School Choir CD and Music Video

Recently the Simba wa Yuda (Lion of Judah Academy) School Choir recorded a CD of its music, which was released on Form 6 Graduation Day (May 13).

A brief music video featuring one of the songs from the CD has been posted to Facebook which you might be interested to watch (you’ll need a Facebook account to see it).

Here’s the link:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=241281879692658&id=100014325420133

It’s a short clip — only 60 seconds — but everyone in the video is a Lion of Judah Academy secondary school student, and several of the shots in the video are taken at the school, including during school chapel.

Hint if you aren’t familiar with watching videos online…hover your cursor over the lower right corner of the video image and a small box with four outward pointing arrows will appear…click on those arrows to enlarge the video to full screen size.

Enjoy!

P.S.  So far as we know there is only one copy of the CD in North America…the one we (Hart and Lynn Inlow) brought back with us.  If there is interest we might be able to get some additional copies…let us know if you’d like one!  It’s a music CD…no video on it.

 

 

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Sosthenes Mtebe

School Director Mtebe’s father, Sosthenes, died last week following an illness.  Please remember Mtebe and his family, including his mother, in your prayers.  He was a good man, much loved by his family.  He will be missed.  All of us who knew him thank God we were able to share life with him, and we thank God for the assurance he has of eternal life through Jesus.

 

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Graduation a Grand Success

The 2017 Form 6 Graduation, May 13, 2017, was a great success.  Tanzanian graduation celebrations tend to make U.S. graduations, by comparison, look like minor events!  Close to five hours long (not counting the ‘warm up’ music and concluding meal!), it was a panoply of music, dancing, speeches, presentations and celebrations!  (for more information on what form 6 is see recent posts, below)

The 47 Form 6 graduates were sent off in grand style.  Here are some photos of the event.

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Friday Preparations…decorating the Platform

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The Graduates Enter…Let the Celebration — and the Dancing — Begin!  First the guys….

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Now it’s the Ladies Turn!

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Special songs…

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Skits and Presentations…

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The Graduates Special Presentation to Family, Friends and Fellow Students…

 

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Uninvited Guests…but Everyone is Welcome…

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Certificates and Awards….

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Class Photo…with Director Mtebe in the middle….

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More Singing and Dancing….

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One of 47 Proud Families…with Director Mtebe….

Congratulations Graduates of 2017

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

 

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Form Six Exams and Graduation

The Lion of Judah Academy Form 6 students are nearing the end of their national examination process – and the end of their time at LOJA.  They will be graduating this Saturday, May 13.  Forty-seven Form 6 students are taking the exams and will be receiving their Form Six certificates.

In the Tanzanian system Forms 5 and 6 are called “Advanced Level” – A-Level or “High School.”  They are two years of advanced college preparation work, beyond the normal four years of secondary school (called “Ordinary Level” or O-Level.

These Form 6 national exams will largely determine each student’s college placement possibilities so a lot is riding on them.

But while the Form 6 students are sweating out the exams, the rest of the campus is busily preparing for their graduation, which is almost here.        Over a thousand people are expected to descend upon the campus to attend the graduation, so lots of work is being done to get ready for them.  Rehearsals for special preparations are taking place daily…everything around the campus is being spiffed up…menus are being planned….  It’s going to be quite a celebration!

Our Lion of Judah Academy have an impressive record of success on their exams and have received high placements in universities across the nation of Tanzania.  Our graduates have studied, and are studying, in a wide variety of fields including medicine, pharmacology, law, agriculture, education, business, human resources, and others.

We can hardly wait to see what God has planned for these newest graduates of The Lion of Judah Academy.

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By the way…we (Hart and Lynn) are currently in Tanzania…writing this from the school…and we’ll be attending the graduation Saturday.

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Cutting the grass and cleaning up outside

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Literally cleaning the Chapel from ceiling to floor, preparing for the anticipated 1000+ guests

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Form 6 National Exams…and RAIN NEEDED!

Some important things you should know about….

First:  FORM 6 NATIONAL EXAMS — Our Form 6 students begin taking their national exams on May 2, and continue a couple of days.  These exams are extremely important because they are basically their university qualification and placement exams.  In some ways they are similar to our SAT’s…only even more is riding on them for the students.  Our students have a record of performing very well on these exams, but it’s a lot of pressure and a great deal is riding on them.

