Thursday, December 27, 2012
Pastor Frazier and Steve preaching at the Truth Baptist Church missions conference. The TBC is supporting 3 Tanzanian missionaries through its own missions giving. The church also has a church-planting fund used to help start churches in the surrounding villages.
The Burkholder kids dressed up for our annual costume party with the Peace Corps volunteers in our area. Caleb- Karate Kid, Hannah - Movie Star, and Sarah - Ballerina.
We had a huge Thanksgiving meal with over 30 friends in Katesh. Fellow missionaries from the area and Peace Corps volunteers enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal, watching some football, and playing "cornhole." It was a great day of fun and fellowship.
The kids' table at Thanksgiving. The kids also did a short program in which they sang a few songs and quoted Psalm 100.
The day after Thanksgiving we took a hike up Mt. Hanang. It is over 11,000 feet and took 6 hours to climb up and 5 hours to come down.
Hannah turned 10 years old in December and we took advantage of the Thanksgiving guests and had an early birthday party. We had a Mexican Fiesta theme with pinata, sombrero cake, and some great mexican food.
The kids could hardly wait for Christmas day when they got to open their presents. Sarah is all girl and loves dolls and dress-up clothes. Caleb got a new baseball bat. Hannah loves her new clothes and crafts.
The big gift this year was a new "zip line" which is around 70 feet long and 10 feet high from the top of the kids' play house to the ground below.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Our goal as church planting missionaries is to see missions come full circle. What a joy it is to see the churches started by foreign missionaries becoming involved in missions themselves through prayer, support, and sending missionaries and starting new churches. In our ministry, missions is coming full circle in the following ways:
Monday, September 24, 2012
Nobody was hurt but we all got quite a rush out of this road rage incident. All of the young men hit the floor of the car when the elephant charged and needless to say their first safari was an exciting one. I think we will wait awhile to get the car repaired as it is such a good story, plus I don't think our insurance will cover an accident with a wild elephant.
Monday, September 3, 2012
|We have the blessing of working with a great group of independant baptist missionaries in Tanzania. We get together once a year for a time of fellowship, planning, and preaching. We cooperate in areas such as youth camps and training leadership through Bible Institute and national pastors meetings.|
Augustino has been a faithful church member and also teaches at the Truth Learning Center. (See picture above.) He is also one of our Bible Institute students and was able to graduate from the first level of this training which focuses on serving in the local church. He is leading our Sunday night youth meetings and is continuing in the leadership level of the Bible Institute.
|One of the great blessings of living in Tanzania is being surrounded by God's creation. While on "safari" I saw these elephants dancing "trunk to trunk."|
|Even while sitting down this camel was taller than Caleb. He got to ride this camel on a recent trip to Arusha when we took some time out to have some fun.|
|The crocodile hunter? Hardly. This is about as big of a croc that I will hold.|
|Sarah celebrated her 3rd birthday with a Hello Kitty party complete with custom cake.|
|Caleb turned 8 and we celebrated with missionary friends who came to visit. Caleb is very interested in space and we tease him that he will be the first missionary to the moon.|
|After a busy few months we were able to take our family vacation along the Tanzanian coast. We enjoyed our time together as a family swimming, snorkeling, and playing on the beach.|
Saturday, May 12, 2012
We started out 2012