Even though being thankful is something that we should practice daily, it isn’t bad to reflect on it especially during this holiday season. I lost my Grandma (my  mom’s mom) this last Saturday and it is even more apparent the blessings that come from family and community. It was very difficult for me to not be able to be with my family during this time, but I was grateful for the support of the community around me here in Tanzania and the support from people back home via the internet and phone. I was so grateful to hear from my mom how everyone was able to come together during this difficult time and support one another. God created us to need each other. In our very independent society it is easy to forget that.

Regarding life and work here in Tanzania, there are some things that I am especially thankful for. I am thankful for the team we have at Pamoja and the support team that enables us to disciple cultures through media. I am so grateful for the technology that enables us to keep in touch with our family and friends, and enables us to share in each others lives even though we are separated by an ocean.  I am grateful that we are seeing fruit come from our showings of Nipe Jibu. I am thankful for the partnerships that we have with World Map, ISOM, the Sowers Group, and the Enkata Choir that are impacting this culture in real life giving ways.

I am grateful to be here. I feel alive in what we do.  I am blessed to be a part of this work. I wouldn’t be able to do it without my community back in North America or my community here.

My prayer for you this Holiday season is that you will see the blessings of community around you and that you will pursue all of the dreams in your heart.


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