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Good morning from Tanzania!

Good morning from Tanzania!

Good morning from Tanzania! This is Anya Hockenberry on July 15th, reporting on the foot washing team’s progress. 
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. We load up our supplies in the pick up truck and split the team between the truck and the bus. On site, everyone has a designated task. Ms. Pat has a rotation so everyone gets to foot wash and evangelize equally. Two team members sort and distribute shoes, one runs between the foot washing site and the shoes to get sizes, eight wash feet, one provides medical supplies, and seven evangelize (EV includes puppets, balloons, and soccer). 
The team works so well that us leaders hardly need to help! Yesterday, Mia O and Elijah S were shoe sorters. They organized in three groups: toddler, child, and adult, then lined up by half sizes like a histogram. They stayed near the shoe area and gave runners shoes in record time. Yesterday, we washed eighty children’s feet, from infant to teenager. While children waited for their turn, the EV team ministered to them. They perform 4 puppet songs, make hats and swords out of balloons, and teach soccer games. Some of the younger children are scared of us, so the EV team coaxes them and relieves fear. 
We’ve gone out twice to explore Tanzania, once for church and on Tuesday for souvenir shopping and lunch. Team members purchased drums, authentic paintings, jewelry, and (of course) coffee. Tomorrow, we’ll leave at 5am for Angola-Gora, the sightseeing tour. Because the schedule is so different, multiple team members work KP on one day. Today, Kathryn S made banana coffee cake in the morning, Aric R made white bread for tomorrow, and Ellia M made PB&J pockets for Saturday. It’s a busy time, but team members are thriving under it. 
Lots of working time sometimes distracts us from our purpose, but morning and evening devotions keep us on track. Last night, Sadie H read Matthew 7:24-27 and reminded us to build our house on God, who is the solid rock. She chose “The Cause of Christ,” a team favorite, and we finished with “Lord, You Are More Precious Than Silver,” our team song. 
Stuffy noses and coughs are less frequent; evening tea and honey has helped. Josh H ran into a wire clothesline a few days ago; he was joking with our missionary, sprinted away without looking, and smacked into it. He has a scratch but is otherwise fine. He wants to wish his mom a happy birthday. 
Please pray that our final days of foot washing are smooth and that we can witness to the children. The team gained a new understanding of poverty and third world living, so please pray they mature well. God bless! 
“This team is cool. I love all the kids here.The kids and locals here are cool. That’s all from me.” -Kathryn S. 
“Dear family, I am absolutely loving it here in Africa! The foot, landscapes, and people are so different from home, but I am going to miss it all when we leave. I love you all and will be excited to see you soon!” -Abigail H. 

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 afternoon from the Tanzania Team!

Friday’s trip to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area was a smashing success.

Good afternoon from Tanzania!

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