With universities and colleges in Tanzania closed, TAFES has moved its activities online, including its major Discipleship Training School (DTS) at Easter. I have felt so proud to be a part of TAFES and to see the way the staff are encouraging the students. Below I have reproduced, with permission, two messages that TAFES staff workers sent to students this week. In the first, I love Joan’s pastoral tone, and in the second how Ayoub’s call to trust in God is alongside and complemented by his exhortation to take precautions against the Coronavirus.
An Encouragement To My Brothers and Sisters @ MUFES
Psalms 37:23-24—The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.
As I write this note I am sure you are all home and adjusting accordingly.
First of all I am so sorry for the unexpected changes that have happened to your academic plans for 2020. It is must be tough to even think of it.
I am writing to encourage you that even now God will order your life into the right direction. God is not dictated or intimidated by the patterns of the changing world because He never changes.
As we wait, Let’s keep our focus on Jesus He is definitely at work. Every adjustment that COVID-19 has brought in our lives will eventually make sense at some point.
As you wait, find something creative to do such as—–
Learn a new method of farming.
Learn a new cooking method.
Write poems, articles.
Help someone learn how to be consistent in reading the bible.
If you have siblings help them with their studies.
Spend more time praying.
Challenge yourself to read the entire New Testament in three weeks.
Guide your family to evening devotions.
Make every minute of this break count.
May your parents, guardians enjoy having you at home..
When regrets and pains of every inconveniences come to your mind, remind yourself God knows it all and our lives are in His hands.
For Final Year Students- Delay is not denial~Unknown..Your end of school will soon come to be..Hang in there with hope.
Read thru Psalms 121 and Psalm 125:3
I miss you guys and praying for you.❤❤❤
It’s my prayer that God keeps you safe as you trust in him as well as taking all necessary precautions which are being given by the responsible institution.
Proverbs 18:10—The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
We have a place of refuge. A place to run unto. A secret place for hiding – in God’s presence.
Let the hope we have conquer the fear within us and let us take courage to be the messengers of the hope we have to the world.
Sing with me the song of the psalmist. Psalms 91.
Psalms 91:9-10—If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
My appeal is that; Let’s take all the necessary precautions not because we don’t have faith or out of fear BUT with the understanding of the HOPE and CONFIDENCE have in God through Jesus Christ.
His name is above COVID-19/ Corona viruses.
Before Him every knee will bow and tongue confess that He is Lord.
Put your Trust in him
Take all the precautions seriously.
Tamie Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.