We live in Mwanza, Tanzania, serving with Emmanuel International helping local churches in physical and spiritual ministry.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Community Day for Anniversary Celebrations!

Last weekend, it was great to celebrate the first year of the new church building for Mwanza International Community Church! And how better to celebrate than to serve the local community! On Saturday, members of the church worked together in different practical ways. Men were busy clearing and improving the roads; this is no easy task on these dirt roads up the side of a steep hill, cut out of the bush and plagued with boulders! Others were involved in children's activities and teaching; and although for me it was pretty hot in the full sun running about, all the kids enjoyed wide games and a bouncy castle! A third group was running community healthcare. Dr Makori and other doctors from the church were welcoming members of the community to come for de-worming, family planning teaching, blood pressure and basic health checks as well as baby weigh-in and post-natal care. It was great to see the church reaching out in such practical ways to serve their community.
Louisa runs "homefree" in one of the wide games!

Bouncy Castle Fun!

Amisadai on mopping

Louisa on babysitting!
Sunday morning was a big Thanksgiving Service! This was followed by a huge Lunch and a Praise Concert. Women were hard at work in the hot sun on six or seven huge three-stone fires, cooking rice, pilau, beef, chicken, beans and cabbage for hundreds! My small contribution was to help with the biggest pot of beans I have ever cooked! Louisa ran back and forth with chopped vegetables and salt and the like. It was well worth all the hard work and everyone enjoyed the feast together! Thanksgiving all over again! A thanksgiving that bubbles over and touches everyone around.

Cooking the Sunday lunch

Eating Sunday lunch!

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