On May 3, 2018 you prayed for this request: “Pray that the Church among the Sandawe will grow both in numbers and in maturity. Ask the LORD to give wisdom, perseverance and compassion to church leaders and missionaries.” And God answered: “A young Sandawe evangelist, Kristoffer, has completed half of a six month Bible School course. He will be taking over the preaching for a tiny new seedling church in Tumbelo. As a result of a recent outreach in Tumbelo, there are 12 new believers, including the parents and sister of Kristoffer.” Praise the Lord!
On Jun 13, 2018 you prayed for this request: “Two different local churches are hosting kids camps over the next two weeks. Please pray that the teachers would be full of joy and have wisdom as they teach these precious children. Pray that the children would learn more about Jesus and if they are already Believers, that they would know Him better and love Him more through the camp ministry. And for those that don’t yet know Him, ask that the children would be so drawn to Christ, that He would be irresistible to them.” And God answered: “A local missionary and a visiting student joined each camp group for one afternoon to play games. It was hilarious and delightful. Even the adults got into the fun. Children seldom have opportunity for play so this gave them a chance to enjoy play in this way and to laugh together. Isn’t laughter a wonderful gift from God!” Praise the Lord.
The rainy season is coming once again. We ask, as always, not only for a harvest that will provide food and material needs for the coming year, but we pray for a spiritual harvest among the Sandawe people. Pray that Believers will be bold in sharing their faith with their neighbors, that they will not be ashamed of the gospel. We need more workers for the harvest but our prayer is that those workers would be other Sandawe Christians, that local churches would flourish and grow and that new churches would be planted.
Please continue to pray for the village of Mangasta. Pray that pastors and evangelists and local Believers will make time to go visit and build relationships there. Islam has only been present in this village for about 10 years, having come as a result of economics/trade. But almost all the villagers are Muslims. And all are Sandawe. It is known as the “belly button” of Usandawe, what we in the west would call the “heart”. Pray that Christ will be made known in Mangasta and that the gospel will spread far and wide from there.
We are thankful that Kristoffer, a young Sandawe evangelist, just completed the first three months of a six month Bible course. He did very well and will be taking over the preaching in a village called Tumbelo where there is a small seedling church. A recent outreach to Tumbelo resulted in 12 new believers, including Kristoffer’s parents and sister. Please pray that these new believers will come to mid-week meetings for discipleship. So far, only two of them have come.
Let us give thanks to the LORD for a successful showing of the Jesus film in Kisandawe in a nearby village using a new solar kit. This kit allows Odilo, the evangelist for whom we have often prayed, to carry all of the equipment on his motorcycle, thus being completely independent of missionaries for this ministry. Continue to pray for Odilo as he has several more listening group seminars scheduled.
Please continue to pray for the village of Mangasta, Tanzania. We long to see a community of Believers there and why not ask God to change this village of 99% Muslims to 100% Christian!
Please pray for Odilo and his wife as they lead listening group seminars in which they are training people to ask specific questions when they listen to the solar players with scripture. The idea is for people to engage with God’s word, not merely listen to it. It is essentially training people in inductive Bible Study but the interesting thing is that most of the people who have the players are not Christians. Please ask the Lord to keep Odilo and Mama Happy safe as they travel long distances on a motorcycle and for these seminars to have a far reaching impact for the Kingdom.
Sometime in August, and evangelistic team from another area of Tanzania will be visiting the village of Mangasta. This village is 100% Sandawe and almost 100% Muslim. The visiting group is called Nuru which means light. This is the first evangelistic outreach to this village though missionaries have been praying for this village for several years. Please pray for the people of Mangasta that they will receive the Light!
We are so thankful for some of the younger members of one of the local churches who are coming up in leadership. Pray for this new generation of leaders that “their love would abound still more and more in real knowledge and discernment, so that they may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ”.