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Tanzania Report

We are back from Africa!  The two weeks we were in Tanzania went by fast.  We were in one remote village for one week and then moved to another remote village for the next week.  Every day brought God stories.  Every day God did something to bless, encourage, love or heal.  It was awesome to see Him work.

Our team had 26 Americans and approximately the same number of Africans.  Our team of Americans ran a clinic and pastor’s conference and helped the Africans with the Jesus Film ministry and the kids ministry.   The Americans included 4 doctors and an American nurse.  The Africans included one doctor, many translators, and a few national pastors.   Several other Africans helped with camp logistics and security.   One praise was that our team worked very well together.   Everyone got along in a spirit of love and grace and communicated well.  As a result, much was accomplished for God’s glory!

Abby and Sunny

This was a great experience for Abby and Sunny.  Abby and Sunny helped in the clinic every day in both villages.  The doctors took the time to carefully explain and show Abby and Sunny how they were treating the patients.  On one occasion, the doctor was stitching up a patient with a machete wound on his arm.   It got to be too much for Sunny and she passed out.  The doctor was very gracious and said that she has seen many in training for their medical career pass out, including herself.  Both girls were very helpful in processing and treating patients.   They prayed over many patients as well as they interacted with them.  As a result, over 1,500 patients were treated! The girls will be sending out their own updates soon.

God Saves and Heals

I spoke in the pastor’s conference in each village, shared about Jesus and the assurance of salvation at the Jesus Film showings, prayed for villagers, and shared the Gospel several times to groups of people waiting to see the doctor.   These opportunities were tremendous privileges that produced positive responses.  But a highlight of my time in African was when people were healed of their sickness, including deafness!  During my many years in ministry, I have seen many people healed over time and many lives changed over time, but I had never personally witnessed an instantaneous, miraculous healing.  But it has never stopped me from praying for people and seeing God work.  But on this trip, God worked quickly.  For many of our days in Africa, an African and I prayed over those waiting in line for the clinic.   (While I had only one prayer partner at a time, over the two weeks, four different Africans were prayer partners, two from our team and one from each village.  God’s provision of those prayer partners are God stories for another time).

The prayer partner and I would go down the line at the clinic and individually pray for people and their concern.  Over the two weeks, I had the privilege of praying for about 300 people.   One day, the African prayer partner that God provided for that day and I prayed over a 12 year old girl who was partially deaf.   And she was healed!!  After testifying to her healing, she ran off without going into the clinic.  I asked the translator where she was going.  The translator said she was so excited she ran to tell someone.

The next day, a different African prayer partner and I started talking to a woman who did not respond.  Those sitting next to her said she was deaf.  My prayer partner tested it and went right up to her ear and said something loudly.  I thought it was rude, but it confirmed she was deaf.  So we prayed over the woman and she began to hear!  We started to celebrate when I asked my partner to ask her, “Can you hear a little or a lot?”  She said she could hear a little.  So I said, “Let’s pray again.”  We prayed over the woman again and God opened her ears even more!  My partner was just as shocked and excited as I was.  Just as he tested her deafness, he tested her hearing.  He would say something, confirmed she heard and backed away.  He repeated this process several times until he had backed away about five or six feet and confirmed she could hear him!  It was amazing!  We testified to God’s goodness.  At other times, we saw people get healed of other sicknesses.

Healing did not happen absent of His Word.  The Gospel was shared with everyone who came to the clinic, including those who were healed.   God’s healing was a testimony of His love and grace and power in the lives of those He touched.  Many placed their faith in Jesus; local pastors will continue to reach out to them.     Healing also did not happen absent of prayer.  Much prayer was put into this mission both before and during the trip.  We appreciate all those who prayed with us and for us!

My faith was bolstered by this trip.  Seeing God heal and change lives was a tremendous encouragement to me.  The girl’s lives too were changed by this trip.  They had new experiences that taught them much about loving and serving others.

