|How's that for a gigantic leaf!|
Conference season begins! It’s also the time of the year when the IBM conference season is about to begin and yesterday marked a significant moment for me. As you know, my main focus for the past three months has been the preparation of teaching material for this year’s pastors’ conferences - and yesterday, with a fair amount of relief and satisfaction, I was able to take my twelve teaching sessions to the printers! Actually, the relief was far more palpable than I expected it to be! During the last sentence of translation with my language helper, as I pressed the ‘full-stop’ key on my laptop, I broke down and sobbed my eyes out! Finally, it was ‘mission accomplished’!
|Working hard with evangelist Yohana Dutuyi|
The first conference starts on Wednesday 3rd May, so I’ll be leaving home on Monday, to do battle with the roads, some of which will be rough and not-so-ready! We’ll be based in a small town called Barazani in the north of the country and, as you’ll see from the map, it’s situated right at the top of Lake Eyasi in the Rift Valley, just below the Serengeti plateau and the Ngorongoro Crater. Whilst I did visit Barazani seven years ago (when the lake was completely dry!), I haven’t been to the church where the conference will be held. I’ve been told that “at least the church has a roof”, so it could be interesting! The towns marked with a blue star are the locations of all the conferences that will be taking place over the next seven months.
|Steps up to the Huldah Gates - newer steps to the left,|
original steps to the right
We’ve included some diary dates below, and would be grateful for your prayers as we enter a busy conference period. Please pray that God would move in the lives of the pastors and evangelists, and that He would enable me to teach well, with a Swahili that is beyond my natural ability!! Please pray that we’d also experience good health and safety as we travel. And join with us in thanksgiving for the fact that our conference budget has been met for this year with a generous donation, and for the progress that continues to happen at Sanga Sanga. Many thanks!
Steve & Ruth
Dates for the Diary:
1st-7th: Steve to Barazani – IBM conference 3rd-5th
4th-9th: Ruth to Kilwa for AIM Ladies Retreat
15th-19th: Ruth teaching English course at Sanga Sanga
18th-20th: Steve to Dar for unit leader meetings
27th-31st: Steve to Nairobi for UL meetings/Ruth holidaying with a visiting
13th-18th: Lindi (south) - 2nd IBM pastors’ conference
20th-30th: Corsham Baptist team arrive to help out at Sanga
4th-6th: Sanga Sanga - 3rd IBM pastors’ conference
7th-25th: Ma & Pa Lancs come to visit!
1st-5th: Ifakara - 4th IBM pastors’ conference