We woke with joyful hearts this morning remembering all that God has done in bringing us back to be with our Tanzanian brothers and sisters!
I read this morning from 2 Corinthians 5:1, “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands…so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by Life.” I had to laugh as I read that, because as men and women we often confuse our mortal lives as Life. In actuality, in the future sometime we will leave these “tents” and begin to live!
We had a great church conference in Kaoze village two weekends ago! All the choirs sang the new songs they wrote. There was “open air” preaching in the afternoons, and evenings as well as morning teaching sessions. I taught all the morning sessions using materials from Disciple Nations Alliance, entitled “The Forest in a Seed.” It is excellent Biblical-based Transformational-Cultural Change teaching. Using verses from the Bible such as 1 Peter 1: 18-19, which tell us we have inherited futile or empty ways from our ancestors. The teaching causes us to identify in what “empty” ways our cultures and societal norms have led us, repent of those ways and turn to Christ for the answers to life itself. In the West we struggle with materialism, in the East we struggle with jealously and witchcraft. None of us have asked for these things. We often times don’t even realize they are there because, when we live with others who think the same, we all consider it to be “just normal life.” However, these empty ways are focal points of our individual cultures and we need to do something about it! the Bible has the only answer. It is grounded in God Himself as being the One who can truly meet our needs and not our culture.
Due to the Holy Spirit moving and a whole weekend of preaching and teaching by many different people, 32 people came to Christ and 9 returned to the Lord confessing sins such as witchcraft, jealousy, adultery and fornication. God has gifted several Tanzanian men in Kipeta village as Evangelists, two in particular, Stanislaus and Radislaus. Ha ha! Their names sound Russian but they are actually from the Wanda people group. It is exciting to see them traveling all around by bicycle, telling people the Good News about Christ. (Pray for Stanislaus who just left to go to our Pastoral School in Mumba village.)
We just got back from a one-week trip to the North. Kasulu is a two-day drive on remote dusty roads and is located in Kigoma region. Eliamu, Jericho, Kim and I went to train 21 new beekeepers. In our commitment to encourage people both physically and spiritually, we are anxious to help people see the beneficial resources all around them. Sometimes things are so common that they never even considered them even though they have been living with them their entire lives. We had an excellent opportunity to share our testimonies, give out Gospels of John and answer many questions about all aspects of African beekeeping. Our training is focused on Theory and Practical aspects of beekeeping and I have been blessed to have spoken on the phone twice with the former Prime Minister of Tanzania, Mizengo Pinda, who is an avid beekeeper, promoting African beekeeping in Tanzania. He was glad to have seen our website, africanbeekeeping.com.
Thanks for your support, encouragement and prayers!!!!
Love, Ted and Kim Rabenold