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Mid-November 2017 Report

Mid-November 2017 Report

Farming

We are sorry you are receiving this report late. Due to power issues (and a dead computer battery) we are just now getting to send out our mid-November report. We have a lot to be thankful for this month and a lot to share.

The Mt. Juliet COC in Tennessee and the Central COC in Augusta, Georgia have been working in the Arusha area this month. While their main focus is evangelism the Central church took a few days to help us on the farm. Many of you know Anna’s sister, Samantha, what you may not know is that Samantha’s husband, Joe, owns a nursery in Augusta. We were able to use him and his talents this month. As a result of hard work and extreme generosity 200 fruit trees were planted on the farm this month! The trees include: mango, papaya, fig, apple custard, cooking bananas, small sweet bananas, and red bananas! Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude to everyone who made this possible.

Evangelism

Mt. Juliet and Central came to work with the Arusha COC here in Arusha, Tanzania. The locals have been setting up bible studies for weeks prior to their arrival. In two weeks time hundreds of Bible studies were conducted. As a result we have 52 new brothers and sisters in Christ. We were grateful to be able to work with these two churches from America. Anna and I conducted follow-up studies with the new converts throughout the last two weeks to try and encourage our new brothers and sisters. This is only the beginning for these new Christians so please keep them in your prayers.

We have two new women at our home congregation of Kisongo who have stepped up and asked to help teach the children. This is a huge step for spiritual growth. We currently have two wonderful teachers but one is pregnant and the other hasn’t had a break from teaching in a year! We are so excited that these women are stepping out of their comfort zone to help their local church.

The men at the Kisongo church met recently about their goals for 2018. We are so proud of them for their love and faithfulness to God and His word and for looking for more ways to serve God better. Please be praying for them as they try and live out the biblical model.

We have more guests arriving soon. We are praying for their safe arrival and that the Kingdom of God is glorified.

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Mid-September Mission Report

Mid-September Mission Report

Horton Chapel Church of Christ

Mid September Maynard Mission Report

Farming

This month we have started 17 new beds. Eight of these beds have been planted with potatoes. If you remember when we first moved here potatoes did not do well. We are hoping with better soil after two years of composting we will have a better crop. Nine of these new beds have been planted with onions, carrots, peppers, and eggplant. On top of the 17 beds we have planted 5 beds of mchaichai (lemongrass) which will provide the school with free tea for tea time every day.

Thanks to all of you and your donations we were able to purchase a small machine to chop up the leftover corn stalks. The machine is working well and we have more than enough food stored to feed our cows through the dry season. The chopped corn stalks will be mixed with molasses and water. This year, because we can chop the stalks, there will be much less waste and we are grateful.

Evangelism

Anna continues to work at the local school on Friday’s and to show the kind of impact this could have we wanted to share with all of you what happened this month. Anna teaches the younger children (think 5-6 grade) and a good friend, Kashumba, teaches the upper levels (7-8 grade). Two of the kids from Kashumba’s upper level class asked to be baptized this month! This was an unexpected surprise for all of us and reinforces why we are working in our local school.

While Anna has continued her women’s class at Kisongo and weekly Bible studies I have had to take a break. At the end of last month I had a seizure while driving the tractor. It is thanks to Agustine that the situation was not worse but I was beat up after falling on concrete. This was my third seizure this year. Anna and I have spent a lot of time having tests run this month and seeing a good European Neurologist two hours away. I have been diagnosed with epilepsy. I am now on medicine, and while it has many side effects, thanks to friends who suggested some essential oils, I am now managing the side effects easily. This has changed our daily life drastically. I cannot drive for the next 3-6 months, I am having to stay stress free, and rest a lot. We ask that you keep my health and both of our sanity in your prayers. We are thankful for good doctors and to be doing so well given the circumstances.

Furlough

We are planning our furlough now and would like to share the dates with you. We plan to fly out of Tanzania on December 17th and spend the holidays with our family. Our plan is to report throughout the month of January. Please contact us if you would like us to come to you and report. These are the dates we will be available:

Wednesday January 3rd

Sunday AM January 7th

Sunday PM January 7th

Wednesday January 10th

Sunday AM January 14th

Sunday PM January 14th

Wednesday January 17th

Sunday AM January 21st

Sunday PM January 21st

Wednesday January 24th

Sunday AM January 28th

Sunday PM January 28th

Wednesday January 31st

If you could contact us with a couple of dates we will make sure we come and visit and report to all of you. Thank you all for your continued support.

