Monday, March 12, 2012
I'm almost afraid to write about this for fear it may threaten it, but the church in Bunda is booming! This was one of the first churches but has suffered through a string of bad pastors. One who stayed as pastor for three years never showed up but stayed with his family in Tireme. He has now left the church altogether. We had one who embezzled funds. Pastor Silas Davidi was a treasure and the hope for the resurgence of this church but was tragically killed when a bus hit him while riding his motorbike. Now, we have Pastor Nyanza who is also the General Secretary for the Methodist Church in Tanzania. He has only been here for a short while (actually sleeping here in Dubu's Place while we search for housing), but he has the joint jumping. The place as packed yesterday. For the first time in a long time, there was Sunday School from 9:30 to 10:30 for adults and children followed by a rousing and inspirational service. He wants to start a nursery school and came over after services to talk with Karen about teaching the teachers. He wants to start it in April and if St. Wiggins Academy is any guide, he will do quite well especially since we already have the buildings necessary. How it warms my heart to see this church active and alive again. Many Arkansas Methodists helped build it and have taught Bible school here and even preached in it. We have achieved a lot here, but not as fast as I thought we would and certainly not in the manner I thought we would, yet God seems to be smiling. We also have our first church in Mwanza in the area called Igoma and I will officially open it as Bishop in a couple of weeks. They want a sanitation and hygiene workshop as soon as we can do one. Sometimes it seems as if we are just spinning our wheels and then God sends us a thank-you note. I am smiling as I write this which is true of most of the blogs, but not all. Thank all of you who have contributed with labor, prayers, and financial support. This is your doing and not ours. God bless you.