In 2001, we began a life-long deep love for the people of Africa. Seeing thousands of children receive a gift box containing unique items they had to be educated on what they were (think a mini "Etch-a-Sketch," or an inflatable beach ball) is an experience we looked forward to for ten years. We participated in the yearly distribution of Samaritan's Purse, Operation Christmas Child gift boxes handing out over 100,000 gifts that will never be forgotten.
Our first expansion to East Africa was with Fellowship Bible Church in 2004. A group of 14 traveled to the other side of the globe to train women from the Nakuru through the ministry of ALARM. During our time we had an opportunity to minister in the community as well, taking us to orphanages, schools, a village clinic, and a dumpsite, home to hundreds foraging for sustenance in the midst of a mountain of trash. Four years later we returned to the north ministering in Kitale, and Amboseli after the election violence of 2009.
When the ALARM ministry leader returned to her homeland of Tanzania, she contacted the ministry and asked if we would consider coming to teach the women of her homeland. Of course we accepted the offer and over the course of six years taught hundreds of church pastors, lay workers and faithful village women, in all areas of the country. In a land hungry for the Gospel, we gladly brought Bibles in their native tongue to people who would NEVER be able to afford the Word of Truth and life!
I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 17:19-20
...With each day of our obedience in faith, we took one bite out of a huge “elephant” wrapped in Christmas paper, and the Lord’s response in love was a spiritual fullness and “mountain moving” adventure better than any safari!
"...We stood on hallowed ground. Taken to a place on earth where faith could fail, confronted with the realization those we saw from a distance, to survive merely prolongs daily suffering. Face to face with insurmountable indication of God’s absence, we were challenged by His presence. ..."
"Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord." Zechariah 4:6
...I shared with the Maasai women who have suffered a famine of the Word, "The Bible says, God's Word will not return to Him void. I emphasised He is watching over His Word to see it performs all He has planned.
2001 GHANA: Tamale Team Operation Christmas Child
"But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? "
Romans 10:14 The Message