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End of June 2017

End of June 2017

End of June 2017 Maynard Mission Report

Horton Chapel Church of Christ

Farming:

This has been a great “test” month. We are sorry you did not receive a mid month report from us but this is one of our busiest times of year. With so many visitors here it is hard to balance the farm and evangelism and guests. However, the whole goal of all we do has been to turn this over to our guys. This month they have done a phenomenal job of keeping everything running with little effort from us. This week we have been cleaning the raised beds and getting them ready for replanting. The school starts back in a month so we are working to insure we have food when the students arrive. Also it was a good time to introduce our guest Philip Duncan and my brother Jacob Maynard to how the farming is done with African tools. They have been a great help getting the beds ready and then planted today. Our corn continues to dry and is doing well. Also our 700 new egg layers are doing great. 

Evangelism:

Campaign season has been in full swing and it has been a great month. We were blessed to start the season off with Gary Box and Robert Youngblood. We were then joined by a group  from Lehman Avenue and the Duncan family from Byron Church of Christ. By mid-June the Hoover church of Christ was here. It is great to have so many people from different places all working for a common goal.

Our efforts this year were focused in the Mt. Meru area at the congregation Desdery and Jane Massawe work with. The Lehman Avenue group provided us with fun VBS materials. Each night of VBS drew in more and more children. The number started at 50 and grew to 160 by the last night.

The numbers from this effort continue to be  seen. We are all in the process of doing follow-up studies and the number of baptisms from Mid-May to now has reached 30! We are thankful to have had so many laboring in Tanzania for the kingdom of God. The last Sunday the Meru congregation had around 200 people attending.  People were having to sit outside all around the building. It is great that the church of Christ is being seen as active in the community.

From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank everyone involved in the 2017 Meru campaign.

End of May 2017 Report

End of May 2017 Report

End of May Maynard Mission Report 2017

Horton Chapel Church of Christ

Farming:

The farm continues to do well. Our new 700 egg layer chickens are growing well. The cows and the new calfs are also doing great.  We are now waiting on the corn to finish drying to see what kind of a harvest we will reap.  The guys have all put in their guesses on how many bags we will get this year.  Last year we collected 25 bags this year the guesses range rom 50 to 80 bags so we will see.  The last few weeks we have not been able to personally do anything on the farm.  This time of the year our roles shift because of the campaign season. However the farm continues to run great.  This is a good test of what we are trying to do.  We want the guys to be able to run everything without us.  We have been working hard to reach this point, and have been blessed with great hardworking guys. We hate not being there, but are so excited to see the guys growing and being able to do everything without our help. We love this time of year getting to see everyone and all the bible studies, and it is great that we don’t have to worry about the guys on the farm, while we are out from morning till night doing bible studies.

Evangelism:

Campaign season has already kicked off and the blessings are immeasurable. Gary Box and Robert arrived and hit the ground running. They started off their trip going out to the Oltukai congregation they helped start in 2016. I had the privilege of traveling out with them one day. The congregation there meets in a large tree and it was a great experience. Gary and Robert spent time teaching and encouraging the current members but also 3 new Christians were added to the Lord’s church there.    

The last week all of us, along with Daniel and Abby Gaines and Andy Wright from Lehman Ave COC, have been evangelizing in the Mount Meru area. In every direction that we walk from the church people are wanting to study the Bible. In the last week 13 new Christians have been added to the Lord’s church in baptism. Jimmy Gee preached an open air meeting in the community Tuesday through Thursday on the one church and how to gain access to the true church of the Bible.   

The Duncan family from Byron COC in Georgia arrived this week. They are here not only to campaign but to learn more about the farm work that we do here. We are happy to have them and this opportunity.

Anna was able to spend the last two Saturdays studying with a friend’s neighbors. We are happy to have two new sisters who obeyed the Gospel in baptism. These women live near us and will be worshiping with us at the Kisongo congregation. We are looking forward to helping them on their walk in Christ.

Please keep our campaign efforts in your prayers. Please pray for everyone’s travel and safety as Gary and Robert leave Sunday, Jimmy leaves Monday, the Lehman Ave group leaves Thursday, and the Hoover group arrives Thursday.

Mid May 2017 Report

Mid May 2017 Report

Mid May 2017 Maynard Mission Report

Horton Chapel Church of Christ

Farming:

We have added 700 chicks this month! These will be added to our layer hens in about 5 months. The eggs our hens currently produce are sold quickly and the quality is being talked about around town. As a result we are able to sell all the eggs every day and people are constantly being told we are sold out.   

Our milk is sold quickly here, also. We have four girls that produce 50 liters a day ,and it is all sold immediately. In the next two breeding seasons our milk production should also double and we should be able to meet the growing demand, Lord willing.

