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I still haven’t really decided what to do with these work report things. Christie and I have an email subscription list, to whom we send full work reports. Yet others have told me they enjoy reading updates of our work in Geita here on the blog. So I’ve been providing abbreviated work reports on the blog — with added commentary. That doesn’t seem to make any sense, huh? What I mean is that I don’t provide as many bullet points and as much report-type information in these posts. But I go back and allow myself to ramble a bit. As I’m doing now. So you get more stories, sidenotes, and chased rabbits… but less total (pertinent at least) information.
I’m looking for advice on how to do a better job with this work report bit of my blog. Please speak up in the comments if you have anything useful, worthwhile, or hilarious to say. If you want to subscribe by email to the “real” work report, comment below with either the words “subscribe work report” or “Are you kidding, I’d tap-dance through hell and back in a pair of out-of-style and quickly melting Crocs just to get a copy of your work report by email.” And now, the May work report (both abridged and amplified):
Family and Life
- Baylor’s about to be six months, and she’s crawling around everywhere. She’s somewhere between the 75-90th percentile in height, and her banjo playing is really improving. Baylor loves being outside, which is much to our liking — and probably very appropriate for a little girl living in rural Africa. Sometimes she gets upset and the only solution is to take her outside to play. She takes after her father… with the crying. But I hate being outside. There are bugs.
- We put some shelves in our kitchen, and next on the “to do” list are curtain rods, curtains, and a dog kennel of some sort. The curtains are not for the dog kennel.
Evangelism and Discipleship
- The Discovery Bible Study in Nyamarembo is really starting to mesh. People are becoming more comfortable with one another, talking more, joking, sharing openly, and it seems having more fun in general. It’s a great group, and they’re understanding well what we read each week. Most members are already setting goals in being obedient to God. And each week we share with one another whether or not we’ve been successful, and how that’s affected us.
- I mentor the facilitators of that group, Edward and Sylvester, each Thursday morning, and both are very open to what we’re learning from God, and about leadership. Please pray for them.
- Pray for there to be a multiplication of Bible study groups. Pray for this group to multiply and for Bible study groups to begin in other areas of town as well. Both Sumbu and Oscar have expressed interest, and even made plans, to begin groups — but neither have followed through with that at this point.
Development and Service
- Christie began our first English class earlier this week. There were seven students, all eager to learn a new language that will make them more qualified for a greater number, and a higher level, of jobs in the future. The English class meets weekly on Wednesday afternoons. Please pray for Christie’s preparations and her ability to model Christ as a teacher.
- We’ve done a lot of pig slaughtering and meat processing lately, and I’m looking into the feasibility of raising hogs on the demonstration farm. Doing so might provide us future opportunities for economic development. Many Tanzanians love pork, but because of Muslim protest it’s not sold in the main market in town — or any market nearby, for that matter. The only places one can regularly find pork for sale are bars and seedy roadhouses. Tanzanian Christians aren’t willing to frequent these establishments, so they simply do without pork. You should have seen how excited my neighbor was to receive a few kilograms of pork last week.
- I‘m scheduled to soon visit a nearby beekeeper. I’m wanting to see what a small-scale honey operation looks like here in Mwanza region. The beekeeper is wanting me to offer advice on how he might improve honey production. In related news, I was able to retrieve all my beekeeping equipment from Mwanza, though I can’t put hives up until we have land for our demonstration farm.
- As mentioned often, we’re preparing to order a new vehicle. At this point we lack roundabout $8,000, which we need before July. If you might be able to help with this, or your church or Sunday school class might be willing to take up a one-time offering towards that amount, please email us and let us know. Our email address can be found on the “Partners” page.
- Please be praying for the moneys involved in obtaining a truck. The truck we are currently driving is not dependable, and is costing us a great deal of money to keep up ($800 last month on repairs alone). It’s also eating deep into our available time, because each repair must be done in Mwanza, which is a 3-hour drive away.
Thanks for reading. And thank you even more for praying for our ministry here in Geita, Tanzania.
See the April work report here.