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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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End of March 2017 Report

End of March 2017 Report

March 2017 Maynard Mission Report Horton Chapel Church of Christ

Farming:

Our reports seem to have a common theme: prayer for rain. This report is much of the same. Instead of daily rain we are seeing rain about every 15 days and sweltering hot days in between.

We spent most of this week cleaning the beds and putting fertilizer down, by hand, on the 7 1/2 acres. Despite the lack of rain our crop is doing well, but we know for it to continue we need rain soon.

Evangelism:

We are happy to report two additions to the Lord’s Kingdom this month! In our last report we mentioned Stella whose husband was baptized. Stella chose to put the Lord on in baptism. Anna begins new convert studies with her this week.

In January we reported about the baptism of a lady named Julianna. We are happy to report that her husband became a member of the Lord’s church this month! Anna continues to do new convert studies with Julianna and her neighbor, Neema.

An opportunity arose at one of the local schools this month. Paulina asked Anna if she would go on Friday’s and teach Bible in one of the local public schools here. This is a great opportunity to be a light in the community. Paulina and Anna’s classroom is packed out every week. The kids have learned the book of Genesis and are now in the book of Exodus.

Our children’s seminar was in Kwa Morombo this month. We, along with the Storks family and Massawe family, conducted this monthly seminar. Around 60 children came and Anna, Susan, and Haley taught them two miracles of Jesus and his resurrection. I, along with the Storks men, and men from the church went out into the Kwa Morombo community to conduct Bible studies. One man chose to put the Lord on in baptism. The Kwa Morombo church is growing as a result of their devotion to the Lord.

As we mentioned in our last report, we have had Mike Hite, Eddie Parrish, and Tyler King with us for two weeks. Mike and Eddie taught short courses at ASCOP. Eddie and Tyler also conducted Bible studies in the Meru and Kisongo areas. We are thankful to have been able to host them while they were here. We are also grateful for the work they did to further the kingdom.

 

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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August 2016 Report

August 2016 Report

Maynard Mission Report August 2016
Horton Chapel Church of Christ

Farming:

This month we have been busy trying to finish up projects before we leave to head back to the States to raise funds. We were able to finish the cow stalls and move the cows into their
new home. We also integrated our new chickens in with our older ones, and if all goes well should have 500 chickens laying in a week or two.

Our corn crop has been harvested and bagged. We were able to get 25 bags of corn despite the lack of rain this year. The corn will be used to feed the school for an entire year. Most will be ground into a powder and cooked into Ugaili, one of the main foods in Africa. The rest will be used to make Macande, one of my personal favorite African Dishes which is beans and corn.

Evangelism:

Anna taught her last lesson, until we return from furlough, to the preacher’s wives class. Her lesson was on “Who are you in the Church?” They studied the end of Paul’s 2nd letter to Timothy and talked about different roles first century Christians had and what their roles in the Church are today.
This past Saturday we had our August children’s seminar in a rural village called Kingori. The Church building had no roof and was in the middle of a field. 20 children came and as many or more adults. Anna and Susan taught the children while the men split the adults up into groups. As a result, we have a new brother in Christ!

As most of you know, we return to the States August 26th to fundraise. We ask for your prayers for our journey home, and for the work here in Africa. Also, if anyone is interested in hearing a presentation on the work please email us and we would love to come and visit. themaynardsfarm@gmail.com

July 2016 Report

July 2016 Report

Maynard Mission Report July 2016
Horton Chapel Church of Christ

Farming:

We had hoped to be able to share pictures of the finished cow house with all of you. However, the government has currently shut down the forest and we cannot get the lumber we need for the stalls without paying an astronomical price. With that said, it is fully ready for the cows to move in with the exception of the stall dividers. We hope to get this finished before we return home on furlough. Also, our 500 egg layers are still growing and should start producing at the end of the month. We have been very busy on the farm gathering corn. We hope to be finished next week and will know how good of a harvest the Lord has blessed us with.
I have said in many reports now that we never know the influence we will have on those around us. This month that proved to be true, again, when the fundi (construction worker) on the cow house chose to be baptized after asking to study God’s Word with the shamba workers. We are thrilled to welcome our new brother.