The Lord has blessed us with adequate rain this year. The corn is doing great. All we are waiting on now is for the corn to dry so we can harvest. After clearing all the new land and with the tilling and planting we were able to do with the new tractor we should have double the harvest this year.

Evangelism:

We continue to work with the local congregation here in Kisongo. I am still teaching the book of Ephesians on Sunday morning. Anna is rotating teaching the women but it will be her turn again the next two Sundays.

Anna continues to work in the Meru area with Susan and Haley every Tuesday. This will be the focus of the campaigns this year and they are working with the pre, and eventually post, studies.  She also continues to do new convert studies on Wednesdays and Thursdays and is continuing to rotate teaching with Mama Kashumba at the local government school on Fridays. For the next few Saturdays Anna has been asked to study with some neighbors of our church members. Please keep these new studies in your prayer.

As many of you know the campaign season is about to begin. Our first guest arrived last week, three more arrive this Saturday, and the Gaines’ group comes in on the 25th. Many more will follow on the 31st and June 1st. Please keep all of these evangelism efforts in your prayers. We love the work here and are happy to be working with our brothers and sisters in the States to further the Kingdom here in Tanzania.

 

 

Growing Weary

Growing Weary

I sat there and listened.

The lesson was on hospitality, it was short, to the point and I thought class would end quickly. Instead, a mama to my left raised her hand.

“Swali” my translator said. She didn’t bother with the English translation. I knew the meaning. “Question.”

Questions at the end of class here are common but not amongst the women’s class. I was intrigued – it was a good and simple lesson, I wasn’t sure how there could be questions.

Then she started speaking. Before her question was even translated I understood. Tears filled my eyes, a stone hit my stomach, I silently prayed for grace and wisdom to answer this mama.

You see, her question was about Ephesians 6:9. This mama was weary of doing good and I could not blame her. She is poor, her neighbors are poor, and one neighbor in particular can’t feed their family. Every day, 3 times a day, this neighbor is knocking on her door for food. Was she responsible for her neighbor?

It was all I could do to swallow the lump in my throat. I have always had so much more than I needed. Even when Justin and I lived pay check to pay check barely scraping by we had enough. In small ways I could relate. Because I have lived a life where we had no excess but the American standard of poor doesn’t equate. I have given to my neighbor when I didn’t know if we would make it till our next pay check. But I didn’t have dirt floors. I had electricity. I had running water. I had a closet with more than a few outfits. I had a car (even if it had no a/c in an Alabama summer). I had enough. It is impossible to compare.

And so I looked at my sister in Christ. Her eyes were tired, a bright orange kanga was wrapped around her shoulders and head – to them it was a cold morning and they had walked miles through the rain and mud to church. I looked at the Bible, I looked at her, I looked at my translator – what did I say?

Every woman sitting in that room awaited my response. They knew cold, they knew hunger, and likely they were both as they sat in that classroom.

I drew a breath and began. I started by commending this mama for her love and kindness. I told her she was doing what was right by taking care of her neighbors. I told her it is hard – doing good. That is why this is written. The Apostles, Jesus, they knew we would grow weary of helping one another, especially when our lives are difficult themselves.

The mama nodded her head and then said, “With my children and parents I already feed 10 people. How many times am I responsible for my neighbor?”

My warm blood turned to ice in my veins and chill bumps ran down my arms. I know her children. One daughter in particular is near and dear to mine and my sister’s heart. She was in my sister’s Bible class at a youth camp we helped with. I worship with this family every week. I have been to their home. Honestly, I thought my heart might rip into pieces.

We talked a while more using only scripture.

But what I want to say is this – I have heard this same argument in America 1,000s of times but by people who have more than they need. By people who live in excess. People who have never known real hunger or cold. My blood used to boil, those of you who know me know how this topic angers me, and I would get so tired of telling others that they just need to give as the Bible says. Yet, the arguments would begin – if I give them money they may spend it on alcohol, drugs, etc. If I give they will become dependent. I already gave once – how many times am I to give? Or the one that really made me want to scream – they (other Americans) aren’t poor compared to others in the world.

My heart is beating out of my chest because just writing the arguments makes me angry. Jesus didn’t tell us give only under certain stipulations – He just told us to give. He told us to help. He told us to love. Stop making excuses, America. You have so much – why do you not love your neighbor enough to help?

Don’t take this story and want to help just here, in third world countries, take this story and look at your neighbor. Yes, the one in America.

Give friends. Give until it hurts. Love. Love until your heart feels it might explode from your chest. Then, give and love more.

