After a wonderful dinner at The Alcove with Bishop Valentine, Alice and Simon (and a joyful reunion with the vendors on the sidewalk outside), everyone is pretty much packed and in bed.
Tomorrow we have a couple of errands to finish up, then lunch and onto the airport. Many of us have mixed emotions about leaving...but one thing is sure...a part of our hearts will be left behind as we board our flight to Addis. Praise be to God Almighty for His Great love for us that has allowed us to be a part of His ministry here in Tanzania.
We love you all and will see you soon!
Kyle, Kelsey, Anne, Amanda, Greg, Logan, Robbie, Bill and Kathie
Bwana Asifiwe! Today we get to go and be the hands and feet of Jesus to the home bound in Buguruni! This is always a highlight of our trip. This is when we go into the slum area and visit the people who receive home care from Dr. Chilowaka and his team...although due to lack of funding, his team has been decimated and it seems he is singly handedly providing this much needed care. It was only after we had been coming regularly for several years that we were invited into Buguruni, after they were assured that our mission was not one that only came once, but one that loved the people with the love of Jesus. We have been building and strengthening relationship for 8 years now and the fruit of our faithfulness shows. Praise be to our glorious God! It is all His doing. He has been changing us into His image, not always in ways we would choose, but in His ways...which are always better, even when and if we don't understand them. Please pray for us as you go to bed today that God will use us in ways that will show us clearly His Power and His Glory!
The morning has been spent building new relationships and visiting those we had not yet seen to keep thoserelationships up to date. St. Mark's has grown and expanded a lot since our last visit several years ago. It was a very good visit.
Then those who had not been to the clinic yet this year had a tour that included the new Women's Annex and the beginnings of St. James Hospital. Great growth but still incredible needs here.....someone to help raise funds is greatly needed. Please join us in prayer for the person/s God has already spoken to about this need.
We had hoped to go the the secondary school before the students left for the day, but traffic has changed that.
The Clergy Conference here in Dar has had some bumps and is not starting until this afternoon. Some one is picking Greg up at the hotel between 1 and 1:30...and we still are not back there yet! Please pray!
We'll let you know what happens....
Keep this prayers coming...please!
Love to you all,
Your Tanzanian Team
The team has arrived safely at Mikumi for their safari and a couple days of well deserved rest and relaxation. Below is their update from Facebook:
Long day of travel....we left Kibindu about 11am after being sent off in a flurry of heartfelt prayers full of the love of Jesus. What a beautiful send off. All the praise and glory belongs to God! We felt His presence in a powerful way these past few days. The response to Kyle's and Anne's story telling brought tears to my eyes. Alice interpreted and the concentration of the Muslim women listening was worth the whole trip.
The medical team didn't leave until after 2 pm. In 2 1/2 days they saw over 500 patients! Today was deworming for the children. We expect that by now they are safely back in Dar and probably are totally
We are all pretty tired, too, but it is a good tired knowing
that God was doing His thing in wonderful ways.
We saw giraffes, water buffalo and impala as we drove through the park in the dark! Beautiful sunset tonight was a harbinger of another day filled with the love and presence of Jesus. Bwana asifiwe! Lala salama!
Please continue to pray for them all!
It turns out that a lot of kids had to be in school today, so we changed our plan a bit. Anne, Amanda, Kelsey, Robbie and Kyle sat on a big mat and began making crosses with yarn and craft sticks. Slowly, moms who were waiting to see the doctor began to trickle over and watch...and we gave them away as we made them. Soon a few children started making them with us and we ended up with quite a crowd. At least 30 children—both young and school aged who cannot afford school—sat and made crosses. After a couple of hours we grabbed Alice and Kyle told the Creation Story with Godly Play materials as Alice translated. Amazing experience!!! I loved hearing Alice speak Kiswahili to the children! Not sure how much they understood but the older kids seemed to get more out of it and everyone paid attention and watched the story unfold. After lunch, we had CRAZY playtime with a soccer ball, frisbees, jump ropes and making many more crosses. In the afternoon you could feel peace descend over the whole place and a spirit of fun pervaded everything. A little bit of God's magic!
This morning we were able to teach Sunday School at the cathedral. Kyle told the creation story (Godly Play) and the children seemed to enjoy it. At first they were shy and didn't speak much, but as the story went on and we had more fun, they opened up. It was fun to act out the different days with them, like swimming in the water and being a growing plant, and the children enjoyed it a lot as well.
Overall, the lesson seemed to be successful. The children enjoyed it and I did, too. I'm excited to see what will happen this week at Kibindu and what God will do!
This morning Kyle, Kelsey, Anne, Amanda, and Robbie
helped out in the classrooms while teachers attended a funeral....quite an
Yvonne, Logan, Bill and Kathie went shopping for camping
supplies for Kibindu. One of the women at the school is at the market now
buying most of our food...and the food we will be sharing. Since it is Ramadan,
we will not be cooking for a large group, but we will give each family who comes
to the clinic some rice and potatoes to take home.
The lorry is getting two new batteries and is having some welding done on the front bumper and the bus is getting a tune up. By the time we arrive at St. Augustine's at about 7 AM tomorrow, the lorry should (maybe) be loaded and we will be all set to go. We think there will be 18 to 20 of us but we won't know until we start driving down the road!
Everyone is all set for adventure. Our food will be simple and
bland but nourishing: groundnuts, rice, potatoes, carrots, onions, beans,
chapati, mandazi, fruit, tea and coffee. We have three tents, mats (not for
everyone), lightweight sleeping bags, and just the essentials in clothing and
toiletries and we will e bringing 20 plastic chairs.....and hopefully a table or
two. Think we are just about all ready. What we need now is a total covering of
prayer. God has led us this far and He ill see us through!
Blessings to you all.....
This blog has been created to keep you up-to-date on all of the things God is doing through the team He has sent to Tanzania from St. Luke's Church, Hilton Head Island, SC. Sometimes it is difficult for the team to send information to us due to limited access to the Internet. Be assured that all of the latest news will be posted as soon as it is received. We ask that you please keep this mission team in your prayers and be sure to post your comments of encouragement when you feel led.