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East White Oak is going to Tanzania!

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Twelve of your fellow Oakies are travelling to Tanzania in response to a request for teacher training from Micah Ngussa and in response to a call to serve from the Lord.

We will be serving in three distinct areas. The first will be Tanzania Children’s Rescue Center (TCRC). The TCRC orphanage was established in 1997 with the primary focus on orphaned boys and has since expanded to serve boys and girls, with both a primary and secondary school operating on the campus. The school also serves the surrounding community and currently has 230 elementary students and 120 secondary students.

Our goal for the schools at TCRC is to first and foremost introduce the children to a relationship with Jesus Christ and to encourage the staff and teachers in their Christian walk. Our team will be leading an Education Conference for the TCRC teachers and for teachers from other local schools. These four days of after- school meetings will be a wonderful opportunity to train teachers in lesson planning, classroom management, content area resources, etc., all from a Christian worldview. Along with these sessions, we will be visiting classrooms, planning after-school activities for the 130 residential students, helping with maintenance projects at the school, and more.

The team will also be working at the Yordan School, located in a small village near Nassa Theological College. The Oak has been involved with this site for roughly 15 years and donated toward getting a church built to reach out to the community. We will be conducting similar activities here as we did at TCRC.

Another area of ministry will be at Mavuno Village where they are starting a school this year. We will help as we can with that planning and will learn about village life, agriculture, and sustainability. We will also visit Nassa Theological College while in the area.

The Oak has such a heart for missions and all of us are overwhelmed by the prayer and financial support we are receiving. We heartily and humbly thank you and will do our best to represent our church and, more importantly, our Lord on the ground in Africa. We are so excited about this opportunity and are so thankful that God has created this team!

For some on our trip, this will be their first time flying! For some, this will be their first Missions trip! What a way to begin. We will leave on July 19 and return on August 5, with about two days of travel on each end. We are looking for disposable luggage (preferably with wheels) that will likely stay in Tanzania, so please let us know if you have any that we could take off your hands.

Some items for prayer:
1. That we all rely on God—daily and for the trip.
2. Clarity as we plan for the trip and flexibility when in Tanzania.
3. Good health before, during, and after.
4. Handling all of the demands of and changes in planning with grace.
5. That all we say and do will bring glory to God! This is why we are going.

Asante sana (thank you in Swahili) for joining us on this journey! May God bless the country of Tanzania.

--Deb Van Hoorn

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