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Tanzania 2015 Trip

Sunday worship

Mari Beth Poor

We had the chance to worship today at a local church pastored by Bishop Mwizarubi who is the bishop of more than 5000 churches. As bishop, he oversees all of the pastors in his denomination in Tanzania. He is a very powerful but humble man. When we arrived at church, we did a brief children's program, and then we all worshiped together in the main service. Their worship is so free, and it was truly an honor to be with them.

One of the most moving parts of the service was being able to give (on behalf of Mountaintop) rural pastors bicycles which they can use as a mode of transportation. It seems crazy to us how much joy people have over a bicycle, but it is literally the ONLY way they can afford to get around. Bishop shared with the church today that he still has the bicycle given to him 22 years ago. Can you imagine the memories it evokes in a man who is now one of the most powerful men in Tanzania? God has walked with him every step of his journey and taken him from humble beginnings so that he can now encourage and support other men who are beginning the same way. The pastors were not on hand to collect the bikes as they will be coming to a pastors' conference in a week, and Bishop understandably did not want to ask them to make 2 trips. So, his elders accepted the bikes, and they will personally present them to the pastors on June 8. Mountaintoppers, because of your generous tithes, the gospel will be spread in Tanzania by the pastors who will receive these bikes. THANK YOU for your generosity!

Thank you for your prayers- it really was a great service!! Please enjoy the pics below and consider yourself a part of our worship today.

 These adorable babies were waiting for us when we got to church.....

These adorable babies were waiting for us when we got to church.....

 .....so we worshiped with them. :)

.....so we worshiped with them. :)

 The adult worship team was powerful

The adult worship team was powerful

 This was the second worship team

This was the second worship team

 These bikes are some of the most powerful gospel tools in Tanzania

These bikes are some of the most powerful gospel tools in Tanzania

 Tom and Lauren exhibit what we all felt during worship

Tom and Lauren exhibit what we all felt during worship

 Mama Bishop and Bishop Mwazirubi, Mari Beth, and Joel Malone (who has been hosting us all week) at Sunday lunch

Mama Bishop and Bishop Mwazirubi, Mari Beth, and Joel Malone (who has been hosting us all week) at Sunday lunch

 Team Mountaintop and the church elders at Sunday lunch

Team Mountaintop and the church elders at Sunday lunch