"Pray without ceasing"
"Call unto me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not."
For those of you who are dual supporters of us and the Wyatt family, then you would have received a Christmas card from them with their family standing next to a group of Maasai warriors. This picture opened up an opportunity for the Gospel. Eighty-three Maasai warriors, who are very devout to their tribal religion, have received Christ, and many attend church every Sunday. Pastor Wyatt was able to start a weekly Bible study with a group of them. I have had the privilege to fill in for Pastor Wyatt on two separate occasions and teach the Bible study. These men have been employed to guard the construction of a new rail line that is being built, and they rotate shifts often. Due to this, it is common to have new attendees every week.
A faithful church member asked Pastor Wyatt if there was an opportunity for some of the church members to learn some basic English phrases. Our church members enjoy having so many visitors, but there is a language barrier. I was tasked with teaching English to a group of 20 to 30 people. It’s been a great joy to hear our members welcome our visitors in the English language and likewise for our visitors to speak Swahili.
There has been some growth within our Swahili teen class, and several of the young men have had opportunities to teach lessons. It is encouraging to see God speaking through the next generation.
On Sunday, June 4, Kellie and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. Landon hung out with the Wyatts the following day, and we had lunch at a new restaurant and then went home an enjoyed a quiet evening together.
The church held some special days and promotions in June. We started off with a promotion for our deaf community. We have 10 or 15 deaf Tanzanians attending church every week. One of our young men actually learned Swahili sign language and now helps interpret the messages regularly. Nasero has really grown in his faith over these last two years. He used to be a boy just selling shopping bags at the market. Then he started interpreting Bible lessons from English into Swahili for me at my Bible Club two years ago, and now he’s interpreting for the deaf!
I concluded my piano lessons for the spring semester with a recital. We had a potluck dinner, a lot of cakes, and some great songs played by the students. The parents don’t typically show up to these kinds of events, but every seat was full that night! Pastor Wyatt even presented the Gospel at the end. It was a great way to end the semester!
Pastor Wyatt and I had the opportunity to reach out to a minority group here in Tanzania. We partnered with the local hospital and donated over 100 Bibles, sunscreen, and hats to the albino community.
For Father’s Day, we held a special men’s day with games and meat kabobs, and the Gospel was presented, with several saved. The following Sunday, all fathers in attendance at church got their shoes shined by some young men and were gifted with shoe-shining kits.
At the end of the school year, we held activities for our English-speaking teens and a combined summer party for Kellie and Mrs. Rachel’s classes. During the school year, we average over 90 kids weekly. Like any ministry, our attendance drops during the school breaks, but we are still averaging over 50 kids each week.
Last fall, I started overseeing a major construction project in our backyard. My dad, who makes frequent visits here, wanted to build a tiny house. I assembled a team of men together, and the tiny-house project was started. The house was completed recently, and my dad has opened up his house to small families or interns to stay in while they are here. The young couple from Iowa that is covering our ministries during our furlough is living in the guest house while we are away.
The biggest event of the season was our Tanzanian Stadium Crusade. A group, which was organized by First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, flew in to help with this event. They helped organize and canvass for the crusade, as well as partake in various ministries while they were here. The day of the crusade, over 5,000 people showed up to watch the soccer match, and 838 of those in attendance accepted Christ as their Saviour! If your church is ever interested in a missions trip, this one is definitely worth experiencing firsthand! We'd love to help you organize a visit with us in the future.
It’s hard to pack every single event into just a few paragraphs, but boy has this been a busy and fruitful season! I’m tired just reliving it in this letter.
We are looking forward to being with many of you in the upcoming weeks! Pray for us as we fly out, spend some quality time with family and friends, and then start traveling again. We wish to update all of you adequately and give you a detailed summary of your investments.
Your fellow laborers in Christ,
-Montana and Kellie Morrow