As was mentioned in our last newsletter, we have begun to work with the White Rose or Ilkiurei congregation in Arusha. I wanted to make you aware of a couple of the challenges/needs that the congregation has. We are fortunate to have a mostly completed building in which to meet. It is simple, comprised of only one large room, but we are thankful to have it. There are two things that stand out as needing urgent attention however.
The first is that we need a better place to have children’s Bible class. Currently, the children are meeting outside next to the building. It would be very much preferable for them to have a place sheltered from the elements. Our purposed solution is to construct a movable partition that would section off an area of the building for Bible class, then could be moved out of the way to make more room for the worship assembly. This will take about $320 to build.
Secondly, we have very noisy neighbors. A religious group meets in the building right next door to us. All day long, they broadcast loud music and yelling over a PA system. It is very distracting and makes the environment not conducive to serious worship. We have planted trees to become a noise barrier, but they will take time to grow. Earlier, I mentioned that the building was “mostly” completed. One thing that remains to be done is to install glass in the window openings in the wall. If the windows were glassed in, then we could close them and reduce the noise pollution that we are facing. Each window will costs about $250. With four windows, that’s a total expense of $1,000.