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Greetings from the base of Kilimanjaro!

Greetings from the base of Kilimanjaro!

We praise the Lord for a safe arrival to Teen Missions’ Tanzania base. All of our bags made it as well. We praise the Lord for those who helped provide for food for the team as they traveled, what a blessing, thank you so much! We were also greatly blessed when we arrived with a wonderful supper prepared by the Tanzania staff.

We are at the foot of the largest mountain in Africa but it is hiding from us except for a short moment when the clouds broke to reveal part of the peak.

The team worked today on unpacking all of the food and equipment. They got clothes and dish bags washed and took their first Africa showers before supper.

Miss Gay and Alyssa Have been busy working on setting up the team kitchen. Kate and Leah worked on making our SPP box (secret prayer partner). Lacey is helping to organize and check out books for our team library (mostly missionary biographies). Samara is helping to update our memory verse chart.

The chairman of our local Massi village, and a local government official came to greet the team this afternoon. We shared one of our songs and did our team intros for them. They welcomed the team and assured us of their support.

We arrived tired but healthy, and we are glad to be settling in and preparing to begin our projects.

Here are some testimonies from the team members…

From Champion… Day one: wake up and we did chores to pack up like take down the eating site, finish packing, and leave the dorms. We boarded the bus and had pizza along the quick drive to the airport. We moved our luggage to check in and then went through security. We boarded our first flight (to Chicago) We slept, DID NOT watch movies, and left the plane after four hours. We then stayed at the airport for 14 hours to wait for our connecting flight. Day two: we boarded for our 14 hour flight to Ethiopia from Chicago, after that flight we went through security again and boarded for our two hour flight to Tanzania. We took a bus to the base. We set up tents, ate dinner, and went to sleep.

Day 3: We explored the base and I was told to write a paragraph about traveling, three hours later I wrote this ????

From Andrew: At first it was cold in the airplane, we had breakfast, and we all had goodie bags to eat on the trip here. It was fun and quick because I slept the whole time and we played games and ate and had fun at the airport. I arrived here (in Tanzania) and I unpacked. We got to meet the nationals and had good food.

We have 23 teens who are excited about serving the Lord...

We have 23 teens who are excited about serving the Lord this summer! On Sunday we had Orientation Day where the teens were taught various things like how to wash their clothes in a bucket, the proper way to address letters, how to take pictures well, and how to run the Obstacle Course.

Praise the Lord! Only three more days of Boot Camp!

Praise the Lord! Only three more days of Boot Camp! Thursday is our last day of training and we will spend Friday and Saturday helping take down things around Boot Camp and packing up.

Pictures from Tanzania Team

Pictures from Tanzania team

Tanzania in Addis

Tanzania in Addis

Greetings in the Lord from Kilimanjaro!

Team Tanzania has had a strong start to our work project nearly completing a long waterline trench from the new borehole to the fields below. We hope to lay the water lines early next week. On Saturday, the team enjoyed their first evangelism with the local children who came for the weekly SS (Sunday School) program. They shared a song, drama, and puppets. They then went outside to played games with the children. Afterwards, the team played volleyball with the TMI Bible school students and staff. On Sunday, we visited a local church in Bomangombe. We were there for almost 4 hours but the team had an awesome time participating in the worship and sharing their presentation. Kate did a great job sharing her testimony. Afterwards, we stopped at a local grocery store and eventually made it back to base. Kilimanjaro finally came out of the clouds today and the team had fun capturing this majestic mountain on their cameras. We also held our 1st official memory verse quiz this evening. It was fun to see how quickly so many have improved!

Jambo Family and Friends!

In the last update, you read about the irrigation system that the team was working on. I am happy to say the team has successfully finished getting the irrigation system to the field which will be a huge blessing to the base here. We have planted over 44 banana trees that will rapidly grow over the next few weeks while we are here, it will be cool for the team to see that take place!

Greetings from Arusha!

Today we traveled to Arusha to attend a church service. The team gave another presentation, Andrew and Lacey gave testimonies… the team performed puppets and did the Battleground drama. Afterwards Mr. Steve gave the morning sermon.

Greetings in the Lord from Team Tanzania!

The team has 'hit their stride' on the work project!
They've now planted over 200 banana plants and about 50 citrus and mango trees. In addition, they've completed about 75% of the sidewalk around the dining/kitchen building. They also finished digging the footer for a new 'tabernacle' building to hold future Tanzania Boot Camp rallies. Yesterday, they backfilled the footer with two dump truck loads of large stones and then poured about 50 feet of concrete into the footer.


It's been another full, fast-moving week for Team Tanzania.
We completed the sidewalk circling the dining room building and poured most of the Tabernacle (Rally) building footer. Some of the team began preparing the steel for the columns. Every two days we help with watering the 200+ banana plants and over two dozen newly planted fruit trees. The team also began work on a Gazebo meeting place perched on a scenic overlook further north of the main campus.

Well, our time is coming to a close here in Tanzania.

It was a busy work week on the Work project… The team completed laying the blocks on the foundation, tied all the steel columns and poured them into the foundation… And then on Friday, the team also poured a concrete cap over the foundation all the way around the building.

Final Days in Tanzania

We enjoyed a big trip to Ngorongoro Crater! We rode in four safari trucks.
The team made a few stops along the way for souvenir shopping before reaching the campground where we spent the night. The next morning we continued our drive into the crater. Including wildebeest, buffalo, impala, gazelle, elephant, zebra, hippo, crown cranes, ostrich, flamingo, serval, and our highlight… A lioness taking a nap near our trucks on top of a fallen tree! On Wednesday, we journey to Moshe for a souvenir shopping. Let’s just say that some of us are better at bartering than others!

Tanzania is on it’s way!

Tanzania 22011 Photos

Tanzania 22011 Photos #2