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Ship survivors headline Thrivent dinner

The stories of survivors of a ship sunk by Germans during World War II will set the theme for a Morris-Marion County Thrivent member awareness dinner March 8 in Herington.

The passenger ship Zamzam sank in 1941 when it was shelled by a German cruiser. The passengers, mostly Christian missionaries and their families bound for Africa, were confined for a month on a prison ship before reaching occupied France. Among them were Lillian Danielson of Lindsborg and her six children.

Two of those children, Eleanor Anderson and Lois Carlson, both of Lindsborg, will share thoughts about the experience, and the family motto the ordeal inspired, “Saved to Serve.”

A documentary about how the sinking of the Zamzam affected the lives of the Danielsons also will be shown.

Justin Carlson, grandson of Elmer and Lillian Danielson and a Thrivent representative from Wichita, will talk about changes in the organization.

The dinner begins at 5 p.m. March 8 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Herington. Members are encouraged to RSVP by March 1 by calling Paula Morgan at (785) 366-0015, or by email at 

Last modified Feb. 18, 2015