Ted and Kim Rabenold live and minister in the Rukwa Valley which is in the South Western part of Tanzania. They have been missionaries in Tanzania for over 25 years and God has used them to make a great impact on eternity. They wrote an update on some current happenings, and I thought it would be great for you to check it out!
I just wanted to take a moment to update you on the work here in Rukwa valley. Eric Smeets, a Dutch farmer, asked me to visit his macadamia farm in Vwawa near Mbeya. in May of 2016 his stepson, Prosper, came to our beekeeper training in Kapenta. They are hoping that their macadamia, coffee, and avocado trees will benefit from the added pollination of bee hives. I inspected their apiaries and advised on type and placement of hives. In our continued efforts at being a platform for the advancement of Christian outreach, our goal is to train and encourage agriculturalists, fish farmers and beekeepers. It is encouraging to see in the book of Hebrews that Jesus is the Author of our resources and that all things were made through Him and for Him. We have Him to thank for all the good things we enjoy in life!
I had an excellent time yesterday preaching at the Grace church in the village of Msia. In 2004 we helped them construct the church and it is thriving with different tribes represented in the congregation. Due to their need for more space, Pastor Steven Ramadhani’s goal is to build onto the church. He told his testimony of how he came to Christ after his father passed away and was encouraged by the elders in the church that he now pastors.
One of my favorite things to do is make connections. We know that bringing in experienced Tanzanian men from different sectors of agriculture will help impact local lives. I met Shellimoh, who heads up the work at the Iringa Tanzania Tree Seed Center, and he is excited about coming to meet our farmers in the Rukwa valley to discuss different types of seed and their potential. He took us on a tour to show us some of the types of fruit trees and board trees at their orchard. Thanks for your encouragement and support!
Love, Ted and Kim Rabenold