One of the projects that Tim did while in Tanzania this month was the installation of a water filtering system for the Mwanza Bible College. This was due to a donation of funds (to purchase buckets and hoses) and water filters by Missionary Gary Higgins.
Tim spent one morning together with all the students and staff to show them how simple the system was to put together, maintain and operate. Basically each system requires a bucket, some tubing and a small easily maintained filter system. Enough of these were placed around the school to provide all 120 students plus all the staff and faculty with clean, pure water. This will eliminate the problem of boiling enough water for this many people every day and will help alleviate the recurring problem of typhoid and cholera amongst the students from drinking contaminated water.
Not only was the entire school outfitted with the water filtering system, but each of the 120 students were given a small one-bucket system to take back to their homes. This will provide enough clean drinking water for their entire family and even some neighbors and friends.
There was much rejoicing around the school because they would have clean water; something we tend to take for granted.
I apologize for the lack of posts on our website these past three months, I am going to make an extreme effort to try posting at least once a week from this point on. Facebook has become the focus of our communications in recent weeks. It’s quick and easy to post a quick note to our readers there. Since my chemo started I have found I don’t have the energy to devote to keeping all of our media options current. However, we want to maintain our website since we view it as an important communication tool.
The last communication we posted was just prior to the beginning of my chemotherapy treatments following my double mastectomy for breast cancer in June. I began my chemotherapy in July and have completed 5 of my 8 scheduled treatments. Our family has felt God’s peace and presence throughout this entire process. Overall, I have handled the treatments well and have experienced a minimum of symptoms; I know this is due to the many prayers that have gone up for me around the world in churches and by individuals. We want to thank all of you for your faithful prayers; they have made a huge difference in this journey for us.
The main thing I battle with is being sleepy and tired much of the time; I tire easily even on the days that I feel well. I have a few other symptoms such as nausea and pain in my feet and legs; I have medicine to help with those problems. Some problems such as “chemo brain” – confusion in my speech and thought processes – will pass after chemo.
We want to thank all of you for your many prayers on our behalf. We love you and appreciate you.
*MY NEXT POST WILL BE TANZANIA UPDATES FROM TIM’S SEPTEMBER TRIP THERE! MANY EXCITING THINGS ARE HAPPENING SO STAY TUNED.
Tim & Joyce Jarvis
For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. 2 Timothy 1:12
Three weeks ago I had a bilateral mastectomy because they discovered that I had breast cancer. We went last week for our appointment with the Oncologist and he confirmed that there was no cancer in the breast tissue or lymph nodes. Praise the Lord! HOWEVER, the cancer I had was a Triple Negative cancer. This is the most aggressive kind of cancer you can have and is extremely fast growing. It can reappear anywhere in the body. In light of this information, I will begin Chemotherapy treatments on July 9.
The Doctor is concerned that I may not be able to tolerate the Chemo because my blood platelets are so low; they are roughly half of what they should be. They will be monitoring my blood platelet count during my chemo treatments.
At this point in time, my last treatment is scheduled for November 21; so we are on personal (medical) leave until the end of this year.
It grieves us that we will not be able to return to Tanzania this year especially since we were able to raise our funds so quickly this itineration. However, we feel God’s peace and presence with us and know that He is in control of all aspects of our lives. We trust Him to work out His perfect will. It was a miracle that they found the cancer three days before we boarded the plane to return to Tanzania. We know that He is walking with us through this situation.
We have received word that the Women’s Dorm at the Mwanza Bible College is almost finished; the floor tiles and the aluminum windows are all that remain.
Tim will be traveling to Tanzania for a month at the end of August to host a team that will be finishing the Church Planting School and do outreach ministry in the Kagera District.
We continue to monitor the Albino situation from here via our contacts and information from the group Under the Same Sun. Attacks against PWA (People with Albinism) have been on the increase in recent months but the United Nations has been monitoring the situation and has come out with several statements condemning the acts of violence against PWA and demanding that the Tanzanian government take steps to correct this atrocity.
