2017 Mission Trips to Guatemala & Tanzania

In August 2017, several members of Holy Trinity went on missionary trips to Tanzania & Guatemala.  In Tanzania, we support a local parish in Isimani and we are setting up their very first library for their school.  Meanwhile, in Guatemala City, we will be visiting Fundaniños Orphanage to serve the the children who grow, attend school, and play at their home church Casa de Libertad. We’ll be purchasing school materials with your generous donations, leading games/crafts, making a special meal, offering food staples to neighbors as an outreach project, and reinforcing “living” Jesus principles while playing or solving little conflicts between children!

Please enjoy the daily updates from these mission trips.  Pastor George Koch, our sitting interim Pastor, will be writing updates on the Tanzania trip.  Cristina Dolcino, an International Social Ministry leader, will send updates that have been written by the youth and adults while in Guatemala.

Tanzania 8/12/2017: "Without a vision the people perish."

Posted by Mark Donahue on Sunday, August 13, 2017 @ 11:08 AM

There have been two overwhelming changes for the good in the Isimani parish. First, Holy Trinity paid for electric lines to be strung to the church from where the poles stopped. The church,

Parsonage and outbuildings now have light, the girls at the sewing class have electricity.

Photos (see above):

  • Members dancing to electronically amplified music! How having electricity has captured their imagination!
  • Pastor Msungu and Kurt Kasik inspect furniture made by members.
  • Panoramic view of one of the new building sites.

Second, Pastor Livingstone Msungu has been a godsend. When he arrived the place was dispirited, people were leaving and the place looked tired.

Not yet 30 Pastor Msungu through a great vision for the parish and a personality which shows leadership and a respect for elders, has infected the people with a can-do spirit. Two preaching points which almost closed are dreaming about building Church buildings which will cost them about 2 Million T Schillings (about $1,000).

One preaching point is going through a building renewal. There is a keen yearning for growth and people are coming back. We can not praise Pastor Msungu and his church elders who are making such great things happen!

It is not only a parish that needs vision; it is a need by individuals to help give them direction. We met with one of our scholarship students who has graduated from secondary school. Next year she will be off to the university and medical school.

All of these things are possible because of your generous gifts, your prayers and concern for the people of Isimani!! The people there wish to say to you, "Asante Sana" (thank you very much!

Blessings,

George

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