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.
We would like to thank the Springfield Southeast Rotary Club (Springfield MO) for their generous gift of $5000 to the Buhangija School for the Visually Impaired in Shinyanga Tanzania. There are about 250 Albino Children (CWA-Children with Albinism) who live at the school.
Tim and I visit the school often when we are there but have been in the states for furlough since April. However, Tim made a trip to Tanzania in August to host a building team of 32 people. While he was there, he presented the money to the school so they could build some toilets and shower facilites for the children. The children have all been sharing 2 outside toilets and have had no shower facilites at all. They wash using buckets standing around outside with the older children going behind some of the buildings to bathe.
We just received pictures today from the school Headmaster, Mr Ajali, showing that the toilets and showers have been completed. They children are excited about their new facilities; it will be very helpful in relieving the problems related to the severe over-crowding at the school.
Tim and the team are in Mwanza Tanzania working to finish the Mwanza District Church Planting School; part of the team is painting and helping with some work at the Mwanza Bible College. Last Saturday Tim traveled to the Buhangija School in Shinyanga TZ to deliver funds that were donated by the Springfield MO Rotary Club; the money will be used to build bathroom and shower facilites for the 200+ Albino children who live at the school.
Tim was also able to install some donated water filters at the school; thanks to missionary Gary Higgins for providing the water filters and finding donors to pay for them. The children and staff were excited at the prospect of having safe, clean water to drink. The filters were easy to install and very easy to maintain; clean water is a blessing that we take for granted in America. The children will be much healthier and happier now that they have plenty of clean water to drink.