“I LOVE A RAINY NIGHT.” Yes, we agree with the musician/singer Eddie Rabbit … blessings fell from heaven last night and the ground was soaked this morning. Our boys loved slipping and sliding (in the van) on the way to services this morning. Jimmy taught the Bible class and preached to a full house an excellent sermon entitled “Contending for the Faith.” It was an extremely timely lesson because we had a lady visitor from London, England. Her name was Naomi and she will be living at the International School (next door to us) for about 3 months while she volunteers with a local sewing project.
“THE OLDER WOMEN [SHOULD BE]…TEACHERS OF GOOD THINGS. Titus 2:3” Our Personal Evangelism class was very biblical because an older woman (Edith Kincaid, age 79) was teaching good things. We appreciate the many hours Edith spent in the preparation and presentation of her lessons. Twelve women received a certificate for their attendance and were thankful to receive a nice Bible cover (donated by Walter and Rita Ward and Tom and Linda McKleroy, members of the Oxford, AL congregation). The material used was written by George Jensen (missionary in Iringa, Tanzania) with additional material from Roger Campbell (missionary in Malaysia). Twelve women now know more about teaching others one-on-one and hopefully will start practicing. I will try to keep you informed. Edith continues to teach non-, new and weak Christians on a daily basis.
THANK YE, THANK YE, THANK YE… to all who contributed to Lindsey and Abigail's work permits which will allow them to attend classes at the ACSOP, teach classes and conduct personal Bible studies. We now have enough to get the permits and will start the process in the next week or so. Thank you very much for giving them this opportunity!
The Bible translation team met this week and worked on the book of Luke. Again, they are taking a Swahili translation which is in the public domain and correcting it using the NASB95 and McCord's translation. Jimmy supervises the project while ACSOP graduates do the heavy lifting. Isaac Mwangonde, Michael Mitalami and Ogutu Charles are the three men who come to Arusha every two months or so to do this wonderful work.
READY, SET, GO…We’re gearing up for the Galatians Seminar scheduled for this Saturday, October 8th, from 9-4 pm. Ladies from area congregations have been invited and we are expecting a large crowd. Edith will teach 2 lessons and the other lessons will be taught by Tanzanian Christians.
ACSOP...As we have said in past reports, Jimmy will be teaching a short course this week. The topic is "The Church." Then, beginning the next Monday the fourth and final quarter of the year will begin. Thanks again to Buddy Fry for teaching the last short course which ended on Friday. Since we have not heard differently we are assuming he made it home safely on Saturday.
Finally, thanks to those who have contributed to the ACSOP generator fund. We now have around $800 committed. That means we have just $22,200 to go. We know that God will accomplish His will in the matter.
Thank you for making a difference in Tanzania and all of East Africa!