|Beware the ditches!|
When I (Ruth) was writing this update in the last week of May I was anticipating that I would be telling you all about the pastors’ seminar in Babati that was to be held from 27th-29th May. However, unexpected events meant that the seminar was cancelled (see below). It was to have been the first time that Steve preached in Swahili – a real milestone for him. Since the seminar in March (see last month’s blog) Steve has been painstakingly translating the three talks he did then into Swahili, with the help of his language teacher. Many hours went into the work of translating, refining and practising the pronunciation. Even though the conference was cancelled it has been a really useful exercise. Steve will use these talks at the rescheduled conference later in June.
What is also shocking to us is how onlookers behave at accidents. Rather than help the victims, they see it as an opportunity to help themselves. Daniel very kindly guarded Tony’s car until Steve was able to crawl inside and retrieve Tony’s possessions. He wasn’t able to remove Tony’s car radio - but somebody else did overnight. Sadly Daniel had his phone stolen from his car while he was helping Tony. The other car, wrecked and burning as it was, had its spare tyre stolen! What a mad world we live in.
We are so thankful to God that Tony escaped with his life. Amazingly this was his first serious accident in the 15 years he’s been in Tanzania.
We are gradually settling into a routine of language and work. Steve has preached several times recently and I’ve been working on publicising the Retreat Centre, updating the website, doing the accounts and other admin tasks. Tony has asked me to teach English to the staff at Sanga Sanga, which I’m looking forward to doing although I’ve never taught complete beginners before. Still, I’m up for a challenge!
As always, we thank you for your support and prayers. Your prayers for “travelling mercies” mean so much to us. Listed below are our dates for June. We’ve been invited to attend AIM’s Leadership Conference in Nairobi and are looking forward to hearing our pastor from Corsham Baptist, Eddie Larkman, as he gives the Bible teaching.
Ruth & Steve
Dates in June:
5th Travel to Nairobi for Leadership Conference
6th Ruth has check up with doctor
9th – 14th Leadership Conference
15th Return to Morogoro
16th-17th Islamics course at Sanga Sanga
22nd Steve’s birthday!
24th-28th In Babati for pastors' seminar
- Please pray for a speedy recovery for Tony and that there will be no legal implications arising from the accident (it has to go to court because there were fatalities). The police have apportioned no blame to Tony for the accident. Tony's left foot/leg is now in plaster.
- Pray for safe travels this month as we go to Nairobi – by car and plane, and that we would benefit from AIM's Leadership Conference.
- Please pray for Ruth’s check-up at hospital, that the various tests will have good outcomes.
- Pray that the Islamics course at Sanga Sanga will be of great benefit to pastors and evangelists and help them to understand and relate to their Muslim neighbours. Tanzania's population is around 40% Muslim.
Random photo of the month:
|The strange but beautiful preying mantis|