Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Grace and Peace to you friends. 

I want to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving!  As we think about the things for which we are thankful, people like you are high on my list.  Your interest in world evangelism is encouraging to me, and helps to make the world a better place.  We've had the blessing of meeting with many of you face to face this year.  Over the past few months, we've visited with 34 congregations and driven over 21,000 miles to raise funds for the great work that the Lord is doing in East Africa.  If we haven't been to your church yet, and you would like a visit, then let me know! 

I would also like to introduce you to one of our graduating students with a tremendous story: 

Student Spotlight:  Jacob Ajak Mathau



     Jacob is a student from South Sudan.  He was raised in an Anglican home until he was converted in 2013.  He is the oldest of 8 children in a polygamous family.  Jacob's mom was shot and killed during tribal clashes in 2012.  Jacob now has a Christian wife and and two year old son.  
     Jacob was teaching bible correspondence courses when a student asked him a question that he struggled to answer.  It motivated him to want to seek a deeper biblical knowledge, so he began to look for a school of preaching.  One day on Facebook, he came across the Andrew Connally School of Preaching and began to make inquiries.  Eventually, he wound up at school with us and is slated to graduate this week.  
     After graduation, Jacob wants to go back home to evangelize South Sudan where the church is very weak.  Lord willing, he would one day like to help facilitate a school of preaching in his home country to serve his countrymen. 
     He wishes to express his thanks to you for making his training at ACSOP possible.  May God bless his ministry.  
 

It is a thrill to be able to help in the training of such men.  However, this is a very large work and we're still several thousand dollars short of what we need for our monthly budget.  As you consider your budgets for next year, we would appreciate it if you would prayerfully think about helping Tanzania Missions.  Instructions for giving are at the bottom of this email.  

Till all have heard,

Daniel Gaines
Director
Tanzania Missions
You can make a donation online HERE or send a check to the address below:
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Short Report - 10/16

 

Grace and Peace to you friends.

So much has happened since my last note to you!  I was able to be at the Tanzania Leadership Conference hosted at the Andrew Connally School of preaching.  There were speakers from Zambia, Kenya, Congo (DRC), Tanzania, America, and Uganda that came to speak on the theme, "All Christians are Leaders."  It was an uplifting and encouraging time.   Check out some pictures from TLC at the bottom of this message.

One of the highlights each year is the alumni meeting when we get to spend some time catching up with some of our former students.  This year, I challenged them to find motivation in the example of the Macedonian church.  That church was the recipient of mission work in Acts 16, then became supporters of mission work (Phil 4:15-18) giving out of their poverty (2 Cor. 8:1-6).  We considered the goal of their congregations not only becoming self-supporting, but even supporting other church-plants themselves.  Here's a picture from the meeting:

Additionally, this trip gave me the chance to visit with the congregations at Moshi, Namanga, and Kisongo and learn more about the challenges and opportunities that each church is facing.   
 
I was also able to teach a short-course on 1 and 2 Peter and Jude in the English program at ACSOP.  We've got a great group of students with bright futures in the kingdom.  Here's a picture one of the students delivering a sermon to the class:
 

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT:  Duot
 

Speaking of students, our student spotlight for this report features Duot Akoon Garang.  Duot is a 26 year old student from South Sudan.  He is married with two young sons named Garang and Mabek. Before coming to ACSOP, Duot was a primary school teacher and a farmer.  In his family, only he and his wife are members of the church but he is trying to teach the others.

He chose to come to ACSOP because of our reputation for producing good servants of God.  He hopes to pursue a Masters degree after graduation to enable him to begin a preacher training school back in South Sudan.

Duot wanted to say to you:

"I am really very grateful for what you have been doing for me to have this good opportunity to study in ACSOP.  Your love and care is more than expected because I never went to a school where you are supported and you study free of charge. Thank God for that and may God continue bless your efforts for the next works you are going to do for the kingdom of God.
So I have no words to describe your love and care but for these few words may God reward you in Heaven."



Till all have heard,

Daniel Gaines
Director
Tanzania Missions

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Short Report - 10/1



Grace and Peace to you friends. 

ANSWERED NEED

Last month I shared with you a building need that the Ibambula church had following the destruction of their building by heavy rains.  Thankfully the Huntington congregation has generously stepped in to provide for this need.  I share with you a note of thanks from Silvester Bahati, the preacher of the Ibambula congregation:
"We do thanks God together with you all who been touched to this need, and to decide to give out your money to help us to get permanent building of worship, may God bless you a lot.   I believe myself together with all Christians from Ibambula, we will make sure we are standing faithfully the building process of this building  be cause God has answered our long need prayers ."


STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

I want you to know a little bit about the men that you are helping to train for the ministry through your financial and spiritual support for this work.  So, I'm going to start including a "Student Spotlight" feature in the short reports to introduce a student to you. 

We'll start with CHOL DENG.  Chol is a bright 24 year old year old young man from South Sudan in our English-speaking program.  He was raised by a widowed mother in the Episcopal church, but converted in 2015.

In explaining why he wanted to study at the Andrew Connally School of Preaching, he said,  "I had a desire to know more about the Bible in order to improve my personal relationship with God and more importantly to be able to defend and answer any one that ask me for the reason of my faith. (1Peter 3:15-16) which I believed was possible in ACSOP.  The Andrew Connally School of Preaching (ACSOP) is a school well-spoken regarding their commitment to teach the sound doctrine of the biblical church hence the reason for choosing to study here."

After graduation, Chol plans to return to South Sudan to work with the congregation that entrusted him with the opportunity to seek this training.

Chol wants us to tell you that his "sincere gratitude goes to the donors for their tireless and unconditional support for the servants of the Lord and the school at large."

ON THE ROAD

At this time of year, many churches are working on their 2020 budgets.  We humbly request that you consider Tanzania Missions as a part of your missions budget planning.  In recent weeks I've been able to present the work to congregations in Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Georgia.  Would you like for me to visit your congregation?  I have some openings available in November.  We do have a couple of stops in Virginia planned in November, so if you're in Virginia or West Virginia, then this would be a great time to get on the schedule!  


Till all have heard,

Daniel Gaines
Director
Tanzania Missions

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Short Report 8/28

Grace and Peace to you friends. 

This week I'd like to give you an update on some building projects that have been undertaken by some of the congregations in Tanzania.  Construction loans are not really a thing in Tanzania, so building projects have to be done bit by bit as funding becomes available.  Just like Americans, Tanzanian churches desire to have a safe, dry place to worship that communicates permanence and legitimacy to their community.   A couple of our sister congregations have been able to take strides forward in their facilities thanks to help from some of you.

First, the Lulumbela congregation wishes to show appreciation for their new roof.



Meanwhile, the Kazibizyo congregation is thankful to have been able to put in a floor for their building, and a coat of paint on the outside.






Another congregation is in need of some help with their facility.  The Ibambula church's building was heavily damaged by rainstorms earlier this year (as pictured below).  They've made do for a few months like this, but now the local officials have ordered them to not use the building until it is repaired.  We're currently in the process of trying to determine how much it will cost to repair the facility



In other news, we had a productive week at Polishing the Pulpit.  One highlight of the week was the opportunity to participate in their missions fair.  We were able to talk to 16 groups of children about life and work in Tanzania.  Perhaps a seed of thought may have been planted in a few future missionaries and missions advocates.  







We do have a few dates open this fall if your congregation would like a visit.  Also, if you know of a another congregation that might be able to help with the work, then we would appreciate a reference.  

We hope that your day is very blessed!

Till all have heard,

Daniel Gaines
Director
Tanzania Missions