The Kilimanjaro Backpack team has arrived safe and sound in Tanzania with anticipation and excitement in our hearts! We had a couple of days of travel which included an over-night lay-over in Washington D.C. The airline which we flew on to travel to Ethiopia provided rooms in a hotel for the night. The team members enjoyed the showers and comfortable beds which they knew would be short lived, and we all were able to have a good night’s rest before continuing our adventure to Africa. Unfortunately, 10 of our bags were lost in all of our connections, but we were grateful for those that the Lord saw fit to provide us with and blessed to receive the bags only two days after they went “missing”. The mysterious, sights, sounds, and smells of the country fascinated each team member as we traveled from the airport to our first lodging. Our first night in Africa was spent at a center for children where Christian camps and orphan outreaches are held. From there we paid a visit to Pastor Amos, a local Tanzanian Pastor, who allowed us to park our duffels at his home for the day as we traveled up the Pare Mountains to retrieve our backpacks, tents, tools and other various supplies needed for our time spent at Teen Missions in Tanzania in Moshi. The journey was filled with new landscapes, faces, and experiences for all and it was a joy to hear the team singing many of the songs they had learned at Boot Camp on the way to and from the mountain. After receiving all of our supplies and missing bags we drove into the countryside of Tanzania to Moshi, where our project site is located. Surrounded by cornfields, sunflowers and mountains, the future Bible Missionary and Work Training Center in Tanzania which the team is helping to complete, certainly will have many rooms with a view. After setting up camp, the team has begun to work on finishing the future BMW building. Each morning team members walk down to the river and fill their buckets with water to be filtered and used throughout the day. The team learned at Boot Camp and see now on the field how important it is to rely on the Lord for their strength and that no matter where they are, Christ’s abiding love conquers all fears. The team has adjusted well to their new surroundings and we praise the Lord that He has blessed each of us with good health and morale so far. Living in the valley below such a mighty creation as Mount Kilimanjaro, reminds all of us of the extravagant love, strength, and joy the Lord has provided this team with every day. Pray for the continued unity and Christ-centered attitudes of the team members and leaders
, for safety and protection on the work site, and for progress on the construction of the Bible School.
May grace and peace be multiplied to you,
Kilimanjaro Backpack 2012