Singida: An answer to prayer

It’s almost time to sleep as I sit here on my bed tonight—enclosed in a mosquito net—listening to the sound of chirping crickets, barking dogs, and music playing outside my window.

This is Singida, Tanzania.
Home to a very beautiful people and an unhurried way of life.

Pastor Paulo and his wife Janet have welcomed us into their church family, Greater Grace, with open arms. They are honestly some of the most loving people I have ever met. They love Jesus with all that they are, and their heart for their church and the surrounding community is honestly overwhelming and quite exhausting to think about.

Because that’s what LOVE is.
It is ALWAYS at work.
Loving.
Showing.
Doing.
Serving.
Constantly.

They are the most gracious hosts.
Women from their church cook for us every day.
They are lovely people and I love to laugh with them. We’ve made friends with their children, who we get to play with and chase around and love on all day long, every day.

Men from their church guard us at night and walk us home in the evenings.
They watch over us, making sure we’re okay. They’re incredibly protective.

Despite Africa’s initial rough effect on our bodies (i.e. we’ve all gotten sick in some form or fashion), it’s one of my favorite months so far.

The Lord has provided us with an incredible opportunity: to help Pastor Paulo and Janet start a sponsorship program for the children in the very poor community that surrounds their church. Most of the people who live in this area of Singida (surrounding Greater Grace Church) come from Muslim backgrounds. Many of the children we play with every day are raised in Muslim families.

This sponsorship program began as a stirring in Pastor Paulo and Janet’s heart nearly 10 years ago. It all started when Janet’s sister died of HIV/AIDS and left her 2 children orphaned. They have since raised their niece and nephew as their own, and have been praying every day since that time for a way to help the people step out of the poverty and the hurt they live in daily.

It’s hard to believe that we,
just a few girls from America,
can actually be an answer to a man’s prayer,
all the way in Africa.

While we’ve spent many of our days here playing with the children and our nights either helping out at a crusade or spending time pouring into each other—the other part of our time during the day is spent at the internet café, working to create a sponsorship website for Greater Grace Foundation, the pastor’s dream that is now beginning to come to life.

Our first few days in Singida were spent sitting with a translator and child after child as we jotted down their names, family situation, and heard their stories. Many of these kids have nothing. Many of their parents died or abandoned them, leaving them with other family members. Many of them live with their grandparents or aunts and uncles, and most of these don’t even make enough for a living to support their own families.

It’s an incredible opportunity to be a part of this.
It’s the beginning of something big in Singida, and I can’t wait to see what comes from this.

When the website is ready, I’ll post the link for you all to take a look.

Please keep the precious people of Singida in your prayers, and please pray that the community surrounding Greater Grace church would come to know Jesus. The Lord is at work in this city. There’s a lot of work still to be done here, but it’s the beginning of amazing things.

Praise God from Whom ALL blessings flow! 🙂

<3,
Jess

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