Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Today the 21st of May am vising Michganw where Iwillbe staying with Jerry Martin a retired vice chairperson of Dow Chemicals. Iwill also have meetings with the Spring Hills Camps ministries t Grand Rapids on the possiblities of doing Youth Summer Camps in Tanzania!
I also hope to use my time here to share with more people about the New Plantings ministry that I will be doing with the Diocese of Morogoro Tanzania.

I invite your prayers, comments and support.


Saturday, May 17, 2008

Tanzania without HIV and AIDS: it is possible!

Today the St Stephen's Episcopal Church held a farewell to Rev Dennis Mnyanyi who is leaving the US after two years of studies. He goes back to his country to work with the Diocese of Morogoro. The church has offfered prayers and promised to continue praying for Dennis and his family as the embark on this important minisry of fighting against poverty, ignorance and diseases.
Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in Africa, although areas like Morogoro have two rainy seasons and fertile land for farming. What makes people poor is the lack of training on agricultural best practices, business skills and available capital for small businesses.
The Diocese of Morogoro has long been concerned with the spiritual aspect of its people. However, the current challenges faced by the church require bold steps in new directions. The Diocese now wants to grow its vision and combat the core issues which have left its people trapped in extreme poverty and unable to feed their families, pay school fees, buy mosquito nets, buy medicine and find ample food. In the past, the Diocese’s response to these social issues has been through the form of direct aid, a response which can only ever be a temporary
The Vision
The Anglican Diocese of Morogoro’s vision is to economically enable Christians and the community through small business training and the provision of small "microfinance" loans. Since the Diocese’s inception in 1970, the Anglican Church in Morogoro has attempted to build the capacity of its people and connect them to locally available resources in order to better their families, their churches, and their communities. The recent successes of mincrofinance institutions across the developing world provide a model that can make these earlier efforts a reality. Specifically, the Diocesan microfinance ministry would:
provide training on microfinance agriculture, and small business
provision and manage small loans
Conduct training on public health (malaria and HIV and AIDS) prevention
In short, we wish to "teach someone to fish and not give h/she a fish!"

The model
The Diocese of Morogoro’s microfinance ministry will be modeled after other community microfinance institutions.
This ministry will be under the department of Social Services of the Diocese
Microfinance will be a section within the department working under a microfinance committee
I, Dennis Mnyanyi, will be the head of the microfinance section
Training will be provided to all people in a given area
Loans will be given to a group of people. This will help in matters of accountability and training.
-St Steven’s Episcopal Church will be our partner in the US. All the funds be denoted to the church and be sent to the Diocese where there will be a separate account for this ministry.
It is to this ministry that I have been called. After spending two years of Theological studies at Eden Seminary Bishop Dudley Mageni has asked me to head this important ministry and help our people utilize their resources, and where possible provide loans..
The challenge
We must build our fund! While the The Diocese has given me office space and supplies, we need money to begin due diligence and begin training. A dedicated group of people in St. Louis have been working together to find funds and develop a workable plan for this ministry, and we need your prayers and support.
How can you get involved
Father Steve Lawler, Katherine Mathews and I have been working together to develop aplan and budget that we would like to share with you. In addition, there are other ways in which you can get involved in this exciting new ministry:
Pray for this Ministry
Come, visit, and participate in training
Donate money through St Steven’s Episcopal