Monthly Archives: September 2014

Rainwater Project

Here’s the deal:


A 10,000 liter tank similar to these costs about $2000 to purchase and install. We’re looking for 15 people or churches to step up and provide enough for one tank.

That will allow us to install a “starter kit” of 100,000 liters of water storage, as well as a solar or wind-powered pumping system at Tanzania Christian Clinic and Tanzania Christian Academy for Science. The system will collect rainwater in the rainy season, and in the dry season will provide clean water for their students and patients.

It’s an expandable system. If we can raise more money, we can buy more tanks, or we can build a huge concrete cistern. We hope to travel to Tanzania late in February, and spend the next 90 days building this system.

Building a rainwater capture system isn’t our long-term dream for our mission work. We’re committed to evangelism. But doing this will give us an opportunity to work with the entire Monduli mission team, all of us together in Tanzania for the first time. And we can meet one of the needs of the clinic and school.

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Mission Survey Trip

We are now looking for a sponsoring congregation to oversee our ongoing work in Tanzania. Please let us know if you hear of any churches who are interested in Tanzania, or generally in Sub-Saharan Africa.

We are currently planning another mission trip to Tanzania in February, 2015. We hope to spend about 3 months there, working to build a rainwater collection system for Tanzania Christian Clinic, and learning more about the community and the culture.

Ralph & Twyla Williams, Lewis & Tammy Short

Ralph & Twyla Williams, Lewis & Tammy Short

Last weekend, we traveled to Nashville to help our teammates Lewis and Tammy Short, as they were making final preparations to leave for Tanzania on Sept. 10. We hope to spend some quality time with them in February/March, making plans for our work together.

We traveled to the Monduli Region in Tanzania during May 2014, on an exploratory mission. We were conducting a needs assessment to see whether local needs might lend themselves as evangelistic tools. We kept a daily journal at Williams Tanzania Mission on facebook.

Early in our visit, the District Commissioner listed what he considered the two largest needs of the community. There is a great need for rainwater retention and water purification. And there is a very high ratio of illiterate adults, which has multi-generational social and moral consequences.

We began asking whether anyone had attempted adult literacy programs, and whether there was any demand for such. We found two programs, which had failed because they required payment and/or because they required people to travel to a fixed location in the evening. The people who operated those programs spoke frankly about the demand, and about the causes of their failures.

As a result, we began asking about volunteer programs, and whether people would volunteer to teach others in their home or in a convenient local setting. We found that there is a Swahili term for volunteering, and we found a similar program, which trains local volunteers to teach others.

We believe we could build an adult literacy program, training local volunteers, and using the Bible and other available materials in Swahili. We would then have two immediate audiences to teach: our volunteers, and those whom they are teaching. We would use this as an evangelistic outreach, to contact and teach people who otherwise would never encounter Bible teaching.

In addition, we arranged to partner with a local church to outfit their building with rainwater collection barrels. We told them that if they raised money for one system, we would raise money for another system. A similar building nearby has six to ten 10,000-liter barrels for rainwater collection, and we believe they could do the same, in time. This church has a new building with a baptistery, but has no way to fill the baptistery, so the water collection system would fill that need, and allow them to serve the community with water as well.

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