This is the big month for us, the one we have been working towards for the past year. Our family will be flying over to Tanzania on May 15th for a six month stay in Nyakato, on the outskirts of Mwanza. Our four youngest children (age 9-17) will be with us, along with a young lady (age 18) from our church. One surprising development is that our eldest daughter will be volunteering for three months in an international primary school in Mwanza. It’s rather amazing that she will be able to spend her summer break (from college) only 20 minutes from us! The Lord has been so gracious to us in every way. We are so thankful for this opportunity to be involved in ministry with our African brothers. Our deep gratitude goes to those who have joined with us in making this trip possible. The communication systems in Africa are not always reliable, but we will do our best to keep everyone up to date through emails and blogposts.
We invite your prayers for us, not only for a safe trip over, but also for our protection in the spiritual realm while we are there. We are going with an agenda in mind, which we are entrusting to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Our desire is to assist this new School of Ministry with a program of classes that will enable the rural church leaders to better serve their people. There may be spiritual forces that try to hinder us, but our trust is in the Lord and the strength of His might. John 16:33 gives us these words of Jesus, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” God’s kingdom of love and peace will grow as His people agree together in prayer. Let us seek God’s mercy together that we may accomplish much good for the benefit of the Christians in Tanzania.
Since we are speaking of prayer, I would like to share a prayer-poem from “An African Prayer Book”, compiled by Bp. Desmond Tutu.
THE MOTOR UNDER ME IS RUNNING HOT
The motor under me is running hot.
There are twenty-eight people
And lots of luggage in the truck.
Underneath are my bad tires.
The brakes are unreliable.
Unfortunately I have no money,
And parts are difficult to get.
“Jesus is mine”
Is written on the vehicle,
For without Him I would not drive a single mile.
The people in the back are relying on me.
They trust me because they see the words:
“Jesus is mine.”
I trust You!
First come the straight road
With little danger,
I can keep my eyes on the women,
Children and chickens in the village.
But soon the road begins to turn,
It goes up and down,
It jumps and dances,
This death-road to Kumasi.
Tractors carrying mahogany trunks drive
As if there were no right or left.
Kusami is the temptation
To take more people than we should.
Let’s overcome it!
The road to Accra is another problem.
Truck drivers try to beat the record,
Although the road is poor
And has many holes
And there are many curves
Before we come to the hills.
And finally to Akwasim.
Passing large churches in every village,
I am reminded of you, and in reverence
I take off my hat.
Now downhill in second gear.
Ghana, West Africa
You may smile at the difficulties the driver so vividly describes, but don’t we all have situations in our lives in which we need the grace of God to see us through? So, let us seek His mercy in humility when “our motors are running hot beneath us”!
May the Peace of Christ be with you,