January NewsletterPosted on January 11th, 2017.
Christmas has come and gone and now we are in 2017. Can’t believe how quickly 2016 went by and how much work was done. We want to make sure you know the many critical accomplishments your investments yielded.
In November I attended the 58th graduation of the college and was introduced to graduate Jeremiah Mgunga. He is pictured with his pastor and mentor, Andrew Tlemai. Jeremiah is from the Hadzabe Tribe, near Lake Manyara of Tanzania.
The Hadzabe are descendants of Tanzania’s aboriginal hunter-gatherer population. They have occupied their current territory for thousands of years, with relatively little changes to their basic way of life until the past hundred years. Since the 18th century, the Hadza came into increasing contact with farming and herding people from other tribes; the interactions were often hostile and caused population decline in the late 19th century. The first European contact and written accounts of the Hadza are from the late 19th century.
There have been many attempts to settle the Hadza by introducing farming and Christianity. These have largely failed, and many Hadza still pursue virtually the same way of life as their ancestors. In recent years, they have been under more pressure as neighboring groups encroach on their land.
Miraculously, Jeremiah is one of the first of his tribe to find Christ and then incredibly to attend a Bible college! His vision is to plant a church in this remote area for his people. This is unprecedented! Right now a small group of believers gather under a tree but have no pastor. His education at the Bible College has prepared him for this time.
This is what African Moons is about….
As our partners know, we take donated school supplies and athletic equipment to Christian and government primary schools. We also increased our support of the Shalom Center Orphanage; assisting them with providing food and shelter for orphans. We continue to scholarship young adults as they pursue various careers. Providing internet service at the Bible College continues to be an invaluable resource for staff and students.
Our projects focus on empowering people of all ages, showing God’s love to children or equipping adults to share the Gospel. That’s who we are, that’s what we do, that’s what we’ll be doing as long as God allows.
You make all of this possible. Your prayers and monthly financial gifts to African Moons enable us to do the ministry God has put in our hearts. During 2017 we expect God to do the unusual. Pray with us for unusual favor, open doors, protection and provision. We love you and appreciate you.
Tanzania for Jesus!
Joel & Sally