April 14, 2005
I returned home on Tuesday after two days of driving from Tukuyu. I had a good trip although I was alone for the whole trip. I did have a puncture on the second day about two hours from home, but three nice men on bicycles stopped to help me, so it was changed with little effort on my part.
The pastor's wives' teaching went all right, although we were disappointed at their lack of progress. This group of women is usually the top of the 5 branches, but not this time. It is very hard for Neema, as she is used to a different caliber of student. I am used to all kinds since I teach all over the country!
We had a very good teacher's meeting on the week-end following the branch teaching. Only 15 of the 19 came, so we finished a bit early, by meeting at night and shortening lunches. I was anxious to get home, so they helped me out!
I have not heard a report from the convention, but it did occur. There were some very important issues which I had been told would be discussed, but I don't know if they were or not. I have not seen anyone who attended to get a clear report. In any case, I thank you for your prayers for these issues. God is at work and we trust Him to work things out for his purposes.
Ed has been having a great time teaching his students at the seminary. His being so busy at this helped the time to pass, but we are both VERY happy to be back together. These separations are not any fun at all. They seem to be getting harder. You would think we would be used to them by now, but not so!
I am attaching some additional thought for the brave. These are
thoughts I had when I woke up on Wednesday morning after my two-day
drive wondering to myself, "Why on earth do I do this?" Feel free to
read or not.
I am home for three weeks from now, when I will go to Dar es Salaam to teach again. I will get spoiled!!
Thanks for your faithful support. It gives me great confidence to do what I do, in God's strength and with His protection.
Nancy and Ed Giddens
March 31, 2005
Please pray for her as she teaches these women the poetry and prophets of the Old Testament. Obviously, they will just be getting an overview and "keys" to these books. The women are often afraid of the Old Testament books, not having read or studied them, so it is fun to show them great passages and how to use these books for their own spiritual growth and understanding. She will be with Neema, who was recently with us on our Mwanza/Kigoma trek. Neema will be teaching Health (women's issues, childbirth and infant care) and will give the women an introduction to teaching children in Sunday School. She and Nancy will continue to help the women as they are learning to speak before a group and prepare a "talk." (Dare I say "sermon?") They often have to sub for their husbands when they are away- that's the way it's done here! So we want them to be ready and able to do this without fear.
March 17, 2005
our very own missionaries to Tanzania
Ed and Nancy Giddens
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