Tanzania Action Committee
October was Tanzania month at Rockland Church. Updates on our church’s mission outreach to Tanzania was provided to the congregation at worship services on October 20 and 27. Members of the Tanzania Action Committee (TAC) provided more information in the Fellowship Hall concerning current needs of the committee.
Rockland Church supports at risk girls in secondary Christian schools (Form I through IV) who would not be able to attend school without the financial support of generous sponsors from our church. In addition, students who have completed secondary school and have tested high enough to continue their education at university or vocational schools receive support through the Pathways program. Sponsors of these students not only contribute financially but also communicate through letter writing and prayer. Some sponsors travel to Arusha with the Rockland mission trip team and meet their sponsored student in person. This month TAC sought to find sponsors for five new Form I secondary students, which was achieved following the worship service update on October 20th.
Rockland also supports the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Arusha Lutheran Medical Center. Donations were taken during October to support life-saving care for premature infants. TAC also embraced Rockland’s mission of “connecting all generations to Jesus” by visiting the high school and middle school youth groups to share what their church does in Tanzania. Students were encouraged to ask questions and pray for our ministry partners in Arusha, and many students wrote letters of encouragement to mothers of babies in the NICU.
A party was held on October 27th at Mt. Vernon Country Club to thank past, present, and future interested supporters of Rockland’s Tanzania mission outreach. The highlight was a visit by Patrick Ngala Olemong’i, Rockland’s representative in Arusha. Patrick was visiting Colorado for the first time and was hosted by several members of TAC. It was great to share our area with our faithful brother in Christ.
Those interested in supporting Rockland’s Tanzania outreach may inquire about going on the next mission trip to Arusha, scheduled for July 2020. In addition, our committee is always looking for new members!