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December Newsletter

Posted on December 13th, 2018.

Merry Christmas!

“All this will be because the mercy of our God is very tender, and heaven’s dawn is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sits in darkness and death’s shadow, and to guide us to the path of peace.” Luke 1: 78-79 TLB

Upon my return from Arusha, I was filled with overwhelming emotion as I reflected on the events of the trip. Rejoice with us with all that God is doing!

Our first Sunday, I watched our grandson, Joel, who is nineteen, stand on the platform of Calvary Temple in Arusha. He spoke to the congregation and gave praise to God for the work God is doing in Tanzania. Calvary Temple was built by his great grandfather, J. Paul Bruton sixty years ago. Then Mike Bruton, Sally’s brother, spoke twice that Sunday morning and the altars were filled as people came forward to accept Christ and for healing.

Calvary Temple was dedicated to the memory of Mae West Bruton, Sally’s grandmother. That Sunday morning two great grandsons of Grandmother Bruton, Joel Cumbie and Judah Roseno, knelt by the memorial plaque with these words…

In Memory of Mae West Bruton

You should have seen our team with the Special Needs children in the public schools. Besides seeing their faces light up with new puzzles, games and school supplies, we taught them how to blow bubbles! They had so much fun!


The next day we delivered “Christmas in a Box” to the children of Shalom Center Orphanage. Each box was labeled with individual names with clothes, toys, school supplies and hygiene items. They were so excited and grateful. Then we took the children to town to buy shoes, school uniforms, mattresses, blankets, pillows, textbooks and supplies.

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Then we had the thrill of attending the 60th graduation ceremony of the Arusha Bible College. Thirty-eight students graduated! The graduates were so proud of their accomplishments and yes, you have invested into their lives!

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It is this magical time of the year when we enjoy the season of love, gifts and family. But the most treasured part is that “…heaven’s dawn has broken” and we are whole. We are whole to present the living Christ to our beloved brothers and sisters in Tanzania.

May this Christmas fill you with wondrous awe as we again give honor and adoration to this precious gift, Jesus, the Son of God who became a man to take away the sins of the world.

Tanzania for Jesus!
Joel & Sally

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