Thursday, February 15, 2007
Our Host: Musa Mitekaro
Before we get too far into this blog we need to introduce you to Pastor Musa Mitekaro. He's the individual who set everything up and invited us to see his beautiful country. Musa is one of Mama's kids. He was 14 when he came to her home. She saw great promise in him . . . by the time he was 16 years old he was preaching the gospel and winning souls for Jesus. We're going to ask him how many . . . he probably won't be able to answer that question!
Musa has a bachelors degree, and his masters which was earned in Germany. He is a Seventh-day Adventist pastor of 20 churches with 15,000 members, and he teaches college at Tanzania Adventist University in Arusha. He has 24 laypeople working with him in ministry. People in the United States help with their salary of $40 each per month. Yes, you read that right! Many of them will receive the DVD players and the New Beginnings Bible Study lessons.
Right now Musa is arranging the photo copy and assembly of 25 lessons of 25 pages each, along with translating another 30 pages. All this material will be given to each of the 300 taking our training.
Earlier this year Musa visited us in Chicago. Don't believe he had ever seen anything quite like this Rolls Royce limo.
At the annual meeting of Adventist-Laymen's Services and Industries (ASI) in Dallas, Texas, we had a booth on the work in Tanzania. Musa met Mark Finley, former director and speaker for the It is Written ministry. It was at ASI that we learned officers would be training laypeople in the use of DVD players and New Beginnings Bible lessons all over the world.