|Rainbow over the Uluguru Mountains |
behind our house
|An Easter Sunday walk into the Uluguru |
Mountains, where we found David Livingstone!
“The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy.” Psalm 126:3.
Let me take you back to something we wrote in our Jan/Feb newsletter with regard to a proposed building project at the IBM base: “The next stage of development at Sanga is to build a 250-seat conference hall complete with a seminar room and a small library to aid visiting pastors in their studies. The site has been cleared and various test holes have been dug and the boys with the shovels are about to ‘break ground’, although the speed of progress will depend very much on what’s in the kitty from week to week! If you’re looking for a project to support in 2015, believe in the ethos of IBM and want to contribute, then please consider giving to the conference centre project.”
Well, three months on and someone has indeed done some considering, and blessed us with an extremely generous donation, totalling 60% of the budget!! Needless to say that is a lot of bricks! The team here has been super-encouraged and blown away by this gift, and we’re thankful to God for someone who wants to partner with us in this way, helping to invest in the lives of the Tanzanian pastors we work with. And this gift means that as soon as the rains have stopped (hopefully this month) we’ll be able to welcome on site the shovellers, measurers, hod-carriers, and concrete mixers! We’re looking forward to seeing those bricks slowly rising up from the African soil and becoming a centre where God’s Word can be faithfully taught. We’ll keep you posted!
|A toddler plays with electrical cables |
during a service at the 'Shed Church'
|The beach is alive with the sound of scurrying!|
With regard to the next six weeks, you’ll see from the diary below that we’re on the road for much of them. The conference season kicks off in Moshi and then onwards to Dar nine days later, where months of prep becomes three days of teaching. I am praying a line from the Believers Prayer in Acts 4:29: “Lord, enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness”. The results are indeed up to God but it would be awesome if Acts 4:31 could then also be applied: “The place where they were meeting was shaken and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly”! To those who pray for us, thank you for your steadfast back-up and support, and to those who write or email, thank you for your encouragement – it’s good to hear from you. Our next newsletter/blog update should be out in early July.
|Ruth finally finishes the course at the Morogoro |
Language School and graduates!
- Praise God for the generous donation towards the conference centre building costs.
- As always, for safety on the roads as we travel hundreds of kilometres over the next few weeks.
- For Steve as he preaches in Swahili.
- For Ruth as she undergoes her annual medical check-up in June.
Diary Dates for MAY/JUNE:
25th May: Drive to Tanga – taking new missionaries to their assignment
26th: Drive to Moshi, northern Tanzania for Pastors’ Conference
27-29th: Bible teaching – eight sessions on the role of the Holy Spirit
30th: Drive back to Morogoro
31st: Drive to Dar
1st June: Kurasini Management meeting in Dar – return Morogoro
9th: Travel to Dar for Pastors’ Conference
10-12th: Bible teaching - eight sessions on the role of the Holy Spirit
13th: Flight to Nairobi: annual medical check-up for Ruth
17th: Flight to Dar
18th: Travel to Morogoro
21st: Preaching at the Shed Church in Dakawa!
22nd: Steve's birthday!
Random Photos of the Month:
|A simple home-made toy. Remote control cars |
can only be imagined.
|Cutting from a local newspaper. |
16p–64p hardly seems a killing in our economy!