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Tanzania 2015 Trip

Teach a Man to Fish

Mari Beth Poor

One of my favorite sayings, which has been repeated several times to the pastors who are in the village this week, is that “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for only one meal; if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” There’s a lot of fishing going on this week in a tiny village in Dihombo who I believe God has big plans for.

Last year, Pastor Kassim who is the pastor of the village was given a vision by God to be a self-sustaining community. He prayed for pastors to be trained so that they could train other pastors and encourage them in the gospel, and he prayed for medical trainees to be given basic medical knowledge so they could check the health of people in his village. Because Pastor Kassim’s heart is to make God’s glory and name known, God provided for him both resources that he prayed for and more. 

Below is what it looks like when God gives a man a vision, he prays for it and trusts God for provision.

 These are the wonderful medical trainees who will now be able to help with healthcare in the village

These are the wonderful medical trainees who will now be able to help with healthcare in the village

 People receive glasses to help them see

People receive glasses to help them see

 Hand washing stations (the best way to prevent disease) with materials available in the village are built-

Hand washing stations (the best way to prevent disease) with materials available in the village are built-

 Local doctors realize part of their mission is helping communities where there is no doctor

Local doctors realize part of their mission is helping communities where there is no doctor