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Global Missions

EMBRACING THE WORLD: “I WAS HUNGRY AND YOU FED ME, I WAS THIRSTY AND YOU GAVE ME SOMETHING TO DRINK, I WAS A STRANGER AND YOU WELCOMED ME . . . JUST AS YOU DID IT TO ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE WHO ARE MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY, YOU DID IT TO ME.”  MATTHEW 25:35, 40 

The Global Missions ministry is centered in a rich, multi-faceted and evolving relationship with the village of Mwitikira, Tanzania.  This ministry began in 2007 when the St. Paul’s vestry joined the ONE Campaign in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and designated $14,000 of the church’s annual budget for global missions use.  The initial focus of the ministry was on children in Sub-Saharan Africa, but that focus has expanded to many other projects based on the needs expressed by the people of Mwitikira and their priest, Father Erasto Ndahani.  The Global Missions Committee has adopted three guide posts for the projects we support:

  • Effective – Project provides real, tangible benefit to Mwitikira primarily in the areas of clean water, food supply, educational opportunities and basic healthcare.

  • Affordable – Project costs fall within the committee’s budget in a way that allows it to complete and be maintained. 

  • Sustainable – Assistance that provides tools that allow individuals or the village as a whole to imporve their quality of life and that will outlive the help provided by St. Paul's.

The projects that Global Missions Committee supports include:

  • Supporting over 130 kids through the Carpenter's Kids program since 2007.  This is a program aimed at AIDs orphans and other vulnerable children. It supplies uniforms, shoes, school supplies and participation in the World Food Program at their school.  Support was initially for Primary School children, but has continued as the children have progressed to Secondary School.  Some children have even become qualified to attend University.
  • Providing for clean water, a well and water distribution system. Planning began in 2007 and this project has been an ongoing and iterative effort for repair and improvement to the physical plant of the well, as well as to educate of the villagers in its maintenance and care.  Support of this system is continuing.
  • Providing Mwitikira's farmers with a method to insure crop sustainability, our newest project. In partnership with the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanzania (DCT), we are involving village farmers in a three-year sustainable agriculture project that includes a 3-pronged approach:  training farming families on the techniques of Conservation Agriculture (CA), training on how to build inexpensive airtight grain storage bins and providing assets such as a walking tractor and drought resistant seed to ensure success.
  • Improving in the quality of education in both primary and secondary school through teaching visits by St. Paul’s parishioners, donations for desks, textbooks and other school supplies, support for construction of two new primary classrooms, providing seed money for a science laboratory and other funds for a new kitchen to allow the village’s participation in the World Food Program, etc. 

Since 2007, St. Paul’s youth and adult parishioners have traveled to Mwitikira on nearly an annual basis to build relationships with the village and assist with teaching, health, art and building projects.  Father Erasto and his wife, Rebecca, as well as several bishops from the DCT have visited St. Paul’s on multiple occasions. Most recnetly in September, clergy and parishioners from St. Paul's visisted Mwitikira to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our relationship.

GET INVOLVED

  • Join the Global Missions Committee.
  • Make a monetary contribution to support our projects.
  • Donate your time on projects in the village. 

If you are interested in learning more or want to volunteer, contact Roger Whitfield or Joe Kearfott.

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