|Visiting a Compassion sponsored school |
linked to our AIC church in Morogoro
|Ma and Pa Lancs meet orphan-carers |
|Standing at the top of the Sanje falls in the |
Ruth has just finished leading a TEFL course at Sanga Sanga, teaching English to some of the workers there. She has loved doing it, although it has had its challenges. Her ‘students’ came with a variety of abilities in English, and indeed in literacy – some could speak a few words, some surprised her with random phrases and comments, and one lady was almost illiterate – she could write her name only. But all came with enthusiasm and commitment. It may have been the first time some of them had been in a classroom for many years but they gave it their best and were proud to receive their certificates at the end of the course.
Talking of Sanga Sanga, the Retreat House has been well used during August with a number of groups and visitors. Fran and Felista (bottom right in photo above) have worked hard looking after them all, and we’ve had lots of positive feedback. Publicity leaflets have been produced and sent out to various places so do pray that word will spread and bookings increase. We hope that it will become a self-sustaining facility.
|The old and the new - the original church |
building in Magambua is on the left!
|Steve teaching in the newly-built Sunday School room|
On a lighter note, our return journey from Magambua was probably typical of travel in Africa. We ended up giving a lift to several of the pastors and their wives and 11 of us squeezed like sardines into wherever we could fit. At one point we realised that one lady had smuggled in a live cockerel under the back seat! During the conference our driver (we were using a diocese car) spent his time stocking up on supplies so, even before we started loading our luggage on, the roof rack was already bulging with items, including a bed frame! Thankfully our fears for the suspension were unfounded, and we all survived a bumpy journey of several hours on an earth road before hitting the tarmac and offloading our passengers at Dodoma.
|Ambrose with his carving of |
the Lord's Supper
Thank you for your prayers for us and the different ways in which you support us. The next couple of months will be particularly busy with a lot of travel so we would appreciate your on-going prayers.
Steve and Ruth
Dates for Sept/Oct:
12-15 Sept Steve preaching at Iringa Christian Fellowship retreat
23-27 Sept Steve teaching at pastors’ conference at Ifakara
30 Sept-13 Oct Steve in Israel leading Oak Hall trip
7-11 Oct Pastors’ conference in Mbeya – Ruth attending
15-20 Oct AIM Tanzania Region Conference, Dar es Salaam
23-26 Oct Pastors’ conference in Dar es Salaam – Steve teaching
Points for prayer:
• Praise God for safety over the many miles we’ve travelled.
• Praise God for good health and the chance to enjoy a holiday.
• Pray for the pastors’ seminars in September and October.
• Pray for Steve as he leads the trip to Israel.
Random photos of the month:
|African Fish Eagle - Ruaha National Park|
|Don't call the fire brigade - it's just a|