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How on earth did we end up in Tanga, Tanzania?


If you had told me at the start of 2016 that I would be in Tanzania, married to a beautiful Kenyan, working as missionaries, I would have questioned your sanity and yet here we are. Interestingly for me, this journey started 40 years ago when I first felt a call to Tanzania, it was suggested I gained a bit of experience first and that experience lasted 36 years and the call was forgotten, by me, but not by God.


In 2016 a crazy chain of events took place, In September God connected me to a Kenyan called Rachael, as we spoke daily as friends, we soon began to realize that this was a God connection, we had a similar vision and a similar heart after God, and 6 weeks later I found myself at Nairobi Airport waiting to meet Rachael for the first time. Both of us had experience serving God over many years, but what God had in store neither of us ever suspected.


We were married in January 2017 and we now believed this was us together in Kenya, serving God forever. However, God had another plan and one morning the following June, we were on the balcony having our morning devotions together, and I heard God say so clearly, I want you in Tanzania, specifically Tanga. I was like “where did that come from?” At that point I still had forgotten about my call 37 years previous. We had never discussed going anywhere else, never mind Tanzania, what amazed us most was that at the same time God said the same thing to Rachael. We knew God had spoken, even so, over the next few months we sought God for more confirmation, which He provided many times and in many ways.


In the September we got on a bus and travelled to Tanga, Tanzania to check out the land, we stayed here a week and just knew we had heard right. The next few months were spent planning, in the October we met with two leaders who lead DOVE Africa and shared our vision to plant house churches and to do various projects, only to find they had been praying to start a work in Tanzania for many years, the rest is history.


In March 2018 we left Nakuru, Kenya with three suitcases, with little money, leaving everything else behind. We travelled by bus to Tanzania, a very emotional journey as for Rachael she was not only leaving her beloved country, but also her son and daughter.


The first two months we stayed with the national leader of long established denomination, who we were connected with through his counterpart in Kenya. This gave us chance to acclimatize, learn about the country and prepare for Tanga. During that short time quite a few people tried to get us to change our minds, Tanga is known to be a difficult area spiritually, but although we were invited to move to many other cities, we just knew Tanga was right and in the May 2018 our journey to Tanga was complete, God found us an amazing house for rental, just where we were meant to be, no furniture, nothing, just a mattress and our clothes to begin this amazing journey with God.


It has been an interesting three years, many blessings, many challenges, but God has been faithful. We obeyed God, knowing that we had to trust Him totally for everything, for me I’ve never had to live by faith like this, but God continues to supply and we thank Him every day for His goodness. Now three years on so much has happened, Rachael’s son Steve now is here working with us and we have seen God do amazing things but that is another story………………………………


Mark


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