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Updated July 2, 2017:
Second term classes begin on Monday, July 3. Please pray for the traveling students, all the preparations, and for students as teachers for the coming term. Note: July 3 is the beginning of the second term for all classes except Forms 5 and 6…for them it is the beginning of the new academic year
Please pray for Dan and Paula Shaffer, missionaries at LOJA…Paula is expecting their first child. Read the July 2 blog post for more details.
Updated June 20, 2017:
Thank you all for your prayers for Mtebe’s father, Sosthenes. He passed from this life into eternity just a few days ago, and is now rejoicing before the throne of Jesus!
The students are currently on their break between first and second term. They will return to classes in early July. Please be praying for all the teachers and students, for rest and renewal in preparation for the beginning of the upcoming term.
The Form 6 graduates are awaiting their national exam results, which will determine to a large extent their university placements. Please be remembering them in your prayers.
Updated May 16, 2017:
Sosthenes Mtebe, school director Mtebe’s father, is really struggling. He continues to live with the Mtebe’s and they are his primary caregivers. Over the past couple of days he seems to have taken a turn for the worse. Please pray for him, and for God to fill all the family with peace and confidence in Him.
Updated May 14, 2017:
The Form 6 class has completed their exams and have graduated, but will now be awaiting results of their national exams…which have great impact on their future, university placement, etc. “Division 1” is the highest ranking…pray for all our graduates to reach Division 1 in their results
It has been raining…but not enough to provide widespread relief from drought conditions. However, additional rain can help some crops. Please continue to pray for rain!
Updated April 30, 2017
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.
Ongoing concerns which are getting worse:
Drought in Tanzania and food shortages – the entire nation of Tanzania is currently suffering a major drought with the related food shortages. . 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. PLEASE PRAY FOR RAIN, AND LOTS OF IT!
Also — School Director Mtebe’s father — Director Mtebe’s father has been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the live. He is currently living with the Mtebe’s at the school and they are his primary caregivers. Please pray for him…his name is Sosthenes Mtebe…as well as the entire Mtebe family. He is a wonderful man, and a dear supporter of the ministry of Lion of Judah Academy