To Our Co-Workers:
“PEOPLE DON’T YOU understand, a child needs a helping hand, or he’ll grow to be an angry young man some day. Take a look at you and me, are we too blind to see, or do we simply turn our heads and look the other way…and his mama cries…” These words, from the song “In the Ghetto,” have echoed in my head since hearing of an infant (along with the umbilical cord and placenta) that was found in the ravine near our house by shepherd boys this morning. The infant was alive and was taken to the hospital. Tanzanian babies are abandoned, dropped in outdoor toilets, hid in bushes, left at the hospital or with strangers. Many mothers are destitute, desperate and scared, not knowing that other options exist. There is the possibility that an orphanage affiliated with the Church will be started here in the next year or two. If this idea comes to pass, as the ONLY orphanage in Tanzania operated by the Lord’s church, can you envision the fruit from such an endeavor of love, caring for both the physical and spiritual needs of these children How the church will grow when these children are reared by Tanzanian Christian parents, schooled on campus by Christian teachers and daily immersed in the Word!
LAST SUNDAY, Jimmy taught and preached at Monduli and announced the upcoming Future Preachers Camp and Tanzania Christian Camp. Tomiko was baptized! Neema and Theresia, (studying with Lindsey several afternoons per week) are completing their TCC applications. Abigail continues to study with Jane and Grace, and Jimmy with Lembris, Rosemary, Isaiah and Usta.
THE MEN CONTINUED learning about THE GOSPEL OF JOHN from Jimmy. Richard Olwenyi, ASCOP student, preached on “The New Commandment of John 13:34." The ladies studied Genesis 20, “replacing fear with faith” and “honesty” while Philiness taught the children.
AT TIMES we have referred to the TZ 2000 Mission Work as “our” work. Certainly we are privileged to have a small part in it (working with the ACSOP and the Kisongo congregation). However, we did not begin it. Building upon the foundation laid by Andrew Connelly, Cy Stafford approached the Kensington Woods elders with a 20-year plan to evangelize East Africa, (Tanzania, in particular). Our report reveals only a small part of the work. Many facets contribute to the over-all spread of the Gospel here. In addition to the preaching school (ACSOP), two Bible schools (Moshi and Arusha) are aimed at educating the “person in the pew.” The TZ 2000 Mission Work belongs to ALL who have contributed in any way.
NEVER A DULL MOMENT. Sunday afternoon, we evacuated our house due to massive smoke coming from the microwave. Evidently, a lesson was needed on how long to warm bread. Two snakes, thankfully both outside, were found in a 24-hour period. Lastly, at lunch, Elijah reminded us of the “Weekly Table Manner”…“No shoulders on the table.”
Have a Blessed Week!
The Jimmy Gee family