November Newsletter: Tanzania

Highlights from this month:
Women’s ministry in Mwanza, Tanzania
Climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro!
Next month: Church planting in Malawi
Women’s Ministry in Tanzania
The past month, we have been in Mwanza, Tanzania. On one of our first days in town, we were on a run through the area, and the Holy Spirit compelled us to stop and pray for a young woman lying on the street. It was amazing to see what God did with this simple act of obedience – read about this on my teammate Meghan’s blog  “To Breathe Out Holy.”
We lived in a small community on the suburbs of Mwanza, where our main ministry consisted of hut-to-hut visits. Just like the first disciples in Acts, we traveled from home to home, offering prayer to women and families and sharing Jesus’ love any way we could. And just like the first disciples, God showed up in mighty ways, answering our prayers with salvations, healings, and deliverances. Read more about this on my blog post entitled “The kingdom.”
Over time, Meghan and I began to develop a heart for the women in the community, and God birthed a desire in our hearts to see them dream with God again. We organized three meetings where we gave chance for women in that community to share their dreams and encourage one another in pursuing these dreams. At the end of the month, we even washed the women’s feet as a symbol of serving them and empowering them in the future God has for them.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
We had a few days off at the end of the month, so twelve of my squadmates and I organized a 5-day climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. It was an incredible experience – both the hardest and most glorious thing that I have ever done. We had to hike to the summit (19,305 feet tall) at midnight, where we fought hypothermia, exhaustion, and incoherence due to the lack of oxygen. I documented our journeyhere – check it out to see some awesome photos!

Next Month: Church Planting in Malawi
Next month, we’re working with Harvesters International Ministries, where we will be traveling around the country of Malawi and assisting with planting churches. I’m really looking forward to this, as it will be fascinating to compare church planting in Africa with my experiences helping to plant Journey Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This month, I’ve just been overwhelmed by God’s faithfulness. He is here, speaking to us in the wind, the weather, the sky, the laughs, as well as the hardships. Our squad’s biggest prayer need continues to be health and safety as we travel through Africa. Many are continuing to battle malaria, typhoid, back pain, and other illnesses.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to let each of you know that I am truly thankful for you. Thank you for your continued prayers, encouragement and support. It makes all the difference – I truly couldn’t do it without you!

In Christ’s amazing love,

Kelly

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