Meet the Tanzania Mission 2015 Team
The Tanzania Mission team traveling to Tanzania in the summer of 2015 includes grandparents, parents, young adults and youth, some of whom participated in both the 2008 and 2012 missions, some of whom participated in one of the previous mission trips, and several first-time mission team members.
Let's meet the team and hear from them in their own words why they are participating in the 2015 Tanzania Mission:
Beth, mission team leader (previous 2008 and 2012 mission team leader)
My first trip to Tanzania in 1992 was motivated by sibling rivalry. I'd be the first one in my traveling family to get to Africa. I admit that back then, I was influenced by stereotypes of "the Dark Continent." I was wonderfully surprised as I discovered life-giving relationships in an amazing land that transformed my life. This experience resulted in another visit in 1999, three years as a volunteer teacher at the Maasai Girls School, and for 5 of the last 6 years, I've visited with church and college groups, as well as for my ongoing PhD research. We have much to learn from our Tanzanian brothers and sisters in Christ, especially the belonging that results from inter-dependent community. In our individualistic West, we say, "I think, therefore I am." In Africa, they say, "I am, because I am known." What a gift to share in being known!
Anya, youth, mission team member (previous 2008 and 2012 mission team member)
Matt, mission and leadership team member (previous 2012 mission team member)
I’m heading back to Tanzania to continue the mission that I started in 2012. Experiencing the Holy Spirit working through me and the mission team was incredible the first trip that I went on and is something that I feel drawn to do again for both me and my family. I know that God will continue to guide us on this journey and I know I am blessed because of this.
Andrea, mission team member (previous 2012 mission team member)
Our last trip to Tanzania was a wonderful, life changing, almost indescribable, experience. You probably just realize the value of it when you start talking and knowing the people there. Their stories, fears and dreams fill your heart. You are able to see God everywhere, from the eyes of the kids staring at you to the beautiful land of the country. We create so many relationships that you can't just ignore it when you come back. You want these relationships to continue and they do continue through letters, pictures and sometimes emails.
With all the donations we received on 2012, we were able to make some of their dreams become real, but we also gave them hope with our prayers, words, gestures, knowledge and most of all reassuring them that we care about them. Their lives are precious and they can conquer their dreams. I'm so looking forward to see all of them again and to be part of transforming their lives and seeing them conquering their dreams day by day.
" I may not recognize God's hand each day, but I know it's here" - Paulo Coelho
Erik, youth, mission team member (previous 2012 mission team member)
Kyle, youth, mission team member (previous 2012 mission team member)
Kristine, youth, mission team member (previous 2012 mission team member)
Ann, mission and leadership team member (previous 2008 and 2012 mission team member)
Julie, leadership team member (previous 2012 mission team member)
I participated in the 2012 Tanzania Mission and was at the MGLSS with my granddaughter. It was a wonderful experience—building relationships, and learning from each other. The experience at the school and interactions with the girls were amazing. It is hard to put into words what I felt as we worked with the girls. I must say I was a little intimidated at the responsibility of leading conversations and Bible studies, but I plowed ahead as if I knew what I was doing. I grew and stretched with the experience. The conversation groups were fun, and the Bible studies went well. The girls were warm and amazing, and I will never forget them. I continue to pray for them and think about them almost every day.
Judy, leadership team member (previous 2008 and 2012 mission team member)
I serve on the mission leadership team. I have traveled to Tanzania twice with Cross of Christ. Having the opportunity to witness the faith of our mission partners in Tanzania at the Girls School, the Arash Clinic (and other medical facilities), and the remote Lutheran churches of Northern Tanzania was both humbling and inspiring. I have never experienced such hospitality. Each day I saw the Holy Spirit at work in God’s people and it was a blessing to experience the vitality of God’s church in Tanzania. My first trip in 2008 was with my daughter Katie, I returned in 2012 with my son Alex and husband Mike. We currently help to support a young man named Tumaini through teacher’s college, the name Tumaini means hope in Kiswahili. I will not be traveling with the team in 2015 but hope to return to Tanzania one day.
Helmut, mission and leadership team member (previous 2008 and 2012 mission team member)
Guin, youth, mission team member
Cheryl, mission team member (previous 2008 mission team member)
Emily, mission team member (previous 2008 mission team member)
Luciana, mission team member
I'm very excited to join this team and help a little bit in their amazing project!
Elise, mission team member
My son, Alex, and I are going with open hearts and minds, and strong backs and hands to help however we can. We are excited to see the Word and Spirit in new ways.
Alex, youth, mission team member
Barb, mission team member
I've heard such wonderful stories from friends who participated in both the 2008 and 2012 missions about the Tanzanian people, their hospitality, and Tanzania itself, and the impact my friends had with the various mission projects. What a wonderful project!
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