Here is a woman in extreme poverty who has given until she is weary – what is your excuse?

Mid April 2017 Report

Mid April 2017 Report

Mid April 2017 Maynard Mission Report

Horton Chapel Church of Christ

Farming:

We welcomed our 4th and final calf for the 2017 calving season. To our delight, this calf is our fourth girl! Our milking herd has doubled in one calving season and we are thanking the One above. Included is a picture of our first calf of the season, Eve, grazing and our new calf resting. We are now collecting 50 liters of milk a day from our 4 milkers.

Thanks to the Lord, and your petitions to him on our behalf, we received heavy rains at the beginning of last week. They were steady for a few days. Our corn crop is growing very well. However, it is already beginning to dry here again. So, please continue to keep the rains in your prayers for the next month. We have seen the result of everyone’s prayers and are thankful.

Evangelism:

This month began with the monthly preacher’s wives meeting. Anna is still in the book of James and hopes to finish next month. More and more women are coming every month and we pray what they learn is beneficial to their spiritual growth.

Anna is also conducting new convert studies twice a week, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s, with Stella, Neema, and Juliana. They are studying the Life of Christ. Currently, they are in the sermon on the mount and have found the studies to be very encouraging.

Our children’s seminar for April will be held in Monduli on the 22nd. Please keep that in your prayers and we will share the seminar with you in our next report.

I will begin co-teaching with Ahimidiwe the book of Ephesians at the Kisongo Church of Christ. Anna is currently going through the book of Esther with the women at Kisongo for the month of April.

We are grateful to have had the opportunity to host Ralph and Cindy Williams this month. Ralph is here teaching a short course to the ACSOP first year English students.

Already we are gearing up for campaign season. May, June, and July are already filled with visitors coming to share the gospel of Christ with the lost and encourage the growing church here in Tanzania. We ask that you keep these visitors and the work in your prayers as we all work, together, to further the Kingdom of Christ.

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Mid February 2017 Report

Mid February 2017 Report

Mid February 2017 Maynard’s Mission Report

Horton Chapel Church of Christ

Farming:

This month we had our second calf born on the farm. We are happy to say it is another girl. Both she and Eve, born last month, are growing well. We are two for two with our new bull – healthy girls. We are still awaiting two more calves in the coming months.

Our personal goats, Moses and Zipporah, had twins this last week! We have a boy and a girl, Comet and Nanyori. The boy will be sold in a few weeks but the girl will remain with us. Her name comes from the Maasai and means “loved one”.

Today we finished planting around 7-71/2 acres with our new tractor. This is at least double what we were able to plant last year. It has been a guessing game for everyone in our area on when to plant. We pray, as do others, that we have not planted too early and the rains will begin. You may be tired of us asking, but please pray for rain and successful crops for everyone. We are offering up a huge praise – within hours of finishing planting rain has began. It is currently raining outside and we pray it continues. 

Evangelism:

We have a children’s seminar coming up this weekend. Please keep it in your prayers.

Anna and Susan have continued to follow-up with our new sisters in Christ that were baptized last month. We are happy to say Neema and Julianna are faithfully attending services and growing in Christ. Do keep Julianna in your prayers as she has been sick (typhoid) this week. This is a serious issue where we live due to unclean water.

They have also been following up with Sarah and Gladness who we reported last month were not allowed to attend services by their husbands. We are sorry to report that Sarah has left her husband and we do not have contact with her right now. Both of their husbands are drunkards and their lives are very difficult. They continue to visit and encourage Gladness every Thursday. We pray things change in her home. We are trying to get Bible studies set up with the husbands but at the moment they are not interested. The picture to the left we have included before. The two women in the middle are Gladness and Sarah. This was just after their baptisms.

Anna started a new study today with a lady named Stella. They will meet again on Monday, Lord willing. Let us keep this new study in our prayers.

Thank you for all of your prayers, encouragement, and love. We pray that the Kingdom continues to grow, not only here, but around the world.

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End of January 2017 Report

End of January 2017 Report

January 2017 Maynard’s Mission Report
Horton Chapel Church of Christ

Farming:

This month much has been done on the farm. All glory to God. In Tanzania what should take one day, usually takes a week, and this month we are sending our thanks up to God for all that has been accomplished. A lot of that is thanks to Anna’s father, Rodney Edwards, who has shown us how to prepare our fields for planting. Here, the ground has been overgrazed and has a hard pan on top. The locals use the wrong tool to till and as a result the ground is like cement. Rodney has helped us with ours and, honestly, the pictures say it all. The ground here typically floods and water is not absorbed into the ground. Yes, it is that hard. It floods many crops and is one of the reasons we do the raised beds. In the pictures below you can see the ground that we have not prepared to plant and how the water is standing. Then, look at the photo of the land that is ready to plant. The water has absorbed just like we need! Also, thanks to our new tractor and Rodney’s help we have around 6 acres ready to plant this year! We are thankful. Rodney has been showing all of us, but especially Agustine, how to use the tractor and all of the attachments. He has also taught everyone how to maintain the tractor for longevity.

