We can both testify to that. Ruth can testify to the fact that God has equipped her to manage the finances at Sanga, alongside many other tasks and roles she would never have imagined doing before she came here (building maintenance!). Although I'm not a fantastic linguist God has enabled me to preach and teach in Swahili on 229 occasions, despite the fact that I would often find myself thinking (whilst preaching) ‘What on earth am I doing standing up here preaching in another language?!’ He has proven the words of a phrase I heard at Bible College 18 years ago: “God often doesn’t call the qualified but he always qualifies the called.” The verse that we chose for our third term prayer card highlights this issue of God equipping His servants for a role: “There is nothing in us that allows us to claim that we are capable of doing this work. The capacity we have comes only from God.” (2 Cor 3:4)
|No, these aren't snow goggle marks - they're|
tribal tattoos. A conference attendee.
|Saying farewell to the staff at Sanga Sanga|
We hope to be in touch with a final newsletter sometime in February but for now we’ll sign off from Tanzania and wish you all a very happy and healthy Christmas. Many thanks to those of you who have supported us on this journey, whether that be through prayer or pounds, or both! We’ve been blessed with faithful, loyal and loving support along the route – and for that we are extremely grateful. We could not have done this without you. To those who have supported us financially, we’ll be in contact in the New Year to let you know about the ‘shutting down’ process! For now, it’s 'kwa heri' from Tanzania, knowing that it will soon be time for ‘hello’ in the UK!
- We’re thanking God for the completion of this year’s conferences, and praying the teaching goes on to bear much fruit.
- We’re thanking God for good farewells and a sense of closure to our time in Tanzania.
- We’re thanking God for His protection and blessing during the last 7.5 years.
- We’re praying for guidance with regard to the next chapter; that we’d be open to His leading; that God would show us clearly what the next step is; for wisdom as we plan our home assignment including where we should live!
- Please continue to pray for Pastor Batano, John Enock and the staff at Sanga Sanga as they continue with the ministry in our absence.
Steve & Ruth
PS. For the Corshamites among you, here’s a weird connection with our newsletter title! Did you know that the first time the phrase “never say never” first appeared in print was back in 1837? Charles Dickens used it in his novel ‘The Pickwick Papers’ – which was apparently written in Pickwick, Corsham!
|Ruth just about managed to cram John's head|
with as much information as he needs!
|The flamboyant trees are in full bloom at this|
time of year, Tanzania's own Christmas trees!
|Who's pinched the arch?|
|Bird of the month: Brown-hooded Kingfisher,|
a frequent visitor to our garden in Morogoro