Exams and Term-Break at Lion of Judah Academy

Please be praying for all the Class 7 students at Lion of Judah Academy…this is a challenging and stress-filled time for them…National Examinations!

The Exams are scheduled September 6 and 7.  All Standard 7 students throughout the nation take their national examinations on those days, and the results can have a significant impact on the future of their educational success.

Also, September 8 is the beginning of mid-term break for all students.  Students will be on break until September 18.  Please pray for safe travel and blessing on their time away from school, with their families and friends.

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Students preparing for their upcoming national examinations




New Video and Awards

Here’s a new video from The Lion of Judah Academy.  A few weeks ago we posted a short one-minute clip, but this is much longer…over 7 minutes…and includes 3 different songs.

The music is performed by the Simba wa Yuda Choir (Lion of Judah Academy Choir) and all the video is taken in various settings on, or immediately adjacent to, the school campus.

We’re working on translating the lyrics into English so you can understand what the songs are about…but they are all songs praising and worshiping God!  When we get the translation we’ll post it here.

Incidentally, the video was filmed and edited entirely by one of our graduates who is currently studying communications and public relations at one of Tanzania’s best universities!

The school regularly receives various awards and recognition for the academic performance of our students.  While we’re primarily concerned about building character and spiritual strength, we just can’t help but be proud of the academic achievements of our great students!!

Here’s a commendation the school recently received, for being one of the Best Performing Non Government Secondary Schools in the entire nation!  The school has received this one before, but we want to share our joy with you!


Praise God from whom all blessings flow!



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Term Two Begins July 3

Lion of Judah Academy is abuzz with activity this weekend!  The second term begins Monday, July 3, so students are returning from their one-month holiday and teachers are hectically preparing for their classes.  (Actually, this is the beginning of the second term for all the classes except Forms 5 and 6…they are also starting classes on Monday, but for them it is the beginning of a new academic year).

Please pray for the students and staff as the new term gets underway.

The girls who live in the older girls dorm are also getting a big surprise…the girls dorm has been renovated and upgraded while they were on break!  We haven’t seen any photos yet ourselves, but as soon as we receive some we’ll post them here.  We understand it looks very nice.

A few weeks ago we received an update letter from Dan and Paula Shaffer, missionaries from Pennsylvania.  We thought we’d share it with you for three reasons…

1  — so you can get to know them a bit…and see life at LOJA through a different set of eyes than we usually present

2 — because they share a touching true story from one of the students…we think that might give some added depth to the ministry of the school

3 — because they share some personal news which is exciting…and we ask you to pray for them…you’ll have to read the letter to discover what we’re talking about!

Here’s the link to their newsletter:  Shaffer 2017 June Newsletter



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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:


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.


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.


Friday Preparations…decorating the Platform


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


Now it’s the Ladies Turn!


Special songs…


Skits and Presentations…


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



Uninvited Guests…but Everyone is Welcome…


Certificates and Awards….


Class Photo…with Director Mtebe in the middle….


More Singing and Dancing….

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One of 47 Proud Families…with Director Mtebe….

Congratulations Graduates of 2017



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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.


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


Cutting the grass and cleaning up outside


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

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