We continue to hear encouraging reports that the Gospel is being spread throughout remote areas of the country. Many Districts in our region are in need of assistance with establishing churches and putting up permanent structures in villages across the region. We are attempting to raise funds for a container of 10 church roofs to be sent to the Mara region – a region that has been poorly evangelized and with few churches. However, the Holy Spirit is moving in that area and we are seeing small groups of believers being established in remote areas that have been resistant to the Gospel in the past.
Pray for the work in Tanzania. The National Church has a vision to see the Good News spread to every village and people group in Tanzania. There has been much prayer and fasting and the Holy Spirit is opening doors of opportunity across Tanzania that previously have been closed to the Church.
We have been given a supply of water filters to install at the Mwanza Bible School so that the students will have clean water to drink. This should cut down drastically on the water-born sicknesses at the school including the high frequency of Typhoid.
We will continue to keep you posted on Joyce’s health during her time of Chemo and also keep you posted on the events and ministry going on in Tanzania.
Thanks to each of you for your many prayers on our behalf; we have been overwhelmed with the numbers of cards, emails and other communications we have received since we learned of Joyce’s cancer at the end of May.
“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” Proverbs 16:9
We realize that so much has transpired since we sent our last newsletter that it is difficult to know where to begin. Let us begin with praise to God for the great things HE has done:
1. We have finished our itinerary in record time for us; shortly over a year. Our monthly budget and cash budget are completely raised.
2. We have traveled thousands of miles in all kinds of weather without accidents or mishaps.
3. We met many new friends and ministry partners as well as visited with ministry partners that have faithfully supported us for many years.
4. We were able to visit with family and spend time with our two daughters.
5. We received many reports throughout the year from Tanzania that the work of the Lord is continuing and that God is pouring out His Spirit upon that land in new and exciting ways.
6. The new Women’s Dorm at the Mwanza Bible College is finished once the ceramic tiles are put down for the floor and the painting is finished. The women students are rejoicing! The Bible School is growing in enrollment and we are already in need of a new men’s dorm.
7. The Decade of Harvest for the Tanzania Assemblies of God (TAG) is progressing; there have been close to 4,000 new churches planted since the plan was implemented in 2009.
8. Church Planting schools are being built in each of the eight districts in our region of Tanzania.
9. Churches are being established in remote areas in our region and the light of the Gospel is coming to spiritually dark places for the first time.
10. We have resolved several health issues this year during our itineration and are believing God to finish the work He has started in our physical bodies.
Three days before we boarded the plane to return to Tanzania, Joyce received word that her mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy revealed that she has cancer in her right breast. Plane tickets have been canceled and suitcases partially unpacked for this unexpected delay. Joyce is scheduled for a double mastectomy on June 11. The double mastectomy is her choice as a preventative measure; she is at high risk for recurring breast cancer. We won’t know until a week or so after surgery whether Chemotherapy will be needed. The Doctor feels there is a fair chance it will be required depending on the pathology report from the lymph nodes which will be removed during surgery.
Tim, our daughters, Jennifer and Sarah, and I are standing strong in faith and trusting the Lord in this situation. We have a wonderful sense of His presence and peace. Our prayer is that we will walk worthy as children of God and that our words and actions will be a witness to those around us. In the times when we do have fear or doubts, we pray that we will be refilled with HIS peace.
Thank you for your prayers on our behalf; we have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and encouragement we have received in this situation.
“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you (Lord) are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God”
We continue to be your hand extended to the lost people of Tanzania. We hope to return to Tanzania by the end of the summer if all goes well and God is willing.
As always, we want to take time to thank each one of you for your prayers and support; each of you are valuable to God’s Kingdom and to the work He is doing through us in Tanzania. We could not be in Tanzania and accomplish anything for God without your faithfulness to give and to pray. We know that God will pour out His blessings upon all who are involved in His work.
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/.
Please feel free to share the video below.
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.