Second:  RAIN DESPERATELY NEEDED — East Africa generally has been experiencing very low rainfall over the past couple of years, and typically our region of Tanzania gets considerably less rain than most of East Africa.  So drought conditions have been developing.  It is currently the season when it should be raining.  It has been raining some, however the rains got a late start, and need to continue at least until at least mid-May before any significant relief will be experienced.  If they stop before then the crops will not have had enough rain to mature and produce a decent harvest.  If these rains fail there will be serious problems in the area and at the school.  Food prices have already increased considerably and Mtebe is feeling “the pinch” of having to divert funds from educational projects to the food budget.  We will be evaluating this situation closely while we are there and will keep you updated.  The last time this happened, back in 2011-12, things got so bad in the area that we initiated an ’emergency feeding program’ for our students as well as children in the Bulima area.  We calculated that we provided about 30,000 emergency meals over about a years time.  It was extremely difficult.
PLEASE PRAY FOR RAIN

Lynn and Hart Inlow are traveling to The Lion of Judah Academy in just a couple of days.  They will be leaving early morning Tuesday, May 2…arriving in Mwanza Wednesday evening and then on to the school.  They’ll be there most of the month of May.

ATTENTION:  Would you be interested in traveling to the school in late August/September?  It seems there is growing interest in a team to travel to the school during that time.  While several projects are ‘in the works,’ a couple involve setting up a new library for the primary school, and renovating the girls dormitory…getting close to 15 years old now!  If you’re interested in knowing more please contact us!

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2017 School Year Begins – January 16

Classes for the 2017 school year at The Lion of Judah Academy start up first thing Monday morning, January 16.

Students have been arriving over the weekend, and the biggest – as well as the most unexpected – new feature to greet them is the new addition to the boys dormitory.  The dorm was a long way from being finished when the students left at the end of last November, but much has been accomplished during the past 6-7 weeks.  The addition is currently about 50% completed, but that’s enough to put it into use to house the boys who have been living in various locations scattered around the campus.  Work is continuing and we expect the entire dorm will be about 95%  completed within the next three weeks.

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Constructing the new boys’ dorm

If you haven’t yet see the photos of the dorm project please visit the link below…it will take you to the school’s Flickr Albums site…there are also other albums there you may enjoy.

Lion of Judah Academy Albums

The most recent of the dorm project photos was taken a couple of weeks ago.  Since then most of the floors, walls and ceilings have been completed.

We are expecting about 750 students this year, in classes ranges for Awali (kindergarten) to Form 6 (university preparation)…that is 14 grade levels.

Prayer concerns for the coming weeks…

We have not been faithful keeping up with the “Prayer Needs” page on this blog and for that we are sorry…we’re committing ourselves to do a better job with that.

There are some important concerns right now, including:

The start of the school year…please pray…

  • for the safe arrival of all returning students…some travel from as far as three days away
  • for God’s Holy Spirit to equip all the students and all the staff with the spiritual graces they will need to succeed academically, and thrive spiritually
  • for need financial resources for all the students and families; and for God’s provision of needed supplies, materials, equipment and food for the school (see below for more about the drought conditions)

Drought in Tanzania and food shortages – the entire nation of Tanzania is currently suffering a major drought with the related food shortages.  Drought can be serious in North American and European countries, but there are almost always alternative food supplies…even if they are expensive.  That is not always the case in East Africa.  A growing drought problem is gripping the entire country.  We know, from experience, this means significantly elevated food prices for the supplies the school needs…and if the spring rains are not sufficient for a harvest, people are going to experience drastic food shortages.   Please pray for relief and for rain.  The spring rains are due in March-April-May.

School Director Mtebe’s father – Director Mtebe’s father has become seriously ill, and is currently hospitalized.  He definitely has pneumonia.  But in addition he has been unable to keep down food and nutrition.  Please pray for him…his name is Sosthenes Mtebe.  He is a wonderful man, and a dear supporter of the ministry of Lion of Judah Academy

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End of the Year Update

Dear Friends and Supporters of The Lion of Judah Academy,

Greetings!

We’ve prepared an End of the Year Update which you can read by clicking on the following link (please note…a draft of this blog post was inadvertently sent out to some of you about five days ago…our apologies!  This post is essentially the same…just shorter with fewer typos)

2016 End of the Year Update

In this update there is a link/address for a Flickr.com photo album showing the progress made on the new boys dormitory.  That link may not work by clicking on it, so here is a link directly to that album (as well as several other photos albums about the school):

Dorm Project Photo Album

2016 has been a year of turmoil and unpredictability in the world.  But one thing which hasn’t changed is the constancy of God who continues to pour out mercy and grace on The Lion of Judah Academy — the students and the staff!

We thank you for your prayers, and we are blessed by your support and encouragement.

The school is currently on its end-of-the-year break.  Classes, and a brand new year at the school, begin on January 16, 2017.  Please pray for the school, the students and the staff.  Prayer is the powerhouse which stands behind the The Lion of Judah Academy!

Since the new year is beginning we will have many bright and talented young students who cannot afford the cost of school fees, our scholarship program is absolutely critical to their success and if you would like to be a part of it, here’s a link to more information:  Scholarship Program.  There’s a donation button if you would like to use PayPal, as well as information about how to contact us.

Thank you for your partnership in this amazing work.

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