We have a saying in DML: Dream big, start small, go deep. Dreaming is easy and fun. Starting is often difficult and overwhelming. Going deep is challenging because it requires time and often intense relationships.
|Pastor Anthony leading Bible study|
in their church
Let me share just a couple of these stories:
- Aleema is a Muslim woman with AIDS. She became a Muslim when she married her husband. He passed away from AIDS not too long ago. Aleema has now become a Christian and has learned from Leticiah how to make liquid soap and doormats. For the first time in her life, she now owns a phone and is able to pay her own health insurance. Her children are amazed that they no longer need to send money to take care of Mom!
Doormats made from recycled materials, saying "Welcome"
- Danah was a Muslim and married to a Muslim man. Both are HIV positive. Her husband is a habitual offender and has served a total of 26 years in five different sentences for armed robbery. Even while he was in prison, he continued to do illegal business. In going through the counseling with Pastor Anthony and Leticiah, Ahmed first discovered with great surprise that Christians are loving. Then he learned, with his wife, to do business. They are now doing rabbits, ducks, chickens, and shoemaking. He is also doing something with cockroaches - extracting the milk for something but I was shuddering too much to understand what! He comes early to the church (this group meets at the church four times per week) and sweeps, mops, and cleans the place voluntarily. He is successful and people are trusting him for the first time in his life. His wife has given her life to Christ but Ahmed has not yet. We can pray for him!
Pastor Anthony and Leticiah have also started three savings and loan groups in their community, where the people save, lend money to themselves as a group, and receive any interest paid as dividends. They can't seem to open enough of these before they are full and needing to start another one. One woman, doing business now because of this program, has saved $450 and has bought a plot of land. She is amazed by this!
|Pastor Anthony translating into Swahili for Dr. Walker|
God is moving among His people and we give thanks!
We are now in Kenya which is a little more shut down because of COVID, but we look forward to seeing what God is doing here!
|The DML Tanzania Team|