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Tanzania 2015 Trip

Day 2 Kisongo

Mari Beth Poor

Hey everyone!  Today was one of those days that you wish you could freeze and do over and over and over. This morning the entire team helped with a craft with the kiddos called Gospel tshirts (see below picture). It took all hands on deck, but it was so fun! We encouraged the children to wear their T-shirts and remind people that Jesus loves them. Never too young to minister! After the craft, we did songs and games.

One of the most moving times from today was when the children gave us all beautiful shukas (sort of a wrap/shawl/scarf) that the Massai (the Native Americans of Africa) wear. Here we were in a place where people have nothing, and they were so eager to give us something. It was truly the most tear-jerking, precious moment. Something from nothing=true gift.

Let me take a second to explain why it is so important to do children's ministry here. In most churches, though the children are loved, there is no specific ministry for them. Since the church services are 3-4 hours long, you can only imagine that the kids struggle a bit in service (even though they are the most obedient children I've ever seen). So, when a team comes and gives value to children's ministry, churches and pastors note it and a few have begun to incorporate a children's staff and ministry. Of course, we are learning things from Pastor Rogers and his congregation too- i.e. we (as in the team) agree we all have room to grow in generosity, spontaneous worship, gratitude etc etc.

After time with the cute kids, we did an impromptu afternoon church service at Pastor Rogers' request (he is the pastor we partner with in Kisongo) where Jameson Werking (our honorary team member from Indiana) did a great job preaching about God's ALWAYS faithfulness. We worshiped with the people, and we had a time of appreciation and thankfulness.

After the end of such a beautiful day, we were also able to appreciate God's natural beauty when the very tip of Kilimanjaro decided to "peak" (pun intended) out for us (apparently that is very rare), and we got some beautiful pictures.

I know it's hard to truly embrace what I'm writing about, so can I take a moment to ask you to pray about going on an international trip? You certainly don't have to leave Birmingham to do missions. We partner with tons of wonderful local ministries (as we experienced during the serve week!), and I encourage you to serve with one!!! But if you feel at all a little tug as you read this, let's talk. I would love to connect you to the right trip. We love and miss you.

 Precious hands making a Gospel T-shirt

Precious hands making a Gospel T-shirt

 Gospel Tshirts ready to be on display to the world! New way to share the Gospel.

Gospel Tshirts ready to be on display to the world! New way to share the Gospel.

 Leah hugging children as they gave her the shuka. Something from nothing= true gift.

Leah hugging children as they gave her the shuka. Something from nothing= true gift.

 Our worship leader and preacher Jameson anticipating bringing the Word

Our worship leader and preacher Jameson anticipating bringing the Word

 God's final blessing for the day- the peak of Kilimanjaro.

God's final blessing for the day- the peak of Kilimanjaro.