Hi from Tanzania again,
We have been back from Australia a couple of weeks now. Its been great to come back and find our Imara team doing so well under the leadership of Godsave. They gave us a great welcome back and certainly seemed excited to have us back in Tanzania. Its a privilege to be able to serve with these wonderful folks,
Lyndall and Esther and team are in the middle of teaching another group of HIV/AIDS trainees. They will go back and work out of their churches to bring care to the sick in the area and here they they are crying out for help before we sent them out. Many sick have received hope as they are visited, prayed for, cared for. Instead of feeling like lepers, they are loved and accepted. Jessica and Amanda have joined us as interns with the HIV/AIDS team for 2 months.
Discipleship work into the villages is growing in depth. Carolyn was over with the team in April and set the stage for the gathering of 100 key discipleship leaders later in the year. We will be training and mentoring them for the next 2-3 years and our prayer is that each leader will raise up and mentor 5-10 others over time. Jones is out there encouraging those that have already made a start.
Also 100 leaders were VERY blessed to have input from Samaritan Strategy team
from Nairobi. They planted valuable seeds in the leaders hearts to stir them to
take what they have before God and ask Him to help them rather than wait for
outside help. [Our dependency MUST be on Him! Many sit around waiting when the
resources are right before us if we would only look!]
really sorry to miss Stephen Cullen [who has visited here for many years now]
and Paul Prentice when they shared with some of our key leaders that we brought
together from various locations. I know the leaders VERY MUCH appreciated their
prophetic ministry in the preaching and encouragement ministries they brought.
Godsave, Heff and Isaac continue to work hard with our widows, orphans and schools. We need support into one of the schools [Likamba] to help it continue but generally they are going well in their different stages of development.
Karanse just had the cookhouse completed. The school is now REGISTERED! It has been a long drawn out process but we are SO happy to have the registration.
school is being built but 170 kids came to enroll for the 60
available places later in the year! Even some of the local teachers sent THEIR
kids to be enrolled..... guess it says something for our reputation. I think the
school is going to bless this largely Muslim town a lot.
needs prayer for the group leading the project.
Our main aim is to help build Christ's kingdom.... people and relationships to
Christ and each other are so
important- like more than anything. Jesus demands we live in harmony and His
love towards one another- it can be a battle!
kids there are much more healthy from
the food program we have had there these past months. I was with the
generator we took up for the water
project last week and the pump and pipes
being installed as I write this. The people there are VERY happy about
it!! Last week two teams from SBC led by
Frank and Tom were there and helped us put in the foundations for the generator
container and build the first house on the project site among other things.
I shared at Arusha Pastors fellowship this week... they are continuing to meet to encourage one another and pray for the city. There are so many fellowships where we have been working its really encouraging. We are praying His government in the land will become stronger and stronger and that those with a father or apostolic heart will arise and lead the people into faith hope and love in Christ ..... who has all the answers for us.
Well here is our car. While we were away it went out on mission work and was hit by a truck. Praise the Lord that Moses and Daffa were fine who were in it but the quote we had yesterday was a bit of a shock at USD 20,000 to fix it. [it wasnt just the body- gearbox, transfer case, front diff and axle, motor bent subframe all damaged] I have a feeling its going to be a write off. Pray for the insurance of the truck that hit it to come through- forgive me for being a bit sceptical! The guys are in Nairobi today seeing how things look.
Before I start, we apologise to those of you who have been standing with us who we did not get to see this trip. But we were received and loved in so many places across Australia this trip. Also it was Mike's second (Lyndall's first) visit to Newcastle on the 'other side' of our great continent. You may have noticed I don't normally put names [So many folks help us!] But I am going to thank Roger Ellem for his tireless work for us in the east.
We thank the folks who put us up and took us around, lent us their beautiful beach house and arranged our trip there... to represent you all, here is Colin & Helen & their girls whom we had the delight of staying with in the east. [for Colin: the mandolin playing is going great!] and Danny & Nicki & kids representing WA. Some of the guys decided to give me a bit more four wheel driving on the beach and and the ladies took Lyndall to a Colour Conference at Hillsong.... thanks for your care- we very much appreciate all your hearts.
Besides that, our MissionOz support group headed by Peter Hack in Perth is much stronger now with new keen members and Roger, Ian, Mark, Chris and Chris are heading up a new missionoz group in the east now. Its SO encouraging for us! We ARE praying for some overseas help in Tanzania still to strengthen our side of the "bridge" but it will come.
Its been great how new events are happening to help us. Brenda has just organised a first ever 'live-aid' concert in New Zealand that raised NZ2000, while we were in Australia, Phil and Chris organised a dinner for fund raising which was really well done, I heard there is another about to take place at Northville. So we are thankful for all your enthusiasm and support. Pray we can do well before our Lord with all you are working so hard to raise.
Sharon and Peter are in Australia, but have to leave end of June because Peter has to apply outside of Australia for an Australian Visa (spouse). [Here with our friends Peter and Lesley & Lauren]. Peter loves Australia but we felt somewhat let down by our government. But they will get there and are going well. Kirsty is in New Zealand at the moment but heading back to Australia soon. She is unfortunately sick and that is why she had to defer her last semester of university. Sharon as well is battling something. Josh is with us until November and ALSO was battling sickness. So if you are praying for us, pray for healing for the kids and do some battle in the heavens for us! It was great to catch up with Lyndall's brothers and Mum and also my parents and brother.
All for now. Thanks again for standing with us over here,
Mike and Lyndall
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