2019 UHURU Women Leader’s PowWow, Mwanza TanzaniaOur women’s leadership conference took place at the home of Glen & Denise Ellerbe, founders of Abide International Ministries. The first week we hosted 50 women leaders who gathered for a time of singing, teaching, crafting, fellowship and discipleship. Pictured here the women are working on their Freedom Discipleship Books.
We were also invited to teach at an annual women’s conference that is held at one of the local churches. The pastor of the church is a Bishop over 62 pastors and hosts an annual women’s conference. Denise, Beverly and I were invited to teach, minister and share our PowWow books with over 100 women who attended along with about 20-30 children. They would then be able to go back to their respective churches and communities and share what they learned.
At the end of both weeks the women washed each others feet and prayed for one another. It was a sweet time of ministry for all of us!
“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash each other’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” John 13:13-17
This was especially impactful to these women as many began to weep and release burdens as their Christian sister prayed over and washed their feet.
Every single one of these women work very hard from before sun up until late in the evening. It was a reminder to us all how Jesus, even though he was about to endure a terrible death spent his last evening washing his disciples feet. In spite of our own personal hardships and trials, supporting and loving one another is key to teaching others about Jesus’ love and sacrifice.
The women came out to greet us when we arrived and were singing, dancing and we took part in the celebration doing the same!
Greetings and Goodbyes are very important in the Tanzanian communities. So is singing and dancing. We had a wonderful time of both.
We spoke at and visited several churches on our trip. Two were in a village outside of town. Below is Pastor Susan, one of the pastors of a village church. She attended our leadership PowWow. Although her church is primitive she and her members worship and praise God with so much joy!
Below is a village about two hours outside of Mwanza. The pastor is Pastor John. Many came out to hear us teach on a Friday afternoon and 15-20 villagers gave their lives to the Lord for the first time!
Pastor John’s church was the first tabernacle Abide International Ministries helped to build. A cobra dropped down from one of the rafters as Missionary Glen Ellerbe was holding up the last roof beam! By helping the pastors put up a church building it gives the people somewhere to come in out of the weather as well as help to establish credibility within the villages. Many of them have mosques nearby. Glen and Denise have a burden to distribute Bibles, build tabernacles for new pastors, as well as to disciple and train the men and women leaders God is raising up while there is an open door into this country.
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.Matthew 7:24
These huge rock formations were all over Mwanza. The scenery is amazing, a supernatural wonder and a place where God is doing amazing things in the earth and people of Tanzania.
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