Monday, December 31, 2012

Baptisms, Gifts, Rain and the Beginning of a New Year!

Our First Christmas in Tanzania, proved to be interesting! James was stranded in the bush and the interior regions of Tanzania. The kids and I held the fort down in Dar Es Salaam and practiced rejoicing in ALL things!
James with the Pastor of Agape Church Kigoma. Didn't take long at all to become friends!   

 We had a wonderful dinner with new friends. The kids did not complain at all! So blessed to have God's grace on each of them. Mahayla told her daddy, "We can have Christmas again when you get home., don't worry. "
Christmas tubs instead of a lot of wrapping! So glad that shipment made it in day before Christmas Eve!  
We had a fun time putting together small gift bags to deliver to more than 30 neighbors. The remaining items are being donated to a kids club ministry in the Sala Sala area of  Dar Es Salaam.
Looking into their Christmas bags! Thanks WOL friends and the lady from a beauty supply store in Burlington NC
JeNi, Mahayla and Avery are putting a color page into the bags with chapter two of the Gospel of Luke on the opposite side.
What's inside the bag? Boys got a comb, candy, colored pencils, bouncy ball and candy, girls got the same along with hair bands and little girls got hair bobbins, hair scrunches and crayons, so much fun!

Today we had the privilege of baptizing these two young girls! Praise the Lord, what a way to end the year 2012!
And to top it all off, this momma rededicated her life to Jesus and we baptized her baby boy Prince. He is now considered special needs due to the attempt of his father to sacrifice him as his first born in India.(not all people believe this way) The mother is now living free with her boy. Praise the Lord! What a way to end 2012!! 
 On Sunday we experienced our first rain storm in Tanzania. It was a big down pour! We are beleiveing the spiritual rain of God will "reign" down in righteousness in the coming year. Showers of blessings over Tanzania, ELM(everlasting love missions) and all of our friends!

In a Bajaj riding right through, so glad we have our rubber boots!

Many streets were flooded.

A well watered garden!

 We are rejoicing! God is so good! Look out 2013, God will be glorified in ALL the earth!

Tonight we will celebrate at Agape Life Church. prayer, worship, prophetic word for the coming year, food, drinks, fellowship, dancing and fireworks! 

Thank you for praying for us, and supporting our family in the year 2012. We trust God will reward you and give you double, double! The harvest is plentiful, pray that the Lord of the harvest will send forth His laborers.

The Dick family in Tanzania,
James, Deanna, JeNi, Mahayla and Jaedon