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The Village Connection
“It takes a village to reach a village!” This statement, coined by our digital content coordinator, Jess Gregory, comes to life as ABH staff members and authors plant their feet on Tanzanian soil once again.
Now is the time of connection, the time when our sending “village” touches villages on Kome Island, and later the village of widows in the city of Mwanza. ABH co-founders and authors, Howard and Fran Joslin, join staff member Jess Gregory and author Tom Golding on this 2018 trip, the apex of our ABH ministry year.
Let’s look back. Excitement reigned as we watched you, our local village, participate in giving and praying through our 2017 Christmas campaign. Donations for printing and production costs arrived in a snow shower of envelopes, encouraging us as we worked our way through new manuscripts.
Our office villagers worked tirelessly. When God and Culture Clash and a bite-sized version (with additions) of Widowed: When Death Sucks the Life out of You turned from raw manuscripts to published materials with the help of our volunteer villagers. These nuggets of truth now make up pounds of luggage traveling to Tanzania.
Throughout the winter and spring our sending village continued giving and praying as travel funds poured in. Plane tickets became possible and preparations heightened for a second pastors’ conference on Kome Island, as well as a second widows’ conference in Mwanza.
And here we now stand. Prayer villagers reinforce our ABH travelers who lead Kome Island pastors, wives, and church leaders through the book of Ephesians. The goals?
- To quicken hearts to beat for Christ alone in a world where culture desires to stamp him out.
- To train pastors, their wives, and lay leaders to teach scripture.
Jess moves quietly in the background, gathering photographs and stories of God’s work through ABH bite-sized books. In this way, a greater understanding and connection with receiving villages will return home to us, helping us prepare further resources!
Village to village evangelism and discipleship flows for a week as our group joins with e3 Partners, working alongside and continuing training with local pastors.
A special ending follows as Howard and Fran lead the widows’ conference in Mwanza. Fran, author of Widowed: When Death Sucks the Life out of You, and her book translator, Colleta, pass out this bite-sized resource side by side. We pray God will comfort and encourage the widows: hurting men and women, often forgotten in their cultural setting.
It’s all happening now (May 30-June 16). Can you sense the anticipation? One village touching another? Hands joining from here to there as books leave boxes and enter the hearts God prepared? Don’t you look forward to the day when all villages join to worship our Lord in heaven? Let’s continue on.
It takes a village to reach a village—one gift, one prayer, one book at a time!
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