This afternoon, a team of four from Missio Dei will board a plane in Atlanta with their sights set on Mtwara, Tanzania for our first mission trip to Africa. Though the journey will be long, they are excited to participate in this vision trip on behalf of the church!
There are 3 tiers to our Tanzania strategy:
1. Increasing our relationship with the Mtwara Student Center we partner with through Compassion International.
In 2014, nearly 100 children were sponsored through Compassion International by members of our church body! We have worked to build and maintain a beneficial relationship with the student center. While in Mtwara, the team will visit the center and learn about their specific needs. They'll be asking questions to learn how we as a church can help meet those needs in the coming years.
2. Building relationships with local pastors to assess their needs for ministry training.
Acts 29 hopes to plant churches globally for the glory of God. The team will be working with local pastors to learn about their current training strategies and offer some advice to improve their ministry. They hope to offer guidance and effective tools for discipling new pastors for ministry.
3. Exploring an unreached people group (<2% Christian) just outside Mtwara.
The southern area of Tanzania where this people group is located is not well developed. There is no electricity or running water and you can only access these regions during the dry season because the dirt roads are often flooded otherwise. Because of these factors, the people there have likely not heard the gospel. Our team will make efforts to build relationships with the people there with the hopes of building bridges for future ministry there.
Will you pray with us?
Join us in praying for the team and for their work in Tanzania. PRAY:
- For the health & safety of our team members - David Lindrum, Dillon Ramsey, Bryan Robbins & Megan Trasport.
- For the Holy Spirit's guidance toward the things God has in mind, to advance his kingdom.
- For our Compassion kids to feel loved.
- For greater involvement with t he pastor & church who run the Compassion center.
- For clear answers to questions like, "Should we & how can we help?"
- For local pastors to be open & eager to receive training.
- For persons of peace among the unreached districts of Mtwara & Masasi.
- For the people & resources needed to: train pastors, plant churches, grow Compassion's footprint, improve the culture & economy.
- For Sylvester (local pastor), Brian Weaver (contact), their families, & their ministries.
- For unity on the team & a keen awareness of the Spirit guiding us; instructing, supporting, & loving us throughout the trip.