|We celebrated Steve's birthday in June with |
a trip to Mikumi National Park
In the great scheme of things, 2 years is not a long time. And yet, as we look back at them, we can truly say we feel settled here in Morogoro. We are pressing on (some might say plodding on!) with learning language and culture, and we are both busy in the roles we came here to do. We give thanks to God for helping us so far, for the way He’s helped us to adjust, to learn and to settle. There have been ‘blips’ along the way, but we can say with Isaiah, “Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished You have done for us.” (Is. 26:12).
|Steve teaching at the conference in Moshi|
Photos from the conferences: l-r: Steve with Pastor Matinya, Pastor Yatoshta, and the kitchen at the Dar conference!
This month we will be making the longest journey we’ve done so far in Tanzania, down to Mtwara for a pastors’ seminar. Mtwara (twinned with Redditch, by the way!) is in the far south of Tanzania—next stop Mozambique! It will take us almost 2 days of travel to get there. We understand that the road to the south is tarmacked and fairly good. This seminar, although it won’t have as high numbers as the previous two, will provide encouragement to the pastors and evangelists who otherwise might feel cut off from the rest of the Diocese. Then, in August, we travel to Ifaraka (a mere 5 hours away!) for a pastors' conference there.
Our trip to Nairobi coincided with that of various members of AIM’s International Office and also a friend of Ruth’s from Tearfund and Oak Hall days who was en-route home from Rwanda. We had a good time catching up with folks and managed to fit in a visit to the Eastern Region office to join them in their daily prayer/chai time. We attended the morning service at Nairobi Baptist and found that the preacher was, until recently, a member of St. Nicholas, Sevenoaks, the very church where we were married and that Ruth’s friend attends! What a small world!
|Matt Dixon with Fidelis, our building contractor|
We’re looking forward to a visit from the UK of Ruth’s (twin) sister Rachel and Ian, her husband. This will be their first foray into Africa and we hope to be able to show them something of what we do, a slice of real life in Tanzania, as well as having a few days of tourist Africa on safari and visiting Zanzibar. It will be interesting to see their reactions...
Thank you, as always, for your interest, prayers and support.
Steve & Ruth
For your prayers:
• Praise God for His help and guidance over 2 years in Tanzania.
• Praise God for good results from Ruth’s check-up.
• Pray that the construction work at Sanga Sanga will proceed well.
• Pray for safety as we travel to conferences.
• Pray for the pastors’ seminars in Mtwara and Ifakara.
• Pray for good times with family and friends as they visit.
Diary Dates for July/August:
6th/7th July Travel to Mtwara
8th-10th Teaching at Mtwara AIC pastors’ seminar
11th/12th Travel back to Morogoro via Dar
19th Steve preaching at AIC Dakawa
20th-24th Meeting with Africa leaders for prayer summit in Bagamoyo
4th August Travel to Ifakara
5th-7th Teaching at AIC Ifakara pastors’ seminar
8th Travel home to Morogoro
12th-22nd Ruth’s sister and brother-in-law visit
20th Ruth’s (and Rachel’s!) birthday
Random Photos of the Month:
Whoops! Should have gone to Specsavers!