Barclay Viewforth Church congregation on Blackford Hill

BVC Tanzania Team – Day 8

Visit to Hai

Day 8 – Connecting People to Change Lives

Our day started with a drive to the Hai Vocational Training Centre. The centre teaches one of five trades to students: carpentry; tailoring; welding; restoration and electrical skills. We were given a tour of the carpentry workshops and were shown some of the things the students produce. Wooden organs are made to order and shipped all over the world, as well as a range of furniture and smaller items. The team were able to buy a few gifts/souvenirs (no orders for organs though).

We then headed back to Kimashuku where there were more bricks waiting to be moved. We were joined by our young folks just back from their safari adventures. After the bricks were moved we got involved in digging; cement making and wall tiling – so if you know anyone looking for some builders I’m sure we could provide some competitive rates! It’s amazing what the bunch of teachers; students; etc can turn their hand to.

Our working day finished earlier than usual as the jobs we could do were limited and others required the skilled hand of the fundis so we headed home for hot (and cold) showers. Our reward to ourselves for a good week’s work was coffee and cake at the Union Cafe.

On returning to base we discovered that another Vine Trust team had arrived at the hostel. This was a workplace team of people from BAE systems in Barrow, here to do the same type of work as us. We gave them a warm welcome before they headed off for an early dinner and we headed off for team devotions (we couldn’t eat dinner too early due to cake consumption).

It’s really hard to believe that we are now halfway through our visit here – time really does fly when you’re having fun.

Connecting people to change lives is the strap line of the Vine Trust – this is really evident in the work and partnerships going on in Tanzania. We are all ordinary people with a heart to see lives transformed. Some of us have been fortunate enough to have made return trips to Tanzania and, in doing so, can see the ongoing changes to the families and children who have benefitted from new homes. They are healthier and happier and there is a real sense of hope – you have to see it to believe it. Lives are changed for the better. When you combine the with the Barclay Viewforth mission statement of: Making God’s love known in Jesus Christ, then we can make a difference. The children’s home at Kimashuku has the words of part of James 1:27 painted on the wall:

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after widows and orphans in their distress…”

Let’s combine our hearts, minds and prayers and do this – together we can make a difference.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at home.


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