Yesterday, Bishop Given got news at 6am that his mother is seriously ill in hospital. Please pray for her well-being. First, his wife Lillian took the 9-hour bus ride your Dodoma to be with her. This took a competent translator and pray-er from the team. Now this morning our time in Kikore is cut short because we need to take Bishop Given home to be with his mother. Please pray for him on the long journey home to Dodoma.
While he travels, part of our team will see what they can do to help the people of Chemba get their amazing windmill water pump going. This is vital for the success of the youth vocational centre which is being built there at great cost. The main buildings are completed but unfinished due to waiting for funds to come in for furnishing them and painting them. Everything here is impossible, except for God's intervention and the generosity of donors. It is dry, dry, dust all around - apart from water fetched in buckets from kilometers away. How can they better themselves with nothing to start with?
The vocational centre will provide education for young people who would otherwise stop attending school at about 13 years old. Bishop Given has a vision to see education provided for up to 600 students at a time. This is impossible- but, God will provide, he is sure. How else could they have gotten this far? They have purchased land very close by, that will be used for a model farm to teach new farming and irrigation methods. There will be training for carpentry, plumbing and other vital skills.
We spoke to the current Bible School principal in Kondoa. His wife had waited a day and a half from the time the plumber promised to come. Then she went out briefly and during that time, he arrived and "fixed" the gushing water meter with... a piece of screwed up plastic bag! Needless to say it was not fixed at all. And the meter continued to record litres of water supplied that they were not getting any use from, being spilled around the meter itself but they would still be charged for it. Training in plumbing is very much needed.
Thanks so much for your prayers which help make this trip possible and successful.