Barclay Viewforth Church congregation on Blackford Hill

BVC Tanzania Team – Day 6


Day 6 – Kimashuku revisited

A new day – and a new worksite…well, new to some. The 3 young members of our team headed off on safari with the Hamilton team, so the team was somewhat reduced. We headed to Kimashuku Children’s Home to do some work on the 2nd home under construction there. Some people may remember that Kimashuku was the 1st home built by Vine Trust (and some BVC volunteers) in Tanzania in 2011. The need is so great in that area that it was decided that a 2nd home should be built. The walls are up and the roof is on but there is a lot of internal work still to be done, as well as things like the septic tank area. We were involved in moving large bricks (2 people carrying in some cases) to the back of the home for lining the area for the septic tank. This was hard work in the hot sun but the team, with some help from the builders and TAWREF volunteers, persevered. It’s amazing what can be achieved when people work together.

The children at Kimashuku are on school holidays, which means that they go to stay with relatives for a couple of weeks, but we hope to see them again next week when they return. Our tired and aching bodies were relieved when the end of the work day arrived, but we had a lot of fun throughout the day.

It’s great to see a team of folks working together for a common good. Ephesians 4:16 comes to mind…

“From him (Christ) the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”

We have been learning so much about ourselves and each other during our time here, with people stepping out in faith and sharing their stories and their frailties, particularly during our team devotions. Each part of the team is doing its part, but in the sure and certain knowledge that it is Christ who directs their footsteps.

Please remember each member of the team in prayer:

Mhairi; Robin; Fiona; Elaine; Chris; Hei Man; Lindsey; Ellis; Kathryn; Stuart; Mary and Elly and Ben (our Tanzanian partners)


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