In 2017, Tanzania Fellowship of Evangelical Students (TAFES) held several new events for associates (graduates of the ministry). At September’s Reunion Dinner in Dar es Salaam, one of the speakers was Joshua Wathang’a, a former General Secretary of FOCUS Kenya. He issued a serious challenge. There is no shortage of Christians […]
Let’s continue the previous thought about the people-intensive scale and scope of ministry. Imagine you’re the perfect church attender. You hear at least 52 sermons a year. In 10 years, that’s 520 sermons! Yet would we expect to see 520 changes in your life?
2 Timothy is a staple text for Australian evangelical Christianity and for many university ministries. It’s about mentoring, fidelity, endurance, and ‘gospelling’. It’s a text I’ve heard preached on time and again, especially in pivotal, rite-of-passage events such as national conferences and ministry camps. And then it was my turn to expound […]
A mate put me onto Bill Gates’s 2013 annual letter and the surrounding discussion. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation makes targeted attacks on big issues, like poverty, health, and education. Gates’s letter emphasises the importance of measurable goals and measurable change: In the past year I have been struck again and again […]
My Nanny died last weekend. I was in Adelaide speaking at a conference so I got to see her the night before. We’re currently in Adelaide for the funeral. My family ended the death notice in the paper with my Nanny’s own self description, that she was ‘Completely His’.
This coming week, we have our final interviews with CMS Australia. Technically, this is the chance for either them or us to pull the plug; in reality, it’s more like a great opportunity to affirm our partnership and plan for the future. But hearing that we were having yet ANOTHER […]
This article from 2009 outlines the state of maternal health care in Tanzania. (H/T Katie) Many of the concerns here are central to why we believe university ministry is so important in Tanzania. Here’s a summary: Pregnancy and childbirth kill more than 536,000 women a year, more than half of them […]