This past week, I was privileged to spend 3 busy days in Iringa, Tanzania with our EI Team – the tremendous “Tanzania Ten” – 3 British couples (with 4 kids) who make up Emmanuel International’s Tanzania Team.
Iringa, a bustling city in the great African nation of Tanzania, is a day-long bus ride from the capital Dar-es-Salaam. (My return ride to Dar on Thursday took 14 long hours!)
Each family lives in local housing within walking distance of one another, not far from the main office of our Partner Church – the Diocese of Ruaha (Anglican Church of Tanzania).
Iringa is a very dry region, and its people suffer severely from lack of clean water during the dry season. So priority has been given to providing clean water, through a series of tanks that catch rainwater off the roofs of the school buildings, storing it until needed during the long dry season. This has brought untold health benefits to thousands of students.
Another project is the introduction of fuel-efficient stoves for homes and schools. Using simple technology and local materials, these stoves have the potential of dramatically improving the lives of countless needy families, with significant environmental side-benefits.
But the most exciting thing happening around Iringa is the multiplication of new churches. The Partner Church has planted 55 new congregations over recent years, with EI has playing a significant support role. Praise God!
The Tanzania program is a wonderful example of EI’s ministry – helping churches serve their needy neighbours, together tackling the challenges of poverty, and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to more and more people.
Please pray for wisdom and guidance:
- As the Partner Church gradually assumes more program responsibility
- As we explore new ways for local churches to serve their needy communities
- As we build relationships with other Partner Churches
It is my role to coordinate the overall EI administrative framework that allows the Tanzania Team to serve effectively. What a privilege to be co-labourers with such dedicated servants and their Tanzanian partners!