These changing seasons are reflected a little in our ministry lives too. We have now completed all of the Institute of Bible & Ministry's regional conferences, meaning that Steve has completed his teaching on the Holy Spirit that he began preparing for in January, and we won't be travelling as much now. Of course, there is always administration and finance work to do so Ruth will still be busy!
|On the road to Magambua, among |
the towering baobabs
|The queue for lunch was pretty long!|
Last month the AIM Tanzania Conference took place in Dar es Salaam. Steve and I and another couple were the main organisers so, as you can imagine, we have been rather busy lately! It was a lovely time of catching up with friends, getting to know others better, receiving good teaching, enjoying lively worship in English and taking the opportunity to rest and relax. It was wonderful to hear of how God is working in the places in which AIM members serve and of how Tanzanian believers are ministering to their countrymen and women. Our pastor, Eddie Larkman, from our home church, was the main speaker and it was so good to be under his teaching again and to spend time with him, Kathy his wife, and the team from Corsham Baptist who came to run the children’s programme. The team was a huge hit with the kids who were often seen queuing up early during breaks in their eagerness to get back into the children’s room.
|Eddie & Kathy at home|
with us in Morogoro
Election fever! Sunday 25th October was a significant day here in Tanzania and our first taste of an election in Africa. For the past few months the country has been awash with the colours of the various political parties with flags and huge posters appearing all over. For the first time in 54 years there was a serious challenge to the reign of the ruling party with the opposition of four coalition parties. Thankfully election day passed off fairly peacefully, although there were outbreaks of violence in a few places (not Morogoro) and protests about irregularities in the voting process. Our team kept a low profile during this time, mostly staying at home. We pray that God’s chosen leaders for this country will lead with justice and compassion.
|The columns are rising at Sanga Sanga|
We are happy to have our teammates Tony & Cath Swanson back with us having returned from their home assignment a few weeks ago. Our thoughts are inevitably turning to our own home assignment which begins in March next year. It seems amazing to me that we are nearing the end of our first term in Tanzania. Where has that time gone?! We are so grateful to God for helping us reach this point, feeling settled, coping with a new language, new culture and a new climate, and being useful in the work we came to do.
Our plans for home assignment are far from fixed at present but we will be spending time with family and friends, taking some holiday, and visiting various churches that are supporting us. We intend, God willing, to return to Morogoro in September, if our teammates will have us back!!
Thank you, as always, for your support, prayers and encouragement.
Steve and Ruth
Prayer and Praise:
- Praise God for the AIM Tanzania conference, for refreshment, good teaching and renewed relationships.
- Pray for Tanzania’s new president and government.
- Pray that the evangelists who attended the recent conference will be refreshed and equipped for their ministries.
- Pray that God will guide us as we make plans for home assignment.
Random photos of the month:
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build the steps