Blessings…

We have been in the states since April 5 and have been in Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee and North Carolina visiting churches; looking for new ministry partners and saying “Thanks” to those who already partner with us to reach the lost of Tanzania.
We have recently received news that the Mwanza Bible College that the Dining Hall now has 15 new tables and 150 new chairs; we received the money for this project before we left Tanzania and the project has been completed.  The Bible College students and staff are rejoicing; thanks to our friends at Africa’s Hope for their generosity.
Also, we were awarded a check from the Springfield MO Rotary Club in the amount o $5,000 to provide toilet and shower facilities at the Buhangija School for the Visually Impaired in Shinyanga Tanzania; 225 Albino children live at this school.  We want to thank the Rotary Club for their generosity; we hope to have the new toilets and showers installed when Tim takes a short trip back to Tanzania in late August.

Computer Lab



New Computer Lab at Mwanza Bible College



In January, we hosted a team of four men from Africa’s Hope in Springfield MO.  Their purpose here in Mwanza was to install the new computer lab at the Mwanza Bible College.  Thanks to their many hours of labor for the week they were here, we now have a wonderful, well outfitted computer lab at the Mwanza Bible, the teachers all have computers, and all computers have been freed from viruses and upgraded.

We have a lab with 12 computers; it will be the first time that most of the students (pastors) have touched a computer.  We will begin with the basics and work our way up from there. We thank the Lord for the gift of the computers and all the software, wiring, remodeling of the room, etc that was provided for this project.

Women’s Ministry

The Women’s Ministry Department (WWK) of the TAG have a manual for the individual groups in each church to follow; it basically instructs women how to be a blessing to their church, their pastor, their leadership, their families and their community.
The church at Kisesa was closed for awhile and has been reopened for about a year.  They have started up the WWK group in the church and are attempting to fulfull their goals to be a blessing. 
As part of their efforts, they contacted us and asked if they could visit us in our home and be a blessing to us. 
They arrived on Saturday about 11:00 and stayed for a couple of hours. We sang together, prayed together and spent time getting acquainted.  At the request of the pastor I spent a few minutes encouraging the women and commending them for their desire to be a blessing and for their valuable ministry within the church body.
Women have a very difficult life here and rarely receive any recognition or thanks for what they do.  I always to encourage them and show them my appreciation whenever I have the opportunity.
They brought Tim and I gifts; we each received a piece of material to have a garment made (very common gift here), two watermelons and a bag of oranges.
I had prepared some refreshments for them which they enjoyed; some of the food they were familiar with but I also introduced them to sweet & sour meatballs and banana bread. 
It was a nice visit and the first time for most of them to be in a “white person’s” home.