Rest is an interesting concept for missionaries when there can be many demands on our time. We can often feel the pressure to ‘redeem the time’ for the sake of those who are supporting us financially. And, frankly, sometimes there is just so much to do. But rest is vital if we are to be here for the long haul. It’s sometimes difficult to get the balance right. 2017 has been an exceptionally busy year for us and we are looking forward to a rest. But first, what have we been doing since we last wrote….?
August—Oak Hall in Tanzania!
apopo.org); we enjoyed a mountain hike in the Ulugurus and we had a day on safari where we saw everything including lion!
|Worshipping at AICT Kiloka|
|Ruth's birthday coincided with the visit to AICT Dakawa|
and she was presented with a kanga
October—AIM Tanzania Conference & Iringa
|Bob Hunt - Steve's former|
All Nations tutor
Steve has just returned from Iringa where he has been teaching at the last of this year’s regional seminars. If this were Steve writing you would now get a series of stats—numbers of kilometres driven, hours on the road, numbers of sessions taught etc! Suffice to say, however, that 138 pastors, evangelists and their wives have received teaching on godly leadership this year. Let’s pray that God will use them to shape His church into a model for the world to follow.
Thanks, as always, for your support and prayers for us. Every blessing,
Steve & Ruth
Diary Dates & Prayer Requests:
5 Nov Steve preaching at AICT Dumila
14-17 Nov Evangelists’ plenary seminar at Sanga Sanga
19 Nov Steve preaching at AICT Mbezi Beach, Dar
20-24 Nov Ruth teaching English course for Intermediates
15 Dec Travel to Dar/UK for Christmas break
- Praise God for the completion of this year’s regional pastors’ seminars and pray that God will raise up humble leaders. We are thankful for the many kilometers driven safely and for the people who have received this year’s teaching.
- Praise God for a successful Oak Hall trip, after months of planning. Pray that those who came will be open to God’s calling on their lives to serve him however he chooses.
- Pray for Steve in his Unit Leader duties—he will be travelling to visit various members of the unit over the next few weeks.
- We are planning a short break in the UK over Christmas and New Year. It will be Ruth’s parents’ diamond wedding anniversary on Boxing Day. Pray for safe travels and for a good time with family in Carlisle, Bicester, Newark, Nairn and Elgin! We return to Tanzania via Kenya on 8th January.
|One of our Oak Hall guests has a close encounter with|
a hero rat!