An amazing gift from a group of children

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Clean Water, Fundraising, Get involved, Praise Report, Written by Katie | 0 comments

Passion, determination and generosity along with child-like faith can do BIG things!  This year the volunteers from Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Grace Fellowship Church in Kinston, NC graciously adopted Toloha Partnership as their mission with 100% of the offering going to support our cause.  During the week of VBS, the children were encouraged to bring in change and any money they could raise in order to help the village of Toloha gain access to clean water and the Gospel.   One of the focuses of VBS was missions and I was blessed to be a part of the “Missions” corner. We began the week by talking about different missions – missions your parent’s give you (i.e. clean your room), secret missions, as well as the mission that Jesus gave us right before He ascended to heaven.  This mission, or commission, as we often call it is found in Matthew 28:19-20. “Therefore GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Basically we are to tell everyone, everywhere that Jesus loves them!   On day one, we began with a little object lesson – The children were all seated on our pretend “airplane” and I asked one child to leave the room.  The other children were all given a chocolate chip cookie representing God’s love.  But we had one cookie left – it was meant for the child who was no longer in the room.  The kids tried to get her to come back in the room without leaving the room themselves.  They tried yelling, hiding and then yelling even louder, but it just wouldn’t work.  They finally concluded they must leave the room and GO and find their friend and TELL her that Jesus loves her (give her the cookie).  What a neat picture – in order to fulfill the mission Jesus has given us we must GO and tell others the good news! On day two, we boarded our airplane and took off for Toloha, Tanzania! We “met” (via a photograph at this point) a new friend named Daniel and discovered what the village looks like, what kind of animals are around, and 2 issues that Toloha is facing.  We learned that the people are in need of clean water and that they don’t know Jesus loves them.  The kids were given a chance to pick up (or try to pick up) 5 gallons of water. This is the approximate amount a woman carries in the developing world and is equivalent to 40lbs!  The children also learned that many women carry the water on their heads – the kids tried to do this too! On the third day, we recycled an empty water bottle into a reminder to pray for the village of Toloha.  The students filled a water bottle with dirty water and decorated a label that simply said “Toloha.”  The kids were challenged to place their bottle of water in their house to remind them to pray for the people in the village. For the next two days, we focused on other missionaries that were sent out by Grace Fellowship – Randy and Janet Adams in Taiwan and Chris and Carrie Himes who are leaving next month to minister with South American Mission (SAM) in Recife, Brazil. Although, we were not actively teaching about Toloha for the last few days of VBS, the children constantly had their new friend,...

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Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Fundraising, Get involved | 0 comments

We have Toloha Partnership Tshirts available!     Please contact us here if you are interested in placing an order. We have children’s sizes through XXXL...

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We Walk So They Won’t Have To

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Clean Water, Fundraising, Get involved, Praise Report, Program Update, Trips to Toloha, Written by Katie | 0 comments

Toloha Partnership has been given the incredible opportunity of partnering with Son Set Ministries for one of their annual camps, Erasing the Lines (ETL).  ETL is a week in which middle school and high school students from local churches in Eastern NC gather to spend the week serving and showing Jesus to the community.  This week (July 17-21) ETL is celebrating their 10th year with over 165 students participating.   When the students arrive they are broken into small groups (mixed ages/genders/churches) of about 10 students with a college or young adult leader.   Groups are assigned varying work projects each morning and afternoon.  Toloha Partnership is leading one of those work projects — we are leading the “water walk” this week! You may be thinking, what is a water walk?  I am glad you asked!  The concept is very simple but the results are enormous.  Groups are educated about the water situation in much of the developing world and then they are issued a challenge.  Students are challenged to take a walk in the shoes of women and children who walk miles each day to gather life’s basic necessity – water.  It looks a little something like this: Students fill up water jugs Students carry the water back to Rochelle Middle School (2.4 miles) where the camp is based. Along the way students have an opportunity to raise awareness by sharing with others what they are doing and why they are doing it.  The students get it — they share about the need for physical water to flow as well as the living water of Jesus Christ.  In Toloha, TZ, 56% of the Pare people claim Islam while 40% claim Christianity.   Someone has graciously agreed to donate $1 to Toloha Partnership for each gallon of water the students tote back to Rochelle.  Each group is challenged to bring back at least 25 gallons – the groups from Tuesday exceeded this toting 33.4 and 35.5 gallons!  That is a lot of water…especially when it weighs ~8 pounds per gallon! It is certainly hard work but when these students hear that people are walking 6+ miles to gather dirty water, nothing will stop them from doing what they can to be a part of the solution. This is just the start — check back for updates and more pictures later this week!...

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The Mission

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Clean Water, Daniel's stories, Fundraising, Ways to donate, written by Lindsay | 0 comments

We thought the best way to introduce the Toloha Partnership was to share our Mission Statement. It is the core of why we are praying, working, meeting, deliberating and doing everything else that comes with this partnership. This statement is a test. In every task and objective we strive to accomplish, we can ask if it follows this mission. It holds us in check and keeps us accountable. Writing this statement is one of the very first things we did as a team because we knew we needed a tangible object and vision that was succinct. Just writing down these words will drive us to accomplish each goal we set. We prayed to ask God’s direction, and as a team, this is where He led us: We hope you’ll join us! Please take a moment to look through this website. There are many ways you can partner with us! Please, please most importantly, PRAY! Thank you so much for visiting! We would love to hear from you in the comments. ~ Lindsay...

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