March NewsletterPosted on March 17th, 2020.
Sally was 4 years old when the Bruton family went to Africa. The first thing her dad did when they settled into their first home in Northern Nigeria was to buy a horse. This was how he could reach villages deep in the bush where a car could not go. Through the years many stories have been shared about the power of the Word of God. Each story has long been held as treasure to our family’s history.
It was in the early ‘70’s and Dad had arranged to hold a Bible Training Seminar several hundred miles from Nairobi by Lake Victoria. The pastors were invited for 3-day meeting. Sleeping accommodations and food along with all materials and teaching was provided by dad and The East African Mission. It was a special time for the pastors where they could be refreshed and learn. It was customary for dad to teach basic Bible skills along with an introduction to the Gospel. One afternoon he had a Bible drill to help the pastors become familiar and find passages of the Bible quickly. During this drill, a man at the back of group was always the first one to stand with the selected Scripture.
When the session ended, dad found the man who knew his Bible so well. The man was old and weathered. Dad asked him in Swahili how he knew this “Book” so well. The old man reached for his Bible and put it in the hands of Dad. It was so worn. It had been covered many times with animal skin. Dad held this precious Bible and asked the man. “Would you like to have a new Bible?” The man asked, “Oh Bwana, is it possible for a man to have more than one Bible in a lifetime?”
“In their hunger you gave them bread from heaven and in their thirst you brought them water from the rock; you told them to go in and take possession of the land you had sworn with uplifted hand to give them.”
Nehemiah 9:15’How many Bibles do you have in your home today? Yet, one old worn Bible was more precious than gold to this old man.
The Bible College that stands today in Arusha was the last project built by Sally’s parents. Sixty-two years later it is thriving and graduating young men and woman that are dedicated to take this Good News to their homes, villages and beyond.
Following are two young men who are attending the college this year. Each qualified for a one-year Homer Alonzo Fox Scholarship.
ALEX ELISANTE – Alex was 8 years old when he accepted Christ. He has no Christian background in his family. He was saved and delivered from a drug addiction. His call is evangelism and he graduates in 2021.
AMOS MICHAEL GABRIEL MGONJA – Amos attended a Church Planting School near his home that qualified him to enter the collage as a second-year student. He is from Western Tanzania near Lake Victoria. He is now able to receive further training to become more effective in his ministry. Graduates 2020.
For this reason fervently pray and expect God to provide the funds to build the second dormitory this year. Thank you for your faithful support. Your prayers are the key to unlocking the resources to build this dorm. Thank you for standing with us.
Tanzania for Jesus!
Joel & Sally Vann
“God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done… 2 Corinthians 9:8-11 The Message (MSG)