame in West Kilimanjaro.
At Arusha, the Lutheran Ilboru secondary school a short distance from my bungalow, was a home from home and I was sometimes invited to take English classes there.
Apart from courtesy calls on the district commissioner, I rarely visited the headquarters of the Masai and Mbulu districts, though I often stayed with the Irish Pallotine Fathers at Karatu in the north of Mbulu district near Oldeani, and talked to the boys in the middle school there. I once took a party of them to spend Sunday in the nearby Ngorongoro crater and, like me, they were all thrilled with this Garden of Eden where animals and men had coexisted so happily since the dawn of time.
Extract Date: Sept 7 2002
A Ceremony of interment of ashes of the late Stewart Carlson will take place at Ilboru Secondary School on September 14th, 2002. The late Stewart Carlson served the school in various capacities between 1952 and 1970.
The Prime Minister Honourable Frederick T. Sumaye will officiate the event.
All ex-Ilborians who attended the school between 1952 and 1970 are cordially welcome to attend the function starting from 2.00 p.m.
Extract Author: Staff writer
Extract Date: Sep 14 2002
The Prime Minister, Honourable Frederick T. Sumaye will on Sunday, September 15th attend a memorial service at Ilboru Secondary School in Arusha for a former headmaster of the school, the late Stewart Carlson who left a Will that his ashes should be buried at the schoolís compound.
The memorial service will be conducted at the same time as the burial of the ashes of the late Carlson who served the school in various capacities between 1952 and 1970. Carlson died in Nebraska, USA on January 14, 2001 at the age of 82. He left a Will that among other things stated that after cremation his ashes should be buried at the Ilboru secondary schoolís compound.
The late Carlson, born on January 19, 1919 in Sweden and moved with his parents to USA at an early age, became a member of staff of Ilboru secondary school in 1950 and the schoolís headmaster from 1952 to 1960. Thereafter he served as the schoolís second master.
The late Carlson, the longest serving headmaster and teacher at the school, had also a reputation of being an ardent enforcer of discipline and a dedicated biology teacher. At times he conducted biology classes from Form One to Form Six. Among his former students is Honourable Frederick T. Sumaye.
When he returned to the United States, he joined the Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff, Nebraska where he served in the congregation as an assistant to the pastor until he retired. After his retirement he continued teaching an adult Bible class in his congregation.
The late Carlson was dedicated to Ilboru school and the people living around it and that is why he left a Will that his ashes should be buried at the school.
A representative of the late Carlsonís family arrived in Arusha with the ashes in July last year and after discussions with a committee of former Ilborians including Dr. Anza Amen Lema, also former headmaster of the school, it was proposed to bury the ashes at a location where the late Carlson nurtured plants for his botany classes and plant a tree on the spot to commemorate him.
The late Carlson left a widow, six children and 12 grand children. His wife Marilyn Carlson accompanied him during his stay at Ilboru and four out of his six children were born in Arusha.
Ilboru Lutheran Secondary School was opened in 1946 and was managed by the Lutheran Church until1969 when it became a government school.