We want to thank singer/songwriter Jason Poe for designating all the proceeds from his latest release “Flesh + Blood” to go towards purchasing Braille typewriters for the PWA (People with Albinism) living in Tanzania. With his recent donation of $5000 we were able to purchase 10 refurbished Braillers plus a large supply of cleaning and refurbishing kits to keep these Braillers working well. We will also be able to repair and clean the broken Braillers that the Buhangija School have not been able to use for some time. Click here to download Jason’s album. Remember that all proceeds from the sell of this album goes to the PWA ministry of Tanzania.
We were also given 6 used Braillers from the Ministry to the Blind which operates under the Home Missions Dept of the Assemblies of God. In addition, were have also been given 3 Swahili Braille Bibles to place in schools which have students who have been trained in the use of Braille. Each of these Swahili Braille Bibles takes up six feet of space on a shelf.
Our daughter, Jennifer, has completed a new PWA video for us that features the song “Grace” from Jason Poe’s album “Flesh + Blood”. We are excited about this moving video that explains the plight of the PWA in Tanzania. Click here to watch it.
We are excited about these new developments in our ongoing journey to minister to the PWA of Tanzania.
Our daughter, Jenn, has finished our new PWA (People with Albinism) video featuring a song from the new album, “Flesh + Blood” by singer/songwriter Jason Poe. Jason is donating all the proceeds from his album to purchase Braille Typewriters for the Albino children whose vision is impaired to the point that they are legally blind and need to use Braille to read and write. The new video features the song, “Grace”; written and performed by Jason.
We pray that this video will be both educational and motivational in bringing awareness to the plight of the Albino people of Tanzania. If you want to make donations to assist in reaching the Albino population of Tanzania with the love of Jesus, click here for more information.
You can download the album at http://jasonpoemusic.com/.
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We just returned from our short tour of several SD and NE churches; we made contact with these churches when we hosted our last team in Tanzania before we headed to the states for our furlough last year. The team was made up mostly of people from the Assemblies of God churches in Lead SD, Beatrice NE and Valentine NE. We were in that area from March 2 through March 11.
We saw most of the team members and took part in services in all three churches. This was our first visit to that area of NE and to SD and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing that part of our nation. In addition to seeing some friends from the team and meeting some wonderful new people, we came away with some great memories. We visited some game reserves where we drove through Prairie Dog towns and saw wild buffalo (bison) grazing, drove through the beautiful Black Hills National Forest, visited the famous town of Deadwood SD (where many of the old west heroes lived and died such as Wild Bill Hickok) and was able to visit awesome Mt. Rushmore.
Our trip was cut short when we were trying to get to our last service in Red Cloud NE, pastor Steve Wilson has been a long time friend and the church has supported our ministry for a number of years. We were driving in blizzard conditions and after waiting for county plows to clear the road for us to continue we were told that the road on ahead would be covered over in numerous places. We decided we needed to back track a little ways and take the highway south while we still could.
We were able to drive out of the blizzard conditions in about 2 hours and kept making our way south and east towards Kansas City and on towards Springfield. We were disappointed that we were unable to continue on to Red Cloud but Pastor Steve was very gracious about our need to turn back and head south.
This is one of our churches in the village of Mwamashimba about 2 hours outside of Mwanza where Tim and I visited one Sunday. Tim had the adults inside the church and I had the children outside under a tree. Notice the seating; the middle section were rows of cement blocks. Those on the sides were squeezed tightly together on the few benches the church owned. Does it make you feel guilty about complaining how uncomfortable the pews are that you have to sit on each Sunday????
As we watch the rise of gun violence in the US, we also receive word of the attacks against PWA (People with Albinism) increasing over the past several weeks in Tanzania. For awhile, it seems the attacks had begun to dwindle but are on the increase once again. You can follow this link to a story of the most recent attack against a seven year old boy who lost his arm to attackers. http://news.iafrica.com/worldnews/842967.html.
This past weekend, on the island of Zanzibar, a Catholic priest was shot and a church was burned down. The church, the Pool of Siloam Church, was burned by a mob in 2011 and the congregation had just finished rebuilding the church when a group attacked the guards who ran off and then they burned the church again.
A Canadian Assemblies of God Tanzanian pastor was killed with a Machete (large knife/sword) by a mob of Muslim youth in the Geita District over an on going dispute between Christians and Muslims over business issues in the area. The Geita District is one of the eight districts that we work with in Tanzania.
Violence is on the rise around the world as the battle between good and evil continues; we need the help of the Holy Spirit as we literally do spiritual warfare to spread the Good News of the Gospel around the world.
Tim left for Tanzania on Tuesday; he is meeting up with a team from Cornerstone Church in Madison TN. They will be traveling to the Kagera Region to start the Church Planting School for that District. While they are there, they will also be putting up a church roof for a new church started in a nearby village. Pray for Tim and the team as they work through all the logistics of getting the building materials trucked from Mwanza around Lake Victoria by road rather than across the lake on the ferry. They have not seen either site yet and even though all the gravel, sand, water and other local materials are supposed to be waiting at the site when they arrive, experience bears out that this is often not the case.
This little church just south of Tabora Tanzania is a simple mud block church with a thatch roof; it is about 10 ft x 15 ft. in size and they have about 40 people that worship there on Sundays. There are no chairs other than a couple of wooden benches. Most people sit on the floor and even sit around the door outside.