So often we can look back in time and see how clearly God has answered prayer but I praise Him for showing me how He is answering prayers right now from so many people and in so many languages.     

“May he Grant you your hearts desire and fulfill all your plans!      May we shout for joy over your salvation,     and in the name of our God set up our banners!      May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!     Now I know the Lord saves his anointed;     he will answer him from his holy heaven     with the saving might of his right hand.     Some trust in chariots and some in horses,     but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”                                                          Psalm 20:4-7     

The Christian parents that have been praying in their tribal tongue or Swahili for their children who are now our students. Our board members and myself who have been praying for our students to know Christ in a deeper way and for our Islam students to know Christ as their personal Savior. The faithful sponsors of students that consistently lift up their student in prayer. God has heard these prayers and is faithful.     

Now, God has given Next Life property of our own and I believe he will bless us with a facility that will welcome many more students to hear His name glorified and their lives changed. He is moving in marvelous ways in northern Tanzania and I am blessed to see it happen.     

We had such a sweet time of devotion at our site on Friday with Pastor Elia. There was much singing (and many can’t help dancing when they sing), scripture reading, praising God, preaching, praying and more singing. Even our Muslim students stayed and participated; the Holy Spirit is working! My heart was full despite the language barrier.     

Now, tomorrow I leave this beautiful, yet struggling place to head home to frozen Iowa. I’ll miss the sights, the sounds, and the smells…. and the warm weather. But mostly I’ll miss the people; our new students that don’t quite know what to think of this pale skinned lady, the few students I already knew and our staff. I’ve grown to love them all. We’ll stay connected through prayer; God will watch over them. And when God’s timing is right, I will return again.

God bless and hold my friends in Tanzania,    Patti

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