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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mountains and Valleys

We started out 2012 with many victories and "on top of the mountain."  In late March we were able to see the vision to start new churches continue on as the Truth Baptist Church launched the new church plant in the village of Endasak.  A team of Bible Institute students from Truth Baptist Church are being led by missionaries Brad and Tricia Henderson in the new church plant.

It is always a joy to see new believers get baptized.  Elias was invited to our church by his neighbor who is a faithful church member.  After attending for several weeks and visiting with him in his home he received Christ as his personal Savior.  He was shortly after baptized as a result of going through discipleship lessons.  His wife and children are now attending church faithfully.  Pray for him, his wife, and children as they continue to attend and grow in the Lord.

(Photo below: Rich, assistant pastor and leader of the Timothy House ministry with the "end result" of the chicken project that was started a few months ago.)  We were able to raise and sell around 80 chickens the week of Easter.  This project and other small projects are helping to meet the daily needs of the boys who stay at the Timothy House.  With the first batch of chickens now gone we are starting over with 20 hens and selling eggs.  Pray for these projects as we try to teach the young men the importance of work and self-reliance and support the daily needs of this ministry.  Pray for the young men as well as we continue to teach and disciple them to be faithful followers of Christ.
We praise the Lord for children who can interact and minister alongside us in the culture and language.  Hannah has started a Bible club at school called G.O.D. (Girls Of Devotion).  They meet each Wednesday to sing songs, do a craft, play a game, have a memory verse and a Bible lesson.  While she is meeting with the girls her age, Natalie has a ladies' Bible Study and Steve meets with the men.  We have also started a married couples fellowship that meets once a month.  We have seen couples come who are really needing the Lord to work in their marriages.  Pray for us as we minister to families as a family.

Caleb loves to hang out with his Tanzanian friends and have friend day at our house. Especially since he has two sisters that boss him around all the time!  He is a boy that really loves the Lord and is a joy to be around. 

The kids always enjoy when Grandpa (Natalie's dad) comes to Tanzania for a visit. Lance is continuing to minister in Tanzania several times a year through Living Water International by helping villages who do not have clean drinking water. We enjoy the time we are able to have with him when he comes to town between his projects.
(Photo below: The youth from the Truth Baptist Church on top of Mt. Hanang, 11,000+ feet above sea level.)  We climbed all day and had lessons along the way from different Bible stories that took place on the mountain.  It was a great time of bonding and fellowship.

While Natalie was at a missionary ladies retreat in the mountains of Tanzania the kids and Steve went camping.  We could not have had a better view looking out over the Massai Steppe.  We went on several short hikes to look at the amazing views and several waterfalls.

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