My trip to Tanzania was long over due. My
friends, Mary and
Jonathan Notman, had been inviting me for 8 years.
I was very Blessed, when I was allocated a complimentary ticket to Tanzania from A Ray of Hope, via Unesco.
Mary and Jonathan had been building a School, and 2 Orphanages, over these last 8 years, since they left my home to go to Tanzania, with their 9 children.
They have up to date, built a School for 130 children in the rural area of Kyela, and have 2 thriving Orphanages, with over 60 little children with aids related illnesses.
This was a two part mission, first we were able to
orphanage in the Bhutti area of Dar-es-Salaam. The little
out singing to us. It was a privilege to share stories of Jesus with
of the children were from Muslim backgrounds, but they loved to sing
to Jesus. Mary and her team had taught
them well. God sees these children’s hearts, and for in as much as we
the least of these little ones, we have done it unto Him.
Way down in the jungle area of Kyela, there is a village called, Ngonga. The Village backs straight on to Lake Naisa, or Lake Malawi, as it is often called.
There Friends of Tanzania have built a beautiful
school and volunteer
house. 130 little children attend everyday. They are taught Christian
and are taught by local Christian teachers. I was delighted to be able
serve out the porridge, which is the only meal that some of them will
day. They could never have the chance of any education, if it
the Providence of Father God, and those who obediently hear His call,
this very arduous work. Friends of Tanzania pay for all the
and provide the uniforms. Red this year, with Black
Vivienne Eka, was with me, and took some amazing pictures of the
playing in the fields, and eating their porridge.
We were able to give out mosquito nets. I took
in the village school, in turn, to share about what Jesus had
done in my
life, and to answer their questions about England.
I had the opportunity to share my testimony with the local village Church, and how God had helped me in times of famine, and troubles. I told them, God was there real Father, and that they were Princes, and Princesses, because their Father is a King, and that they were very important people, because God had called them in to His Kingdom. They cried, and then danced with joy, so did I.
There is 80% of Aids in that area, the life expectancy is 57, or there abouts, They told me they were burying 3 people a day, and some were children. Most local villagers had no jobs, as there is no industry here. There is a lot of flooding in this area, of Tanzania. Since my return to the UK, the rice fields have all been flooded, and all the crops spoiled. Father God, please help them....
Everyone loved the bags, and the toys we took out.
Education supplies were left in the Schools, and resources for the teachers. These things are so scares. Money was left to buy bricks for the new home that will be built in Dar-es-Salaam. Toiletries, and medicines were very gratefully received, and I thank The Lord for all those who helped supply us with them.
We shared our time between the children and the villagers. It was so precious, to see all the hard work put in to this project over the years, when the children sung to us in English.
What sweet souls. I met Apupella, and his brother
for the first time. We have been supporting him, by supplying the
needed for their education, over the years. We bought clothes, and toys
them. They were so happy, and over whelmed, their little faces said it
What can we do? What can we give? Well,
show our love, and give what we have. A smile, a hug, a moment of
time, a listening ear, a song, a game of football, all these things
nothing, are the most precious things of all. All were received with
and handshakes, of gratitude, and humility. We have learnt some lessons
them, and they have given us so much.
Please continue to pray for the work in Tanzania, with Mary and Jonathan, and the family putting their lives, into the lives of a Nation. This is their inheritance, as they raise up children for The King.