If you were walking down the middle school hallway last Friday and thought you heard African music emanating from one of the classrooms, you were not imagining it! My 7th grade bible class was hosting a team of missionaries with an amazing organization called Hope of the Nations from Tanzania Africa. The class kicked off when Seamus Earl-Ruiz introduced his aunt Michelle (who was home fundraising) along with 3 Tanzania natives and the founders of Hope of the Nations, Harold & Coni Knepper. We spent an amazing 45 minutes listening to the team describe life in Tanzania and the work in which they are involved.
The 7th graders were all ears as they listened to the missionaries talk about the lives of children in Tanzania. One big eye opener for our students was when they heard the missionaries describe the school situation in Tanzania. They explained that there are anywhere from 60-80 students to a classroom, one teacher, no supplies or desks, and only one blackboard. Many children in Tanzania are not even able to go to school because they can’t afford the fees.
We got to see photos of their country, the people and the free schools Hope of the Nations started for the orphans and the poorest children in the community. In addition to the schools we found out about the other outreaches Hope of the Nations is involved in like a Bible College and micro-businesses.
At the end of their presentation, we got a special treat when the missionaries sang and danced while teaching us a song in Swahili (click on the facebook or youtube icon under “Follow Us” on Baymonte’s website to view the video). Afterwards our students had a blast mingling with the missionaries and asking them questions.
This is just the beginning of a fun filled month which will include other guest speakers as we begin to prepare for our annual 7th grade mission trip to Mexico.
Kathleen Ellenwood, Bible Teacher