I hope everyone that is reading this had a wonderful holiday full of joy and creating great memories with family and friends.
As some of you know, when I went home for Christmas I still was not sure where I was going to be going this coming summer. I was told it was between two different places—Tanzania and Ethiopia. Well, after we returned from Christmas break, I found out where I would be going. This summer I will be going to Tanzania!
Teen Missions first Boot Camp in Tanzania ran in 1992 in the Pare Mountains, south of the town of Moshi. Work and evangelism teams have gone across the country to both the major cities and to remote areas. Staff from Teen Missions Uganda base have run the Tanzania Boot Camp since 2000 and new property for the Boot Camp and a future Bible, Missionary & Work (BMW) Training Center was recently purchased between Moshi and Arusha.
Tanzania, located in East Africa, is a stunning land of contrasts. In the east are the famous islands of Zanzibar. To the north stands mighty Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain. Lake Victoria (the world’s second-largest freshwater lake) borders Uganda in the north, and Lake Tanganyika (the world’s second deepest) borders the Congo. Some of Africa’s best game parks are in Tanzania, including Ngorongoro Crater and the vast Serengeti plain. Tanzania’s population of over 55 million is approximately 61% Christian, 35% Islam, and 2% indigenous beliefs. Great opportunities exist for sharing the gospel in Tanzania and Bible-based discipleship remains a great need in Tanzania’s churches.
Now that you have a little bit of the History of Tanzania and Teen Missions Tanzania, I’m sure you are wondering what we are going to be doing this summer. Our project will be the construction of a girls’ dormitory for a local school. In order to attend school, these girls have to walk a very long distance and the new dormitory will give a safe environment from those who exploit them. Plus it will allow the girls the opportunity to finish school. After we have finished our project, we will then take day hikes on the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. As we hike, the team members will share with the local children, giving them the opportunity to know the Creator of the great mountain on which they live. We also will get to take the team on a Safari where they may get to see the “Big Five” animals for which Tanzania is known.
Some other things that are going on—my roommate and I just found out that we are going to be moving. Some issues have arisen with the trailer that we stay in, to the point now where it’s just better for us to move into a different trailer. So my new address will be— 218 Heavenly St. Merritt Island FL, 32953. I’m also going to be teaching again this year! I have a lot of fun with the students and I’m very blessed that I’m going to get the opportunity to teach again. I will be teaching the same class that I did last time which was a medical class. It is hard to believe it’s been two years since the last time I was able to teach, so I’m excited to get started again.
I ask that you please start praying for the teens that are already signed up for the team, and for the team members that have not yet signed up but are praying about joining us. Please pray that God would start to prepare their hearts for what He is going to do in their lives this summer, for good health and that they would not have any difficulty raising the money they need to go on the team. I also ask that you pray for all of us who are leading this team, that we are united as one, that God gives us the wisdom we need to lead and to make the best decisions for the team as the summer goes on. I also ask that you to please pray for the staff, interns and students here at Teen Missions—for health, safety as we go through our day-to-day operations, and to have good financial support.
I also love to hear from you. Please let me know how I can pray for you as well! We all need to be lifted up and one of the greatest powers we have is prayer so please let me know! Also I want to thank you again for all your prayers and support you have given me. I feel very blessed and fortunate that I’m able to do what I get to do, and have so much love and support from all of you!