Monday, April 7, 2014
“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit.” — Jesus
Our group that is here is certainly a “good tree” and will produce much good fruit. On Saturday they watched as Shaban and our team here poured and produced two filters. Yesterday, after church (one of their team is the pastor of a church here in Bunda), they got their hands dirty and produced two filters themselves. Today, they are going out to the Anglican vocational school to see how they are using the filter we installed for them several weeks ago. They (e3 Partners) are just the right team to get more biosand filters produced and placed in the Masaai area near Arusha. Sometimes, you know as soon as you meet someone that they are indeed a “good tree” and you have all the confidence in the world that they will do good things with what you have taught them. That is the way with this group. Ellen, the woman in the photograph to the right, and Martin (also in the photo) are the Tanzanians who will be at the forefront of this new water ministry for the e3 Partners. Keith (the mzungu in the photo) was here several years ago with a group of evangelists and is a wonderful man. We are blessed to have had the opportunity to host this group, and I am so excited about what they will be doing to spread this ministry that we are not charging them for staying here and are paying for all their food and other needs ourselves as our contribution to this new ministry. One of the things that I love about Tanzania is that all the denominations work together. We all want the same things—the expansion of the Kingdom of God, the opportunity to bring the message of love and hope in Christ Jesus, the planting of churches, and seeing that the people here are fed, clothed, cared for, and have clean, safe drinking water. The absence of clean, safe water has killed thousands here and left thousands and thousands sick and unable to attend school or to work to support their families. Each biosand filter will bring safe water to at least thirty to forty people. Not a bad investment for $50. The group will leave tomorrow and we will be praying for the success of their ministry here in Tanzania.