Returning To Tanzania And Getting Back To Work...

I had a wonderful trip home and I am extremely grateful to those who made it possible. I was able to be there for Levi's birthday, and for Josiah's stay in the hospital. We received wonderful news about Josiah and we praise God for answered prayers. I even got to be present for Josiah's first day of preschool. It's such a blessing to have been able to witness that milestone.

The timing of the trip made it possible to be present for Polishing the Pulpit. What a wonderful time of renewal and refreshing! This was a great opportunity to reconnect with fellow servants of God and to encourage one another. The challenging lessons presented were motivating and encouraging. Our teammates, Cy and Stephanie Stafford, presented several lessons and helped to highlight the importance of missions. I'm confident that my work will benefit from getting to participate in this event.

When the visit was over, my spirit was refreshed and ready to get back to the field. Unfortunately, with a regularly scheduled furlough coming up in 3 months, it was too expensive to bring the whole family back for such a short time. So, it was necessary to bid them farewell for a season (literally, the season of autumn). 

We did come across a rumor that we were coming home early. I'd like to put that misunderstanding to rest and assure you that we have not altered our original plans regarding the work.

About 8 hours after arriving at my home in Tanzania I was back in the classroom at the Andrew Connally School of Preaching starting the 3rd quarter with our 1st year students. This quarter I'm teaching them the book of Job. One of my favorites! It's a great reminder that God is in control and is always worthy of our trust.  Blessed be the name of the Lord!

I was also pleased to welcome a new student from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He will be finishing his education with us after his previous school in Uganda had to shut down. ACSOP continues to be an asset to the Lord's church, not only in Tanzania, but to all of East Africa. 

Would you like a visit during December or early January? Contact me so that I can get you on the schedule.

Daniel Gaines

To see Daniel’s report with pictures, please click here.

Posted on September 6, 2015 .