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Posted on August 15th, 2011.

A few weeks ago, four generations of the Bruton Family met in Branson, Missouri for a reunion. We enjoyed all the fun things of a vacation. We told stories, had a talent show, played games, boated, swam and most importantly, enjoyed some good food along with enough laughter to last until we meet again.

Sally’s grandparents, E. J. and Mae West Bruton left a tremendous legacy of faith in this family. In the early 1920‘s they pastored the Assembly of God church in Eureka Springs, Arkansas not far from Branson. Visiting this quaint little community was a highlight for the Bruton family.

Many of us stood in front of the parsonage where part of our rich history of faith was experienced. The little church burned down years ago, but we stood on the slab that remains. This is the place where Paul Bruton at the age of six heard a missionary from Sierra Leone speak and informed his parents that he would be a missionary to Africa.

On Sunday, we met one last time for family worship before going our separate ways. Mike Bruton, Sally’s brother, closed our family altar with these words.

“People often use the words ‘inheritance’ and ‘legacy’ interchangeably. However, inheritance is what you leave for someone. Legacy is what you leave in someone.”

This legacy, is from both sides of our families, the Vann’s and Bruton’s, is part of the reason we are motivated to see the Gospel preached to the lost. We are following in their footsteps.

God has given us the opportunity to meet a need in Tanzania to expand the Arusha Bible College, fifty-three years after it was established by Paul and Helen Bruton.

Today, God is using the men and women of Tanzania to take the Good News of the Cross to their country and beyond. They are an army of bright lights fighting against the darkness of Satan. Together, we lift up their hands as the battle rages.

The students that are sleeping in hallways and dilapidated dorms will soon have a new dormitory. It will be such a huge blessing to these students.

Imagine committing your life to take the Gospel to the lost but not having a decent place to sleep. Jesus said not to worry about such things. Well, the students are NOT worried, but God has asked us to expand the college so that more men and women can be trained.


Pray for us as we share the vision of African Moons:

  • August 21 Sally and I are at First Assembly in Lafayette, Indiana
  • August 22, we tape a program on the local TBN channel in Indianapolis. The air date is Friday, October 21st.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers. Believe with us for God to move on the hearts of people so that we have the full $200,000.00 needed to complete and furnish the dormitory.

Tanzania for Jesus!

Joel and Sally

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