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Good afternoon from the Tanzania Team!

Good afternoon from the Tanzania Team!

Good afternoon from the Tanzania Team (21009). This is Anya Hockenberry, reporting on Monday, July 19th. We are still at the Teen Missions Tanzania base. The weather varies between mild and cloudy with mild temperatures. 

Friday’s trip to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area was a smashing success. At 5:00am, we split between four tour Jeeps and drove four hours to the crater. Because some team members suffer from motion sickness, we read the Bible aloud for devotions and prayed. We drove up and around the rim, which is 7,000 feet tall. Then, we descended to 1,000 feet and explored the crater, only leaving our vehicles for one bathroom break and lunch. We saw baboons, an elephant, crown cranes, water buffalo, wildebeest, lions, flamingoes, hippos, jackals, a hyena, and LOTS of zebra. Lion King references were frequent. We got back to the base at 9pm; after a dinner provided by the tour company, we went straight to bed. 

Saturday was a full day of foot washing; we served three Sunday schools at two locations. All our previous work days had been in afternoon and ended when the sun set; working in direct sun for eight hours was a new experience. Roles switched at the different locations, so everyone got a chance to foot wash and evangelize. We were sent with more toddler and adult shoes than middle sizes and had to send away kids at each location. Moreover, babies and adults with medical issues we couldn’t treat fervently asked for help; Ms. Deb and Ellie D did their best to help. By the end of the day, we were quite exhausted but glad to have one full day. 

On Sunday, we slept in until 7:30am, went about our normal routine, and went to a Lutheran Church. It was quite a different experience than the Pentecostal Church from last week; less was translated. They sang two songs, introduced themselves, and did a drama. In Africa, for tithe and offering, some people give the literal fruits of their crops; so following service, the worship leader auctioned off a papaya, some eggs, and vegetables. Saba (TMI’s Tanzania coordinator) bought us the huge papaya for lunch. That afternoon, we napped, quizzed, and caught up on GGs. 

Today, we did no foot washing. Team members caught up on laundry, and we sorted the leftover shoes from the week. Any shoes that aren’t given away will be left at the base for Saba, Ethel, and the Saturday School teachers to distribute. We hope to foot wash tomorrow, but it’s unsure whether we can gather people for the sizes we have in a day. They’re starting to work on their debrief presentation, a compilation of all God did this summer, and studying for quizzing. 

Hello mother, father, brother, and sister. My time here in Tanzania has been really fun even though we’ve been in quarantine for a big part of it. Kilimanjaro. We went on a safari and we were lucky enough to see the only giraffe outside the Ngorongoro Crater. Foot washing has been really fun, and it’s really fun hanging out with all the kids.” -Simon O.

“Dear family, this summer has been a life changing experience. Our team got to help around base and grow in our faith and as a team. One of the most moving moments I’ve had ere was going out to for wash for the first time. I washed a little boy’s feet. He was about nine. As I took off his shoes, I saw half the skin on his big toe was hanging off. I could tell it was infected and painful. It completely broke my heart because I knew from the size of his foot that we didn’t have shoes to fit him. As I cleaned his wounds, I began to pray that God would provide the right size, and He did. My faith in Christ has grown throughout this summer tremendously…I can’t wait to come back to Africa again because hanging of with all the kids brings pure joy.” -Neylan J. 

“Tanzania is great. I’ve had an awesome time with foot washing, and I like playing soccer with the people here. ‘It’s not about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, that’s how winning is done.’” -Aric R. 

“The animals were cool.” -Mr. Josh T. (Assistant Male Leader)

Tanzania #1

Our twenty team members are working hard. On Day 1, we registered, learned names, got to know one another, and put up with the afternoon thunderstorm.

The team finished puppetry and carpentry classes...

The team finished puppetry and carpentry classes on Friday, June 18th. The team had five days straight of puppets and learned to hold a stage, move a puppet's mouth, and dance to Sunday school songs.

Tanzania Foot Wash 21009

Today is the last day of classes. We're finishing music with a presentation, drama, and advanced evangelism with plenty of practice and critique. In advanced evangelism, students learn about the Bible and how to evangelise to people, using logic, hospitality, confrontation, and more. Mr. Peterson shows them video examples of evangelism and 5-10 minutes of one-on-one practice.

Greetings from Tanzania!

Greetings from Tanzania! This is Anya Hockenberry. All 19 team members, 4 leaders, and luggage have safely arrived a 7pm last night.

Greetings from Tanzania!

Greetings from Tanzania! This is Anya Hockenberry. We are at the Teen Mission base in a rural area outside the city Moshi. This team report is from July 1st, 2021.

Greetings from Tanzania!

Foot washing will begin July 12th, for now, team members learn about the everyday lives of missionaries; that is their project until the social distancing lifts. Today, team members went with BMW students and staff members to the bean fields, learning how to harvest and peel beans. The cool morning air made the work enjoyable, and the huge pile of stalks testified to their work. The staff and students have an evening service after dinner, and last night, we joined them for worship and the Word.

Greetings from the Tanzania Teen Missions Base! This is Anya H., reporting on July 12th, 2021.

The team members learn more about BMW life and help with their work. The soybean harvest is finished, and now comes the task of separating the stalks from the fruit. This work can be done sitting down, and they’re enjoying it.

We have begun foot washing!

We are still situated at the Teen Missions Tanzania base, but we had a day off base and have begun foot washing!

Good morning from Tanzania!

We’ve foot washed three times, once on the base, and twice off. It’s a 4-5 hour event, including set up and tear down. We go to locations where the Teen Missions staff teach Saturday schools.

Good afternoon from Tanzania!

Days are growing sunny as the winter winds down; when clouds permit, we have a stunning Kilimanjaro to behold.