As a church we are passionate about serving the poor not only locally but also globally. A growing partnership with a Youth With a Mission (YWAM) base in rural Tanzania that supports local children, many of whom are Aids orphans, is one way we do this.
St Barnabas has strong links with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in Arusha, Tanzania. John Mukolwe, his wife Jacinta and his team manage the Tumaini orphanage on the YWAM base and look after the children there who are sponsored by members of St Barnabas. The money we send over to them pays for the children's food, clothing and their schooling fees and other essential basic needs they have. It really does make a life- saving and life changing difference to the children. Jesus said “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25.40).
As a church we also continue to support the YWAM ministries through John Mukolwe and his team, especially the Hand Prints project which supports women and children, the provision of food baskets at Christmas for widows and orphans, and the jigger campaign. Jiggers are small flea-like parasites that live under the skin of their victims mostly eating up the toes and heels of the feet and sometimes fingers. If left untreated, the victim's feet become deformed; the person can become anaemic and die. The effects are very painful and affect mostly very poor children and widows due to a lack of proper care and poor living conditions. Many children are unable to go to school because of this parasite; some can hardly walk. The programme involves treating the victims and also disinfecting their homes.
John writes: “We covet your prayers for provision, favor and the leading of the Holy Spirit. Lots of love and prayers from Jacinta and myself. We pray for you and our St Barnabas family so often. May the good Lord give you favor and divine health in all that you do. Kindly pass our love to everyone. Blessings. Always grateful, John”.
These pictures are the feet of young children badly affected by the jigger parasite.
These pictures are the feet and hands of an elderly woman.