Aug/ Sept 2020 Newsletter
We want to share with you about one of the individuals in Tanzania that we have had opportunity to work with and do a bit of mentoring with. Meet Pastor Isaac. He is the pastor of the church plant out at Maasaini which is the tribal area where one of the Masai tribes currently lives. When we first arrived in Tanzania Jonathan was given the opportunity to take a trip with Lewison, the husband of one of the other FI missionaries, a local Tanzanian and pastor. It was there that Jonathan meet Pastor Isaac. In Maasaini there is no electricity and during the dry season no water unless it is brought in. During the rainy seasons we are not able to travel out to the Masai as the water levels wash away the roads and flooding prevents any form of passage to them. The Maasai spend their days herding goats, sheep and some times cows. They have many traditions in both dress and every day life living. Pastor Isaac can speak both Swahili and Maasai. When we go out to speak with them we speak in English and some broken Swahili and Pastor Lewison translates the English into Swahili and then Pastor Isaac translates it into Maasai. The possibility of something getting lost in translation is very large and a continual reminder of why we continue to press on in learning Swahili. Despite being able to speak more than 2 languages Pastor Isaac however is not able to read and so in order to study the word of God he has one of the children who was privileged enough to go to school and can read Swahili to come to his house to read the word to him audibly. He has had no formal training but has a strong call of God in his life to lead and pastor his tribe and other Maasai tribes toward the Lord. While there we were able to put up a make shift church structure that consisted of some metal siding attached to old tree limbs that had long ago fallen to the ground and a tree at the center for shelter from the sun. What to us was a very make shift outline of a structure to them was an amazing and exciting location. We are eager to return to Tanzania to assist Pastor Isaac in mentoring the Maasai people and in any other way that we may be able to assist him in reaching those God called him to serve.
We receive the bill for the repartition flight that we took out of Tz back in late April. One of the children was mistakenly charged as an adult and so we are now in a review process awaiting for that change to be made. The current in altered bill is for just over $13,000. We praise God that though each of our ministry partners stepping up and helping we believe that we have enough to cover the cost once the child ticket is changed from being charged as an adult. It will, however, use all of the reserve that we had for unpredicted situations such as this. We are needing to raise the amount of our monthly support as well as return flight ticket of about $5,000 and residence permit costs of $4,000. We will begin promoting raising more partnerships on social media and by email here in the next little bit and see what God wants to do. If your church might be interested in having us in for a small group meetings or for a Sunday service to share about what God is doing in Tanzania please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are hoping to soon have our work permits finalized so that we can move to the final stage of having the residence permits processed. FI (our mission organization and covering) has been working hard with us and has found a way forward with the work permits and those have been submitted to be finalized. We are excited to return to Tanzania without this part of the process weighing so much on us while we are there.
About Jonathan & April Noah
Our vision is to Empower, Equip, Exhort, and Encourage the local people and ministries of Eastern Africa. So, as to become self-sustaining in order to further the kingdom of God, our heart is to see people be radically changed by the power of the gospel.