Kilimanjaro–Dig a Hole…  Dig a What?!

                     Week one is under way and we’re off to a great start!  On Sunday we slept in to 6:30 and got into our nice, clean church clothes and polished up our boots for church.  Of course by the time we got there our boots were covered in dust and our clean clothes were not much better.  Such is the life of a team member of Teen Missions here in Tanzania Africa I suppose. It was the teams first presentation here in Africa and they did an amazing job with their songs and Drama.  But now the work begins.  The kitchens is up and running smoothly and the work projects are squaring up nicely.  You have never seen so many teens come up for seconds, thirds or even fourths at lunch time after a good mornings work.  And let me tell you, they earned it!  We have so many hard workers on this team it makes the morning work hours go by quickly.  Today, which is Monday, we started painting the front of the BMW building, broke ground for the new kitchen/dining room and are helping harvest sunflower seeds, which is probably the teams favorite project.
    So, at the end of the day all is running well and the team is really enjoying themselves here on the Kilimanjaro Backpack team!


          On Sunday we had the privilege to visit a church and perform our songs and drama, it was fun.  The kids in the surrounding area have begun to open up more and more to us.  We sing songs for them and we are learning their names.  I pray that we will be able to reach more and more people with the Word of God.  Thomas B.    7/10/16                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

          We arrived in Tanzania a few days ago now and I can feel and see God’s glorious work everywhere.  It feels like the exact place God wants me to be, it’s already like a home away from home.  Even just riding in the back of the truck, waving to all the children and people made my heart happy.  

    Mr. Sabba (our head leader) and his family welcomed us with big open arms.  In the evenings some kids come to the base for water and it’s one of my favorite moments.  They laugh when I try to pronounce their names or when we dance and they copy us.  I know that I am where I am supposed to be because Gods hand is rested on these people.  I am beyond excited to show the love of God to as many people as I can.  I pray he gives me His eyes so I can see everything that I’ve been missing and I pray for His arms for the broken hearted.  God has given me a strong heart for the ones forgotten and I can’t wait to see what more wonders are to come.  Jailee V. 

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