As we have mentioned, we are very dry this year. The short rains did not come. This week we have received a good amount of rain and are rejoicing. Please pray that our long rains come at the end of Feb and our crop will be successful.

We are happy to report that Annie, one of the milk cows we added last year, had a healthy baby girl this week! Please remember Justin in your prayers as he has injured his ribs. While it is very painful, to make light of the injury, we gave the new calf the name Eve. Thank you Jay Galloway for the suggestion and lots of laughs.

I am also including some before and after dry photos of the land (before the rain) to show the huge difference the tractor and Rodney have made.

Evangelism:

This month Anna, Susan, and Anna’s mother, Ebeth, along with the local women hosted a women’s seminar for the Arusha Region at the Andrew Connelly School of Preaching. The theme was spiritual growth. Agness Kambarage gave an opening lesson on prayer and the impact it has on our family and our spiritual growth. Keeping with the theme, Ebeth gave a wonderful lesson, after tea time, on Bible study. After a wonderful lunch, Susan Storks gave a lesson on not letting your culture override your Christianity (a much needed lesson in any country). Anna ended the seminar with a lesson on community. She talked to the women about being an example to their neighbors, and about using one another (in the Church) to grow spiritually. Over 100 women were in attendance and they are already asking for more seminars. The church in Kenya has also requested a women’ s seminar for their local congregations in 2018.

Susan, Anna and Ebeth studied with many different women this month. Four were baptized. Two of the four are attending the Kisongo church with us. Please pray for the other two. The other two have been forbidden by their husbands to attend the Lord’s Church. One of the young ladies who was studying with this same group was moved away from Kisongo by her cousin because she wanted to be baptized. Please pray for these women. Anna, Paulina, and Fillness are going back later this week to encourage these women and continue studying.

Next month is planting season and more babies are due to be born on the farm. We are looking forward to sharing it all with y’all. Please keep Justin’s healing in your prayers. Also, please pray for our dear friends, Cy and Stephanie Stafford. Without them this work would not be possible. Cy has done so much for the Kingdom of God in Tanzania and all over the world. We know that all things are in His hands and we are praying for comfort and peace.

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Mid January 2017 Report

Mid January 2017 Report

Mid January 2017 Maynard’s Mission Report

Horton Chapel Church of Christ

Farming:

First, we want to thank everyone for their love, support, and hospitality over the last four months. I wish we could thank you each individually but there are too many people who made our coming back possible. We are thankful to be back in Tanzania doing what we love. Happily, we can report that the farm continued to do well in our absence. Many things have changed since we have come back. For starters, our chicken house now has automatic waterers. This is a big deal. With the high temps it was all Roderick could do to keep the chickens hydrated. Now, this is not a problem and Roderick is free to help in other areas on the farm once the chickens are fed.

We have a new John Deere tractor! This has already been a huge asset in the short time we have been back. Anna’s parents joined us for this month in Tanzania. Her father, who has been a farmer for the last 40 years, has been helping me teach our workers proper maintenance for this new addition, on top of how to use it, etc. With the tractor we have been able to get a lot more land ready to plant next month. Tanzania’s short rains did not come this year and as a result a food shortage is beginning. The long rains (which prayerfully begin at the end of next month) will be needed more than ever and thanks to this tractor we will be able to farm more land than we could last year.

In our end of Jan report we will share pictures of the before and after land pictures. Everything is looking great.

Evangelism:

As I mentioned, Anna’s parents are here for the month. While Anna’s dad and I have been busy on the farm, Anna and her mother have been evangelizing. They spoke at the Preacher’s Wives meeting the first Saturday in January and Anna was happy to be back with her friends here.

Anna, Ebeth, and Susan Storks, along with translator Paulina,  have been evangelizing in the Kisongo area. As a result, the Lord has added 2 new sisters to His Church. More studies are being conducted next week. Keep these in your prayers.

This weekend we, along with Anna’s parents, and the Stork family went to Usa River for our monthly children’s seminar. We had 80+ children come to hear about Jesus miracles and resurrection. Todd Storks studied with the adults and a new soul was added to the Lord’s Church.

We are thankful for this work, this team, and these wonderful people. Please keep this work in your prayers. Also, please remember Cy Stafford and his family in your prayers. We love them and this work dearly.

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