God really answered our prayer today! We tried lots of hassle for 9 months to get our Tanzanian work permit renewed (so we can be fully legitimate when working in Tanzania), but were finally told we could not have one. This week, in a last attempt to get our money refunded, immigration gave the permit today instead!
Tomorrow until July 4, we will be going back to LVCC in Mwanza Tanzania. We will meet as a board for updates on the Bible school, church, and orphan ministry. But the primary purpose is to meet with leaders from various denominations to design a discussion-based seminar about witchcraft and witch accusations. Then, together, we will train trainers to lead discussions in the villages. Now, people live in fear and suspicion. Poor widows are often persecuted and alienated as accused witches. As many as 5 suspected witches are killed each week in these areas and rarely is anyone convicted of the murder. The churches have not effectively responded to this. The power, truth, and love of Jesus are needed. Please pray for the right leaders to come, wisdom from the Holy Spirit in designing and training, funding, and transformation in these villages.
Above: International students led worship in chapel June 6, singing in various languages represented at AIU.
Please pray for AIU in this time of major transition. As AIU has expanded by adding new programs, the expenses of expansion have exceeded the expansion of students and donors. This expansion and the sudden death of the Vice Chancellor, V.C. (our college president) has brought new leadership. We are excited for the new V.C. who begins July 1. Professor Nassiuma was V. C. of a larger Kenyan university previously and has been at AIU in another job for one year. Pray for clear vision and wisdom from God for AIU’s many new leaders. Also pray for a reconciliation process happening in chapel this week.
Two or our AIU students, David and BJ, are getting married July 19. Above: We represented David’s parents in dowry negotiations in the Meru area of Kenya. Here, we are praying a blessing on the couple at the celebration, after they had been wrapped together symbolically in traditional cloth.
Great views of Mount Kenya on our way back from Meru.
Above is the very international group who met to further the Africa Leadership Study. Research continues around the continent.