As we finish 2021 and look forward to 2022, our hearts are full of gratefulness for God’s blessings that He poured out on us last year, and we are full of anticipation as we look forward to what He has for us in 2022. We are amazed and thankful as we look back on 2021 at all that God has done. We recognize that this is His work, and we are humbled to be a small part of what He is doing here in Tanzania. During the course of the year, we were blessed to see 2,193 people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and put their faith in Him, whether during one of our outreaches, church services, church visitation times, or personal soul winning. We were blessed to hold many different evangelistic outreaches to our city and community, including our annual Tanzanian Stadium Crusade, two medical weeks, multiple Ladies’ Meetings, Kids’ Days, Teen Camp, and many, many other special days and outreaches. Our church was able to welcome over 540 first-time visitors to our church services with many of them getting saved as well. We also averaged 284 in our weekly public-school ministries. This year, we hosted 85 visitors from the States. We were blessed by them, and we trust that they left Tanzania with a greater burden to do more for worldwide missions. Our church has grown both numerically and spiritually as people have trusted Christ, gotten baptized, joined the church, and begun being discipled.
Each year in the month of December, we hold a Ladies’ Meeting at our church. Our church ladies invite their friends, family, and neighbors for a fun evening of singing, teaching, and games. We were blessed with around 120 ladies in attendance. Several of the ladies trusted Christ at the meeting, and many, many returned as first-time visitors on Sunday. Our church ladies were especially excited, as we had special matching outfits made with shirts that said “Ladies of Faith Baptist Church” on them.
Christmas was a busy time, as we hosted nine different events or parties for the various aspects of our ministries. We had craft activities for Sunday school kids, caroling with the teenagers, our staff Christmas party, a party for the feeding-center children, and more. We truly were full of the joy of giving this Christmas! Everyone enjoyed very much all of the different festivities and plays, and our Christmas Day service was a special time of celebration as we remembered the birth of our Saviour. I am always so blessed with how our church places Jesus first on Christmas Day.
As we look forward to 2022, we are excited to see what God will do. We are humbled as we fall on our knees each morning and beg for His guidance and direction. We know that this work is beyond our ability, and if not for His power, it is all in vain. We are excited as we finish up the first stage of Building Faith and begin to use this new building for the different aspects of the ministry. We continue to pray for the Morrows’ container to arrive safely and for them as they settle into their permanent home and begin their language training. We are excited about all of the different big days, outreaches, and new programs that we are planning for 2022, as well as being able to return for a furlough in the fall of the year to report on all the things that God is doing in Tanzania! Our biggest special Sunday planned is the 20-Year Anniversary Sunday of our church. Please pray for this great outreach Sunday and day of celebration.
Your missionaries to Tanzania,
Jerry & Rachel Wyatt