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Have You ever thought what the difference we can make in the world when we decide to go, to obey our Masters Voice ~ “Mathew 28:18-20”, here is a story that happened to me during ministry that has forever changed my heart, my ministry and my perspective. A baby took courage and crawled, accomplishing a new benchmark in life. A grown man realized the mercy he had been given and could barely handle the enormity that it placed on his life. This man could not move in any other way, than crawling on his hands and knees for forgiveness, a transforming moment in life. How the same action can be inspired vastly different…Do you ever feel like you’re crawling to just get through life; how do you find the newness of life? Life changes in seasons and every season has its purpose, regardless if you’re on the highest mountain top or in the driest desert you are defining your character. My favorite story about crawling took place this week. A mother was walking bare foot alongside the dirt road, miles away from home with wood balanced on her head and her son wrapped on her back. She spotted a white truck and recognized a young brown man, me. She quickly changed directions and followed the truck as long as she could see it. About 40 minutes later she arrived, dramatically hunched over nearly crawling on her knees, beaming in joy that she arrived at her new destination (a big tree in the middle of a village), out of breath and most likely exhausted. What was the most special to me was why she came. I am honored that she felt this way, but not worth to receive this… this women proclaimed to everyone under that tree, “When I saw you, I saw hope…” ….glad that our time together then was memorable to induce such a positive move that day; she blessed me.
Dear Friends and Partners in Christ,
First, I want to thank you all for your continued prayer and financial support. Your prayers for me are a shield in the Spirit as well as battle plans for angelic realms. Thank you so much for participating with me. I long for more of God’s love, power and glory to fall on all of you and your communities. This past 3 months has been wonderful, God opened many serving opportunities and it is a great joy for me to be part of what God is doing in this world. For two years now, God has put a heavy burden on my heart to help, equip, pray and serve along with Church leaders in remote villages here in Tanzania. I have travelled almost all country in towns and also to the most remote parts of the Country doing ministry (Evangelism, Discipleship etc) but for some reason my heart is so much attached to leaders in remote areas. …Please breath in for a second and think about this, “What do you expect the growth of the church to be if the Pastor doesn’t have a Bible?” not that they don’t want to have them but they can’t afford to have one…..while you are thinking on that here is another question……”Think about you being in a church where no one, NO ONE…have a Bible in their hands?” Most Church leaders in very remote areas of my Country are serving in a very difficult environment….this environment hinders the growth of the church in their areas. Research shows that many of this leaders have not even completed 7th grade, they have very low understanding of the word of God….yet, its hard for them to get Bibles and even it’s a mountain to climb asking them to attend a seminary or a Bible school so they can get equipped. Should we let this situation remain like this? If we won’t go, then who will? If we won’t act, then who will? What would have Jesus done in His days? Remember we are the hands and feet’s of Jesus in this world. So God has put in my heart 2 main things to do. 1. Leadership Conferences: Since many Pastors/Church leaders in remote villages have very low understanding of the word of God and cannot afford to go to seminary then the easiest way to help them is by taking conferences, seminars, training to their areas, where all Pastors from different villages gather and attend 2-3 days …reading his first Bible ever!!! retreat and Go back to their areas with something new and fresh that will help their ministries grow. I was able to be part in a Leadership conference in 3 areas this past month and we had leaders from almost 20 different denomination gather and get trained—trust me one didn’t need to have a degree to tell that there was real hunger for the word of God in this leaders hearts, most of the things were new to them and they left very challenged and strong. 2. Is by providing Bibles: As I said earlier not only that most Church leaders don’t have Bibles but also most Christians, new believers don’t have Bibles and the biggest challenge it’s because Bibles are “very expensive” that they can’t afford. The price of a Bible here is 5$ but trust me-5US $ may sound very little to you but most
if not almost that’s a LOT of money-most of them live for 1 or less than 1 dollar a day. So my hearts desire is to provide Bibles and other materials like (training pamphlets, tracts etc) to the Leaders in very remote villages. So please Pray that He who has started this work would bring it to completion and that He will sustain it. Thanks: Before I end I would love to give special thanks to my dearest friend and Sister Amber Patrick for her loving and kind heart and also her willingness to support this work. Amber did a great job raising funds to buy Bibles to distribute to the Church leaders and new believers in remote villages…..am sure she didn’t do it herself but there were other people also who donated their money to help buy the 100 Bibles we needed for our first trip..and amazingly we got more funds to by more than 100 Bibles,-God is so good. Am sure most of You will never know what impact you’ve made until y’all reach in heaven. On behalf of my team and leaders allow me to say thank You (Asante SanaSwahili) and may God bless You so much.
Here down are few testimonies we received after we gave out the Bibles. “I have been praying and asking God for 5 years now that one day I may hold a Bible in my arms-what a joy to have one today, this day will be remembered for the rest of my life” - Juma Charles “Now I will preach like crazy-most people that I have shared the Gospel to always wanted the prove and I always failed because I didn’t have a Bible…now there is no time to waste. Thank You so much for providing me with a Bible, expect reports from me every month” ~ Wankuru Chacha
Dear Friends…..My heart’s desire isn’t to stop here….I want to here more of these stories when we get to heaven….lest populate heaven and drain hell as long as we are alive. Thank You for standing with us in Prayer and for financial support for the Bibles. Its gonna be fun in heaven…but till then lets not stop fishing until all the nets are full, and they wont be full till Jesus comes to take the church-we! Amber and I trusted God for 100 Bibles and amazingly we got more….PRAISE THE LORD. Am now trusting the Lord with something more crazy… 1000 Bibles., YES 1000 Bibles. How’s that going to be? How are we going to get the funds? Now one knows, I don’t know…but GOD KNOWS. And He will sustain this work He has started.
All am asking is Prayer support for the ministry, and that God will strengthen and provide us with different ways of reaching leaders in the very remote areas, whether is by handling them a Bible, tracts or by taking Leadership seminars/training/conferences to them. Once again thank You so much for standing with us. Yusuph, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mob: +255787071919 MORE PICTURES
New believers, devouring the Word.
More coming to the Lord!!
..with Church Leaders in Bunda Leadership Conference.
….with new Believers in Christ!!
This Church meets under this tree, so we had a Bible study here…..:)
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