Barclay Viewforth Church congregation on Blackford Hill

BVC Vine Trust Tanzania Team

Work party team in their dirty boots in Tanzania

Flexing our Muscles

BVC Vine Trust Tanzania Team 5-19 July 2014

On Saturday 5 July six BVC members, some friends and a few ‘soon to be friends’ will leave these shores (by air) for the warmer climes of Moshi in Tanzania. Thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising efforts, our suitcase filling and for your support in prayer. We couldn’t do it without you.

Although our work schedule is still to be confirmed, we will probably be involved in building a small home for a family who may have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. If the roof has been put on to the 2nd children’s home at Kimashuku (some of us were involved in building the 1st home there in 2011) then we will also be learning to plaster walls, under the guidance of the local fundis (builders).

This is an exciting time for everyone on the team, from the old hands to the new recruits, as we seek to make God’s love known in a practical way. Working alongside our friends from TAWREF (Tanzanian Women’s Research Foundation) and ELCT (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania) we can truly answer the question asked of Jesus by the expert in the law in Luke 10, “And who is my neighbour?”

At BVC we’ve been learning about imitation – doing as Christ did. As He reached out to help the lost and the least so we must do likewise. In doing so in Tanzania we will also learn so much more from our brothers and sisters in Christ – how to run the race with perseverance; to give without counting the cost; to be reliant on Christ in the most difficult circumstances; among other things. A work party experience usually helps us to develop muscles (in places we didn’t know we had any) but it also strengthens our spiritual muscles as we seek to grow stronger in our faith. Please help us in our growth on this trip.

Pray for:

  • The health and safety of the team and those working with them
  • The team to bond quickly
  • The children and adults we will be working with in Tanzania
  • Spiritual growth.

Mungu awabariki (God bless you)

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