Evangelism:

Brother Jimmy Gee’s campaign in the Kisongo area went well. We enjoyed meeting and fellowshipping with our brother who lived here for many years before us. Many Bible studies were set up and conducted in the time that he was here. I, along with the shamba workers, were able to take three days during the week and evangelize. All three of my days were spent with the same man, Peter, and later his wife, who were both baptized into the Lord’s Church. Anna spent the entire week, week after, and now starting a third week have Bible studies almost every morning and afternoon (with only a few exceptions). Jimmy also held an open air meeting every night that drew a large crowd. There are so many who are wanting and willing to study God’s word. Pray that their hearts are receptive to His word.

We conducted our children’s seminar this month in Manyire. It was a wonderful seminar. The area is very rural and yet around 50 children came. Anna taught the children about the Bible and Susan Storks taught creation. Todd, Wesley, Mason and I conducted several Bible studies and as a result two people chose to put the Lord on in Baptism. Anna was able to talk with the women of the Church that afternoon about teaching children, the importance of teaching children, and give them ideas to improve their teaching. Each children’s seminar amazes us at the willingness to learn of the people.
Anna and I had the opportunity to visit the Bonga Kanisa la Kristo. Ahimidiwe and Gasper Julius joined us for this trip and it was fantastic. I taught Bible class and Ahimi preached. The goal was to go encourage and visit with the students who are now enrolled in ACSOP ; as well as, encourage other members wanting to join the school in the future. This congregation has produced SEVEN preaching students. Yes, seven. Pray that they are able to grow and withstand the devil.

As many of you know our teammates, the Gaines Family, returned home after fulfilling their three year commitment this month. We are so sad to see them go but happy for their new journey in the States. We are also happy we were given the opportunity to work with them and pray our paths cross many more times in the future of the Lord’s work.
We will be returning to the States August 25th. We have many speaking engagements lined up but will be calling (once we are home) to line up more. If you are interested in hearing about our work send me (Justin) an e-mail – jamaynard13@gmail.com .
We shared with you at the beginning of the month about the birth of baby Justin. We included pictures of him below.

 

Mid July 2016 Report

Mid July 2016 Report

Maynard Mission Report Mid-July 2016
Horton Chapel Church of Christ

Farming:

We are happy to say everything except the stalls of the new cow house are finished. Hopefully next week the stalls will be put in.

We are preparing for the arrival of fall students. The old garden beds have been cleaned out, redug, and planted. New broilers have also arrived and are growing out.

Evangelism:

Brother Jimmy Gee arrived safely last night. Please keep the upcoming evangelism in the Kisongo area in your prayers. For those of you who do not know, we live in the Kisongo area and the farm is in Kisongo. Jimmy will be conducting an open-air meeting and we ask your prayers for open hearts and minds to the Lord’s Word.

Anna finished up the series she and Tiffany had been doing for the monthly preacher’s wives meetings. Next month, they will begin new topics led by the new missionary wife, Susan Storks. Pray for these studies and these women.

Also, thanks to all of you and your generosity Anna was able to organize a large resource room. All of you have donated more than 500 lbs worth of crafts and materials for children’s Bible classes and we have been blown away by your kindness.

Next Saturday, the 23rd, Lord willing we will be conducting our monthly children’s seminar. Please keep this work in your prayers. Last month we did not have a children’s seminar because of the campaigns and because Jane, the wife of Desdery, (the couple who help us conduct these seminars) had a baby! They have 3 precious girls Martina, Moureen, and Melissa and last month they added a BABY BOY to their family! We are so happy for them and cannot wait to share pictures. We were also happy to learn that the newest additions name is Justin! We think it is a good name. 🙂

Thank you all for your continued prayers and encouragement.