The Geita team desires to train others for mission. We recognize we have a responsibility to disciple others who would be involved in foreign mission work and/or cross cultural ministry. For this reason, each summer we invite college students to Geita for a missions internship.
During summer 2013 Christie and I will be the only Geita team family here, and so we are hosting the interns on our own. We have two spots remaining for male interns. Are you interested in spending your summer in small-town Tanzania? Or do you know someone who is?
The Geita internship is an 8-week program in which the college student’s primary roles are observing and learning. The goal is for the intern to experience and understand cross-cultural ministry and everything it entails. Continue reading
Red Knot Racing Company is the premier luxury endurance racing company serving Tanzania. They provide their racers with the opportunity to run and bike in some of the world’s most beautiful locations, both comfortably and in style. Red Knot’s luxury racing packages are all-inclusive, their tour groups are small, and their itineraries are custom designed for endurance athletes with distinguishing tastes.
Currently, Red Knot Racing is offering a special on their 2013 Kilimanjaro Marathon package which, in addition to the race, includes luxury accommodations, dining, and wildlife viewing in four Tanzania game parks, a host of really great extras while there, and an American endurance athlete host and guide.
That host and guide… me. Continue reading
“How’s the morning,” he offered as we passed one another.
His words were twisted and accented, though, making them sound more like, “Za asubuhi?“
I was so happy I didn’t even notice.
I’ve been running in and around Geita town for three years now. And this was the first time I’d ever passed someone else running for exercise. He was Tanzanian, probably 20 years old, and jogging slowly up the hill in our neighborhood. I was jogging down the same hill. Continue reading
Last week, I spent three nights and parts of four days in Mwakiwasha village, teaching a seminar on CPM. [To read more on what I taught and the nature of that seminar, see cpm training: a turning point in my ministry.] This is an initial report on how I believe that seminar went — both the good and the bad.
There were 15-20 people in attendance at each of the sessions, representing three churches. The group was about half men and half women, with the Mwakiwasha church (the host church) represented far better than the others — as was expected. We spent roughly 20 hours in class and also ate most of our meals together, sometimes discussing further what we’d studied that day. Continue reading
Tomorrow I’m going to Mwakiwasha village to teach the Discovery Bible Study process and Church Planting Movements. I’m posting today, partly to (as per usual) let you guys know what we’re up to in Geita, but mostly to ask you to pray over the seminar.
[If you don't care to read about my plans for evangelism in the villages surrounding Geita, I understand -- this is a long post. But please skip to the end and pray over the requests I've listed. I very much would appreciate that.]
There will be representatives present from four or five churches in the area, totaling 12-20 people. We will begin the seminar with worship on Sunday evening and then three days of classes, likely four classes per day with a time of worship each evening.
The first things I’ll teach (and briefly) are:
- Why group Bible study is important (vs. a lone teacher)
- Why obedience-based Bible study is important (vs. knowledge-based)
- How to do an oral inductive Bible study (a sort of 3-column Bible study)
The reason I’m wanting to teach the above subjects quickly is that once we’ve worked through the above material, the remainder of the seminar’s studies will be done in small groups using the inductive Bible study method. I will very much limit my actual teaching beyond initially touching on these three subjects. Continue reading
With the help of our summer interns, we built our first rocket stove for use in the village a little over a month ago. A rocket stove is a more efficient way of cooking with fire. It uses smaller diameter wood — and less of it — but still cooks faster than a traditional open fire.
A rocket stove is incredibly easy to construct, and it can be made entirely out of materials already present in rural areas. Continue reading
Here are some photos of people around these parts:
We recently sent a short video to one of our sponsoring churches, in order for them to show it during their VBS, the theme of which was missions. Filming was both short and hurried as it was raining, but, still, this ought to give you guys an idea of what we’re doing and where we’re working:
So… that’s Bugakara village.
The question of the day is this: Why do so many people write “Mother’s Day” instead of “Mothers’ Day?”
The apostrophe seems to be in the wrong place at least 90% of the time. I suppose I would understand if one were giving his mom a card that belongs only to her; then it could (accurately) be Mother’s Day. But when we’re talking about the holiday itself, or when people are using it in advertisements and the like… that clearly should be Mothers’ Day. Am I right?
And now the links: Continue reading
This just in:
My level of displeasure and frustration with Tanzanians pointing at, yelling to, and taunting me is directly proportional to how far and how fast I’ve run that day.*
*Not unlike chafing. Today was somewhere around 10 x 9-minute miles, and it’s the most irritated I’ve been in weeks (double entendre intended).