TANZANIA MISSION REPORT
|(Excerpt from recent report from Daniel Gaines)|
Grace and Peace to you friends.
The past few weeks have been extremely eventful in our lives. My daughter, Abby, accompanied me on a road trip across Tanzania. Along with Phillip, Isaac, and Selena, we were able to visit 13 church meeting places and meet with representatives of 22 congregations. Even though it required about 56 exhausting hours in the truck, it was a great blessing to visit with these brethren. I had never been to most of these locations, so it was good for me to see their environments and hear about their needs and challenges. It also gave us the chance to discuss some important plans and strategies for the future of these congregations. These brethren received us enthusiastically. One even described it as his "dream come true" that we had visited. This speaks to their desire to feel like they are connected to the larger body of Christ rather than being isolated and unnoticed.
Abby had prepared children's bible school kits with a binder of material and some school supplies donated by the South Green Street Church of Christ. At each stop, she gave the kits to the local teachers and provided training in how to use the material. On several occasions, she was also able to demonstrate with the children of the congregation assembled for a special class. One teacher remarked, "I have been desperately searching for aids for bible class, and God has answered my prayers."
We got back to the USA just in time to head to Henderson, TN to represent Tanzania Missions at the Freed-Hardeman Lectures. It was a great week of networking and Bible study. It is encouraging to know that even in this wicked world, there are so many wonderful works going on!
Before I close, I do want to remind you that we have a tremendous need for more monthly supporters. Could you help? Could you refer us with a recommendation to someone else that might be in a position to help? I would love to come and visit with you in person about the amazing things that God is doing in East Africa!
Till all have heard,
DO YOU HAVE A MEMBER ACCOUNT?
Attention: 36th Street Members
Our website contains much useful information for you as a member of the 36th street congregation. We are updating and improving www.36thstreetchurch.com on an ongoing basis.
In order for you to take advantage of the full (members-only) benefits of the site, you need to set up a personal account on the site. It's easy to do - just go to the homepage of the website and click on the 'MEMBERS' tab and select 'REGISTER' from the drop-down menu. You will need to complete the form there and set up a username and password. Your request will be forwarded to a web administrator, who will review the form and set you up in the system.
We encourage you to access the website and see how it can benefit you.
CHURCH FACEBOOK PAGES
36th Street currently has two separate Facebook pages. Both have the same name: 36th Street Church of Christ. The pages are different in the following way:
One is an open public group. This is the cover photo: Anyone can see the group's name, who's in the group, and can post and see what others post on the page.
The other is a closed group. This is the cover photo: Anyone can see the group name and who's in the group, but only members who have been approved and added by the Admin(s) of the page (Mike Moss, Marcus Stenson, Ethan Kirl, or John Eckhart) can see what group members post on the page.
So, basically, if you want to post something to be shared by only our members (and others whom the Admins have approved as members), use the closed page. If you want to post something to be shared with the public, use the public page. Hope this helps, - John E.