Monday, March 10, 2014

Settling Back into Life and Ministry in Kilimanjaro

The Stivers in Tanzania // Life and Ministry Back in Kili
So much has been happening over the last month that it’s hard to know where to start. We thank all of you that have continued to pray and support us even as our contact has been limited. We wanted to send out a newsletter to let you know how we are doing and what we’ve been up to.

Settling Into Our Home

We are so happy to share with you that for the last week we have been able to stay and live in our own home. We love it here! God has blessed us with a great home that will serve not only as a refuge for our family, but a place where we can minister to others. Right now we are working towards furnishing our home. There were some pieces that we left here that are back in our home and that’s great. However our previous home was furnished and our new home is not, so we still have a lot to do. We have some purchases to make like a dining table, kitchen counters and living room furniture.
One of our favorite things about our home is the opportunity to minister to others. On our first night in our home we were able to host a new friend of ours that is serving under the Peace Corps in a nearby village. We had reached out to him as he travels into Moshi on the weekends and we loved having him. On the 16th, we’ll also be hosting our Global-Effect house church here at our home and are looking forward to that as well.
The view from our backyard - Mt. Kilimanjaro
Current Ministry Focuses

Hope International School Website
One of the larger projects that Global-Effect has undertaken is an international school in the Soweto district of Moshi. Hope International School (HIS) serves not only Tanzanian families but also families from North America, Europe and Asia. Now in their second year God has given the school favor in expanding the student populace at HIS. As the Helblings are currently on furlough in the states, they will be recruiting teachers and we’re helping them by giving the HIS website a series of much needed updates. It was our heart to use our media talents to bless ministries here and with Melissa’s photography and Brandon’s web design we’ll be able to do just that. If you are interested in coming to Moshi to teach, check out or email
Fountain of Grace Ministry to Pastors
One of the ministries that Global-Effect has partnered with other local organizations in has been putting on pastoral retreats under the heading Fountain of Grace (FOG). We were aware of these retreats when we were here previously working at the orphanage and now as we are working with G-E we are able to help minister. It’s our heart to refresh and empower these pastors and their wives as they pour themselves into their congregations. We’ll be involved ministering at the next FOG retreat in Moshi on March 21-23. We want to uphold, support and bless these Tanzanians that are on the front lines ministering the gospel of Jesus Christ. We’ll be involved throughout the weekend and Brandon will be leading a few times of worship.
Leading and Administrating for Summer Teams and Interns
Between the months of May and August, we have multiple teams and interns that come to serve under Global-Effect. Some will be here for two weeks, others for more than two months. Ryan has given us the task of being missionary leads for some of the team’s activities as well as maximizing the time that we have with the interns. We are looking forward to HIS Discovery Summer Camp, village outreaches, church services and other ministries. We are excited to make the most out of the time that we get with those that come to serve and enhance what G-E has already been doing over the last few summers. We are especially excited as both of us served as G-E interns before moving to Tanzania (Brandon in 2009 and Melissa in 2010). Over the next couple months we’ll be revising G-E Short Term missions curriculum and emailing with interns, teams and our directors to make sure the summer is a great blessing to those in Kilimanjaro.

Campus Ministry
As you know a huge part of our heart and upcoming ministry is to college students on the nearby campuses. We have been able to get a couple good leads on ways to get involved and people that we can talk to. Just a couple nights ago we were talking with a missionary from New Zealand that has also been getting plugged in to the campus movement. It’s our heart to come alongside what God is already doing and our intention is to start with the Christian clubs that are already present. We have a pastor friend who is connected with the man that is involved with the campus ministries throughout Moshi and we look forward to talking with him soon. As we will have our hands full with nesting, summer teams and other ministries over the next three or four months, we’ll be gradually easing into this important ministry.

Promise making friends at Hope International School

Need for Support

We left California over a month ago now and God has walked with us every step of the way. We are so grateful for his faithfulness to provide. We were given some wonderful one-time donations that got us to where we needed to be to launch off. That coupled with our tax return from working at the church last year has helped us through this transition time. We, however, did not have our monthly fundraising goal reached when we left in January. We have some wonderful individuals and churches that have partnered with us and we are still hoping for more, especially monthly supporters. If you would like to hear more about our ministry, please email us at If you are interested in partnering with us financially, you can find all the information on our website at

Praise Reports:

1. We were approved for our new residence permit! Such a huge relief to report that. This has been, without a doubt, the easiest time that we’ve ever had getting through the immigration process. While we had to hustle collecting papers at times, we personally never even had to enter the Immigration Office. Our papers are currently being processed in Dar-es-Salaam but they’ve already been approved and paid for.
2. We have been able to see and spend time with so many loved ones, especially Awadhi. We joined a group from Treasures of Africa Children’s Home (where we previously served at) and headed to his school for the deaf about a hour or so out of Moshi. He is doing well and we loved getting a chance to play, cuddle and laugh with him. He was excited to see us and we were excited to see him.
3. We have had good progress on our home. It’s been totally repainted by a local painter who did an excellent job. We’ve been able to buy a fridge and oven that we’re so excited for. Of course, we also have our beloved dog, Dodger, back with us now that we’ve moved in. The family’s all together now!

Melissa and Promise with Awadhi at Treasures of Africa Children's Home

Brandon and Promise with Awadhi and Jeremiah at Treasures of Africa Children's Home


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