Posts by tolohapartnership

An Exciting Opportunity

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in 2014 Trip to Toloha, Ministry, Photography by Josh Spear, Program Update, Trips to Toloha, written by Diane | 0 comments

An Exciting Opportunity

“I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 This is a big weekend for Toloha! A group of 8 leaders from the Toloha Church will be travelling to Arusha to attend a regional training in church leadership, teaching, and discipleship. Andy Scott and Gary Combs of International Cooperating Ministries of Hampton, Virginia will be conducting the training. ICM distributes and trains churches in the use of Dick Woodward’s Mini-Bible College, a free Bible study available in 31 languages. They also aid in the planting, building, and nurturing of churches and have built over 5,000 churches throughout 68 countries. The Toloha Church is one of over 52,000 churches and housechurches around the world using this excellent curriculum that contains teaching through the entire Bible in 4 years as well as teaching on marriage, family, and other topics. The Toloha Church has been using the Mini-Bible College as their primary teaching on Sundays since July when the Kinston Vision Team introduced it to them and provided the necessary study materials. In addition to training in how to use the curriculum, they will also receive training in leadership, discipleship, and church growth strategies. The most valuable part of the weekend, though, will surely be the intensive time of fellowship and team building amongst these Toloha Church leaders. The team is composed of a diverse group of men, women, younger, and older leaders. They are filled with anticipation and enthusiasm for this opportunity to sharpen their ministry skills so that they might thrive as ambassadors for Christ in their home town of Toloha. We’re pretty pumped about it over on this side of the Atlantic as well!...

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Toloha Banquet Success!

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Clean Water, Fundraising, written by Lindsay | 1 comment

  Guests began to stream into the Arts Council gallery in downtown Kinston at 5:55pm on Saturday, October 25, 2014. They were met with the smiling faces of the Toloha Banquet greeters AND the people of Toloha. Over 40 photographs measuring over 1.5 feet and up to 4 feet in height lined the walls and tables of the hall. “It is like they are here with us,” said Diane Spear as she shared about the ministry in Toloha.   Those faces are not sullen and sad, but they are bursting with joy, laughter and excitement. There is now hope in Toloha. Water is literally gushing from the new pipe, and the people can barely get buckets under the flow quick enough. Thanks to the many generous donations over the past year equaling over $100,000, there is now water in Toloha, lots of water. The people have worked together digging 8km of trench, laying pipe and covering it back up to keep it safe underground from the elements and animals. There is still work to be done to make the water clean and the system maintainable for the long term. But there is water in Toloha. At the 2nd Annual Toloha Partnership Banquet on Saturday, October 25, another $27,000 was raised to continue the work. This leaves a mere $43,000 left to raise to complete the water system renovation. Compared to where we started with $170,000 to raise just 1 year ago at our first banquet on November 9, 2013, the task at hand now seems like nickels and dimes. It is partly because of simple mathematics, but there is another reason this number is no longer scary. Faith. God has built our faith in a way that only a project like this can. Seeing the money raised, the local community support in Kinston and the people of Toloha and the Tanzanian government working together is making God more and more real…tangibly real…as real as the water pouring from that pipe in Toloha. God is pouring out his blessing on us. It is not just physical water that is washing over the land of Tanzania, but it is the living water. The Gospel is being spread through word, deed and relationships in Toloha and Kinston. God is showing us how literal his love can be by meeting our need and by fulfilling our thirst for him. What an adventure this is! Thank you so much for coming along with us arm in arm, hand in hand. Keep up the good work! The beautiful photos of the banquet event are by Mary Rouse The large photographs of the people of Toloha are by Josh Spear, Katie Malone and Ashely Rudolph  ...

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2nd Annual Toloha Banquet on October 25

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Clean Water | 0 comments

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, there will be a party in Kinston! In the past year, over $100,000 has been raised for Toloha Partnership! Over 8 km of pipe has been purchased and is being installed into the trench leading from the foot of the mountains to Toloha! A church is meeting and growing! The people have seen the amazing things God has done and is continuing to do! Will you join us? Don’t miss this fun-filled night of celebration and gratitude. The night will kick off with heavy hors d’oeurves, a silent auction, raffle, and live music. Then, our Master of Ceremonies, Meteorologist David Sawyer will lead us on a journey of what has happened and what has yet to come in Toloha. The night will end with a live auction of some amazing items that will soon be announced! Check our Banquet Page for updates and details! For tickets, contact Lindsay Corrigan at info@tolohapartnership.org or (252)626-6762. We hope to see you there!...

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Toloha Night!

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in Clean Water | 0 comments

Hear stories and see photos from the recent trip to Tanzania from our Vision Team at Toloha Night! Toloha Night When: 7:00PM on Monday Night, August 11, 2014 Where: Grace Fellowship Church (327 Academy Heights Rd., Kinston, NC) It will be a night of celebration and praise! The team will show photos and tell stories from the trip and give an update about the water system renovation and other projects in the village. There also may be some praise and worship in Swahili! Come join us for fellowship whether you’ve been following the project for 10 years or you are just hearing about it right now. Children are welcome to join us for the service! Our team is looking forward to sharing their experience with you!...

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Keep Digging – The Pipe Is Coming!

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 in 2014 Trip to Toloha, Clean Water, Fundraising, Get involved, photography by Katie Maloney, Praise Report, Program Update, Trips to Toloha, Written by Katie | 1 comment

As I stood in the village the very last day of the vision trip, I was sorta dreading going back home.  This dread came for a few reasons: I didn’t want to go home.  I love the village.  I love the simplicity, the people, the joy, the beauty and I even came to love operating on “Africa Time (everything starts a few hours late).” God is at work, people are being empowered and things are changing in Toloha – I wanted to stick around and see what God was going to do next! I was worried – how were we going to get the money needed to keep the project going?  The villagers were 16 weeks ahead of schedule on trench digging which left us 16 weeks behind schedule on fundraising.   As we had our final meeting with the village elders, Engineer Burt Rudolph expressed our awe at how quickly the project was progressing and how impressed we were with the heart and unity the villagers had displayed over the past few weeks.   As he started to wrap up his speech, I leaned over and whispered, “you better tell them we don’t have enough money for the rest of the pipe.”  Engineer Rudolph agreed and then proceeded to share with our friends that we didn’t have the resources available to complete the project.  The villagers were working faster than we were raising money and unless something miraculous happened; the project might have to come to a halt until further funds were raised. As we traveled home, my mind was racing; thinking of every fundraiser I had ever seen and wondering which fundraiser would bring the most money the fastest.  By the time the plane landed on US soil, I had a plan…BUT God had a different plan. This past Thursday night at Grace Fellowship Church in Kinston, NC part of the vision team had the opportunity to share about the recent trip.  After sharing about the predicament we were facing with the villagers digging so quickly, someone asked, “how much do we need to keep it going?”  Our treasurer and engineer did some quick math and came up with ~$25,000.  Within the hour, an anonymous donor had given $12,500!  The goal was set – to raise the full amount by Sunday morning – in just 2 short days!  From there the race was on – as word spread, checks began coming in…and coming in…and coming in…and coming in.  We’ve had pledges come in from our community, various parts of the USA and even some international donations all the way from Germany! As of this morning, we have received over $27,000 in pledges and donations!  We’ve called the villagers and let them know, “Keep digging – the pipe is coming  – the living God, Jesus Christ, is sending it.” God provides through His people, in His time for His glory!  Thank you for your sacrificial giving and your generosity – you are being the aroma of Christ to a village with little knowledge of who Jesus is or His great love for them. I can’t wait to see what God does next!  Thank you for being a part of this...

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