Friday, August 23, 2013

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

We have now completed 30 of the fifty biosand filters we are building for the schools in Nansio on the island of Ukawere.  This project is funded by a Rotary Club in the U.K. and they will be sending a team in November to install the filters and do other work on the island.  Each biosand filter will have the Rotary logo on it, so folks will know who cared enough to supply the safe drinking water.  In September we will have the one week Synod meeting in Arusha uniting all the Tanzanian Methodists and consecrating two new bishops, increasing our numbers to over 100,000 members in 130 churches all over the country.  I will become one of five bishops that will cover the country with my area being here in Mara and Mwanza Regions.  We will be taking a group of about fourteen pastors and evangelists, including some who will be starting seminary there that month.  Following that, back in Bunda around the 22nd of September, we will have eight Australian missionary workers from the Anglican church staying with us for about a week.  They will be working on local projects and we will be providing housing and some transportation.  We are excited about working with other missionary denominations here since there are few places to house mission teams.  In November, in addition to the filter project, we will host a seven-day seminar on using local medicines for those unable to pay for the commercially prepared ones.  Of course, many of the commercially prepared ones are fakes that actually cause deaths because they are counterfeited in other countries.  One of the main plants used for malaria according to the CDC is one that grows wild right here in Bunda and we have many of these artemesia plants right here at Maisha Na Maji.  We are excited about this as this will just the first of several of these seminars.  In addition, the schools continue and we will be adding another this fall.  Now we just have to stay healthy and keep the car running.  We covet your continued prayers.

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