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Celebrating Ministry Together – 19 Years

March 28, 2014 by Angela Vincent

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“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”  

Mother Teresa

For we are God’s workmanship. created in Christ Jesus to do the good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.      Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) 

This month we are celebrating! It is the faithfulness of God and friends like you that has helped us put God’s love into action for the past nineteen years! It is our nineteen-year anniversary this month and though we have seen thousands come to Christ and out of poverty – we cannot forget that with your help we are changing the world – one life at a time.

Yakobo could not feed his children and the pain he felt in his own stomach was nothing compared to the pain in his heart  – knowing that as a father – he was not able to provide the feed his family needed for that day.

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Don Rogers and Yakobo – 1993

What happened next changed the course of both of our lives.  We worked together with our hands and hearts to make a product – a cement water storage jar – that he might be able to sell for income – but we failed dramatically at the task.  That next week in a city far away I met a man during a “chance” encounter who just happened to be training people how to make the jars.  Yakobo attended the training and the course of his life change as he began to provide for his families need with this new business income.

Today Yakobo is the director of Empowering Lives Tanzania and has dedicated his life for the glory of God and to actions that will bring others out of the chokehold of poverty and Spiritual darkness.  He is one of over 150 national servants who now serve full time with ELI among four countries – doing things we cannot, but empowered by what we can do through our prayers and support.  For these almost two decades this has been a team effort and today – as I reflect on the faithfulness of God and His people, I am deeply moved and thankful. The magnitude of what God has done is beyond what I could have ever imagined.

Thank you for your partnership and prayers.  We see and feel a special momentum from God in our work at this time and I believe that this year, as we approach our 20 year ministry anniversary, will be one of our most productive years in terms of changed and empowered lives in our ministry history.  We have done this together because of your partnership. More lives like Yakobo’s are about to change course and for the faithfulness of our loving God and for your support – we are truly and forever grateful.

Empowering lives together,

Don

Don

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