We greatly appreciate all the love, prayers and support of this trip.  It was a trip that brought glory to God.

Love in Christ,

Scott

In the interest of preventing an even longer update, I’ll try to send or post shorter updates.  You can see post and photos on my Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009318010182.  The girls will be sending out their own updates soon.

Tanzania Thanks!

Thank you to those who have been a part of our mission to Tanzania through your support and prayers!

100% of the funds needed for the mission were provided.  We were healthy and had a great team.

And we experienced God’s Presence and Power in Tanzania.

God was with us!

Mission to Tanzania

Jesus Renews AND Sends

We have a heart to see others return to their own communities to share God’s love.  The Refuge would love to see many ethnic groups in America return to their home nations or communities as missionaries to their own people.  Our mission is  Families experiencing abundant life in a growing relationship with Jesus.  Our mission is important because having an abundant life in a growing relationship with Jesus precedes having the love and interest and commitment to reach out to our neighbor with His love.

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Abby and Sunny

We want God’s mission heart to be realized by those we love and serve.    God is working in the hearts of two very important young ladies in our lives.  Abby, 16 years old and in the 11th grade, has expressed interest in the medical profession, possibly as a medical missionary.   Recently at a missions conference, she spent a considerable amount of time talking with MedReach, an organization that does medical missions and outreach in Africa.   She learned that MedReach is leading a medical missions trip to Tanzania this summer.

Sunny is a young lady from South Sudan who we have mentored for the past eight years.   She fled with her family as a refugee to America when she was a young child.   Sunny, who is 17 years old and in the 10th grade, has also expressed interest in the medical field, including medical missions.

After much thought and prayer, God has opened the door for Abby, Sunny and Scott to join MedReach this summer.  

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The Assignment

The trip is June 4 – 19thWe will be on a team of 24 other medical professionals and adults (only three teens will be on this mission – Abby, Sunny and one other).   We will be involved in medical care / evangelism, hygiene education and kids and family ministry.  We will also be showing the Jesus Film.  We will be quite busy.

Your Important Role

Short-term mission trips change lives.  While it is uncertain how God will use this trip in Abby and Sunny’s lives, we do know that they will be changed forever.  We do know that God will use us in Tanzania.

Could you help through your prayers and support? 

Please pray as the Spirit leads.  Please pray for good health, financial provision, life changing conversations of faith, healing for the sick, renewal for hurting, team humility and unity…May His will be done.

We are funding this trip through The Refuge.  Donation information on the left sidebar of this website.  Please give as God leads and provides.

We are excited about how God will use this trip!  We appreciate your prayerful consideration to be a part of it.   We also will be busy with other ministries this summer.  We will keep up updated primarily through email.

Love in Christ,

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Family Focus – More than a Touch

Scott has been involved in running a summer camp for many years.   We had the same kids all summer for eight weeks.  We loved on the kids, counseled the kids and taught the kids.  The short-term impact was tremendous.  But after many years of doing camp, one inevitable thing happens when camp was over – the kids go home.   Some went back home to parents who were loving, caring and engaged.  Many went home to parents who were not.   And all the kids went home to a community with poverty, high crime, gang culture, under-supported teachers and schools.

After running summer camp and after-school tutoring for several years, we were still seeing kids down the road end up as teen mothers, in prison, in gangs, dropping out of school and in trouble.   The greatest impact we have had in our ministry is among those where we touched the lives of families or became like surrogate parents to kids.   Among the kids that we “adopted” several years ago, eight of them have professed Christ in the past two years!  They are all growing in their faith through Bible studies among their peers.  Yes, we still have parents who are not engaged in the kids’ lives, but it seems the kids are on a good path.  It has made us realize we need to focus more on families – and deeper with the kids.   Hence the need for a more family focused ministry where we help kids and their families in every area of their life, not just over the summer or for homework help.     Our mission is families experiencing abundant life in a growing relationship with Jesus.  This is why we do what we do.