Jamii :: Family Take 2

Jamii (pronounced “jah-mee”) is Swahili for family Family of believers praying for Michelle

I met Michelle Contreras on Thursday night, when she came to visit the small group I go to.  She is a missionary in Tanzania, Africa (serving with Hope of the Nations) who is stateside on furlough right now raising support, visiting friends and family.

As God has been working on me over the last few years, through my relationship with Adventures in Life and Mission Focused, He has given me a desire to serve using the gift of photography, to bless others and help spread the work that missionaries like Dave and Michelle are doing around the world.

Friends of Michelle gathered on Friday night to fellowship, pray, and raise support for her as she prepares to head back to Tanzania.  I honestly didn’t know anybody besides Michelle, Susan Daughters and her daughter Julie.  Most important to me, Christ was there!

I decided to go to this little fellowship night for Michelle after getting to know her on Thursday night.  The key for me was her honesty and truthfulness when it came to sharing what her first year in Tanzania was like.  (If you want to know the details, you can visit her website and email her…I’m sure she would love to share what God is doing in her life and in  Tanzania)

After talking with Michelle, and from conversations and observations from my visits to Oaxaca, Mexico…I know that it can be tough and even lonely sometimes.  Especially if you don’t speak the native language.  I’ve learned that the missionary life is far from glamorous and sometimes the american church tends to sugar-cote what it’s really like.

This is why I believe that fellowship and the family of believers is so important.  Important to missionaries like Michelle in Tanzania and Americo & Norma in Oaxaca, and to Dave, who seeks to minister alongside missionaries in the field.  Without that support network, the work doesn’t get done.  Without jamii, it doesn’t happen.

God willing, maybe I can go with Mission Focused to visit Michelle in Tanzania, to help document the work God is doing through her and Hope of the Nations…

Pray for the workers in the field who are seeking to share the Love of Christ…and if you can, go visit.  I know it will bless them as much as you will be blessed!

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
(Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV)

I highly encourage yall to visit Michelle’s site HERE and Hope of the Nations to learn more about what God is doing in Tanzania.

To learn more about Dave Miller and Adventures in Life please go HERE

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