I’ve just returned from Tanzania, where I had a great time teaching three seminars. I taught and Pastor Dickson, from Arusha, did the interpreting. Dickson is a great guy who really loves the Lord, and I enjoyed being with him. Our first seminar was in Moshi, a decent sized town by African standards. The second was in Maji Ya Chai (meaning ‘water like tea’), and the third was in Arusha, the second largest town in Tanzania.
We had a group of twenty pastors and church leaders in Moshi. They were really an enthusiastic group with a lot of good questions. They’re looking forward to getting the Phase II Bible Studies translated into Swahili so they can use it with their people. We’re going to begin that right away. Dickson knows a man who will translate for $3/page, and we’re gathering funds to translate all of the Bible Studies. I met with the man while we were in Arusha, and he seems to be a quality guy who will do a good job.
We also had a group of twenty three at the seminar in Maji Ya Chai. Most of the men in the seminars are young, in the beginning stages of their ministries. The seminars open their eyes to helping their people grow in Christ-like character and they also draw the pastors into a tightly knit group with the same goals.
The seminar in Arusha was held at Dickson’s church. There were twenty six pastors in this seminar and on Tuesday one of the men who had been in my seminar in ‘97 stood up and told the pastors the teaching had made a huge impact on his life and his ministry during these last 15 years. He encouraged them to listen carefully, take good notes, and put it into practice.
Two of our staff men have died during the past two years and I was able to meet with their wives to encourage them and find out what their needs are.
I’ll be home for a few weeks, to gather my strength, then the next trip is in May. Thanks so much for your prayers and financial support, which is making a huge difference in these pastors lives.
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