“Behind every good man is a good woman.”
I would like to tell you about a friend of mine who, in my opinion, is one such a woman.
By now most all of you know of or at least recognize the name of Bishop Elias Kitoi Nasari. We know of his journey on becoming “Askofu” of the Meru Diocese. Let me tell you a little about the journey and the good woman behind him.
Eliashukura Mekaro Nasari (Elly) married Pastor Elias and had three children. Emanuel, Aimbora and Stephen. She loved being an elementary teacher. Being an African women and mother is not easy – this I have observed first hand on my trips to Tanzania. Believe me I would NEVER change places with any one of them!!!
In 2003 she came to the US for Elias to obtain two more years of further education. Little did Elly know what the future held. It had to be difficult for her to leave her family and move with her husband and three small kids to a foreign country. Those 2 years turned into almost 14!
The Greater Milwaukee Synod embraced the Nasari family. Adoration was the first church Elias was invited to preach at. I remember that service well. I remember Elly and their three small kids sitting in the front pew and thinking to myself how unhappy I would be if I had to uproot my children from their school, friends, cousins and the only home they ever knew…. and move to a foreign country with a different language. How unhappy I would be to give up a teaching career that I loved. Elly did this willingly and graciously.
When it became apparent that they would remain In the US, Elly did what was required to obtain her teaching license here in WI. In TZ children beg to go to school. They crave learning and are extremely respectful of teachers and adults in general. The cultural difference saddened Elly. Ambitious and eager to contribute to family income, Elly went back to school to become a phlobotist and later a CNA.
Over the years Pastor Elias served as pastor at St. Matthews in Wauwatosa, Galilee in Pewaukee, and Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Racine – each requiring another family move and uprooting of herself and her children. As a mother myself, I can only guess how traumatic that can be.
As the years progressed, her children settled into their comfortable living conditions here. To fast forward, Emanuel married his school sweetheart Laura and have a child named Lyla. Aimbora married Jake. Stephan has a good job here in the MKE area.
In August of 2016, after a 14 year absence from TZ , Pastor Elias was unanimously elected Bishop of the Meru Diocese. After a lot of prayer, Elias and Elly told me that they agreed to accept the call from God to become the second Bishop of the Meru Diocese. As much as Elly was delighted to return to her home in Tanzania, her best friends, her elderly parents and large Maasai family…. she was broken hearted leaving her three children and only grandchild here in the states. I can’t imagine how I could do that!
I consider Elly a dear friend. I have never ever heard her complain. She, like Elias, is soft spoken, kind hearted, generous, and a Christian who walks her talk. I admire her strength. I have been blessed to know her. Behind Bishop Elias is indeed a VERY GOOD woman.
~ Gloria Becker