February 25, 2013 Report
"Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me." (Psalm 119:133)
We hope you are enjoying your Sunday. Ours is bright and sunny! Thank you so much for your interest in the TZ 2000 Mission Work. We appreciate you reading our report. Today the ladies class completed Genesis chapter 37 (Joseph is sold by his brothers), Jimmy taught the New Convert's class (questions and answers) and Abigail taught the children (Saul's Disobedience).
Trina's first study with Esther and Rosie went well. They studied in Rosie's rented room of a fairly large mud hut (where others also rented a single room). Trina suggested the study take place outside because it was quite warm and dark inside but Rosie did not have any chairs. So, the study took place inside with Trina sitting on the bed, Esther on a side table and Rosie on a bucket. Both ladies really want to learn, making the study very enjoyable. Last week, we wrote that Esther was unable to read and did not know the common language (Swahili) but only her tribal language. We found out that she does speak some Swahili. Unfortunately, the factory they work at required them to work all last night. Esther stayed home this morning to sleep but Rosie managed to attend Bible Study and worship.
Our friend, Allie Reed, left to return to the states after a 5-month stay. We will miss her and wish her a safe journey.
Andrew Connally School of Preaching is still going strong with classes (this week being the half-way point of the quarter). We will soon begin introducing the new English students in our future reports.
Jimmy's great-aunt Edith (Kincaid) celebrated her 81st birthday! She and her sister, Ruth Samples (86 years old...the oldest member of our clan), are loyal supporters of our work!
Good News! The needed travel funds for our furlough are down to $7,000 (thanks to the generosity of a congregation in Chattanooga, TN!). Only 49 more DAYS until our target departure date. We are so appreciative of the generosity of so many. Please pray that the needed funds will arrive soon before the cost of the tickets go up again. Anyone who has flown knows that the sooner you buy your tickets the lower the price. Those who have given in the past month or so should be receiving a "thank-you" card from us soon (sent with Allie to be mailed in the U.S. due to the unreliability of the TZ post office). We always want to express our gratitude to anyone who supports this work!
Thank you for your concern for the lost souls in Tanzania and for us personally as we work here. May the Lord bless you richly for your kindness and assistance in helping us go home to see our families! (Scroll down one more page for a few more pictures...two in particular showing how two of the children have grown)!
With Love From Africa,
Jimmy, Trina, Lindsey, Abigail, Heather, Candace, Stuart, David, Naomi, Elijah and Matthew