Mid-August 2017 Report

Mid-August 2017 Report

Mid-August Maynard Mission Report

Horton Chapel Church of Christ

Farming:

The students have arrived back at ACSOP this month! The farm is once again providing for them and the employees 3 times a day. We have begun shucking the corn. This is a long process since it is done by hand. We are two weeks in and only half-way through the corn. On Saturday all of the ACSOP students came out to help us shuck the corn. We hope to have an exact number for all of you at our end of month report. 

We received a wonderful surprise from Central Church of Christ in Augusta, Georgia this month. Thanks to their love and generosity and want to support the work here we now have a new trailer and sheller! The trailer already has been a big help bringing the corn in from the field.  Before, we did this with wheel barrels and carried sacks on our backs. This has helped the process speed up this week. Hopefully next week we will be finished bringing in the corn and can try out the sheller.    

Evangelism:

I am wrapping up the book of Ephesians in our adult class at Kisongo. It took almost a month to go through chapter 5 because they had so many questions on the family. Based on the questions and the discussions after class this was a much needed topic for the church. Anna continues to teach the women at Kisongo and they have begun the book of Proverbs. 

This month our children’s seminar was held at the Lerai Kanisa la Kristo. We have finally reached the point of visiting all the congregations within two hours, once. This was our second time at Lerai. We previously visited in Feb of 2016. The great part about this is we can follow-up with the congregations, provide encouragement, and give lessons on maturity needs within the congregation.

Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement.

Mid-July 2017 Report

Mid-July 2017 Report

Mid-July 2017 Maynard Mission Report

Horton Chapel Church of Christ

Farming:

July has proved to be a busy month for the farm. As you saw in our last report, we are preparing for the ACSOP students to come back in a month. My brother, Jacob, and I spent more than a week rebuilding beds and planting greens for the coming semester.

For the last two weeks I have had the help on my brother-in-law, Jeremy Sentell. In preparation for the 700 new layers we built 96 more laying boxes to fill up the walls of the chicken house. We have also cleared three acres of corn. This has to be cut down by hand and stacked. The corn will be removed and bagged and ground to a fine powder as the school needs it for ugali. The stalks will be used as silage for the milk cows.

We have had a lot of visitors to the farm this month. A man from Karatu (2 hours away) heard of the success of our farm and came to visit and learn our techniques. We also had a couple come and look at our cows to learn what they needed to look for in a milk cow for a local orphanage. This is what this work is all about – teaching and serving others. We had a special treat at the end of the week when the “older kids” at the Neema Village orphanage in Arusha came to the farm for a field trip. The kids were able to milk a cow and gather eggs! It was a fun day for everyone and Anna and her sister, Lee, helped the kids put together a cow craft at the end of the tour.   

Evangelism:

We travelled out to Moshi for a children’s seminar at the beginning of this month. It was great to be able to take my brother to see this aspect of our work. Anna and Haley Norman taught the children while Jacob and I had a class of more than 30 teens to adults wanting to dig deeper into God’s word.

Currently, we are feeling like we need more hours in our day to get everything we need to accomplish completed. We are all still going to the Meru area at least once a week to follow-up with studies from the campaigns in June. Anna and her sister, Lee, are also going to Bible studies in the Kisongo area (where we live). 

Last week Anna and Lee put together a fun VBS for the kids at Kisongo Kanisa la Kristo. Thank you to Tiffany Gaines for the material you sent in May! The theme was “Faith In Action” and each night they explored new Bible stories of faith and how the characters showed their faith! This VBS topped out with 111 kids!

Anna has started back teaching Bible at the local public school here in Kisongo on Friday’s. They were on break for a month but are now back. They have finished Genesis and Exodus and Friday Anna summed up Leviticus and began the book of Numbers. She enjoyed being able to take her sister, a public school teacher in the States, to this work.

There is a team from Northport Church of Christ in Tuscaloosa working in the Mto wa Mbu area currently. We have not been able to visit them much due to our schedule but we have heard wonderful reports from their work. We are grateful to have Northport working here for the Kingdom.

Until all have heard.

 

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.