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Let’s Celebrate!

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Clean Water, Fundraising, Photography by Josh Spear, Praise Report, Program Update, Toloha Water Walk | 0 comments

Let’s Celebrate!

We are so excited to announce the financial goal for the water project has been met and we want to CELEBRATE! Put your wallets away and come join us for dinner & a celebration of all God has done! This is our way of saying “thank you” for the countless ways you have sacrificed your time, money and heart! This will be an event for the whole family and is NOT a fundraiser (no tickets required)! When: March 19 at 5pm Where: Grace Fellowship Church Please see our Facebook Event to RSVP and find out more...

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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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A Fundraising Emergency

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in 2014 Trip to Toloha, Clean Water, Fundraising, Get involved, Photography by Josh Spear, Praise Report, Program Update, Trips to Toloha, Written by Burt | 1 comment

I want a moment to share with you from my heart about what God is up to in Toloha Village.  We had a chance to share at the Thursday night service at Grace Fellowship Church, and it was amazing! After Ashely and I spoke and updated the congregation about our experience in Toloha, God started to move in a very real way.  Ashely and I were still tired from the time change (3 am Tanzania time) and planned on just giving a brief update on Toloha, but God had bigger plans for the evening. Sammy Hudson, the Director of The Refuge youth ministry in Greene County, presented the sermon and really challenged us to let God provide in ways He chooses for Toloha, not according to our limited plans. Sammy was prepared to give a four point sermon starting with sharing a need his ministry had for a water line and how God met the need in His way, but when Sammy heard about the need of Toloha he said only the first point of the sermon would be presented and he would share the rest after our emergency financial need was met. Basically, Toloha Partnership has an emergency financial need because the manual labor of digging the pipe trench is progressing much faster than expected.  Based on test trenching results conducted last year we calculated it would take about 6 weeks to trench and install each 2 kilometer section of pipe.  So the entire 8 kilometer pipeline was anticipated to require 24 weeks of work. Guess what?  We were wrong.  People of Toloha are so desperate for water that the first 2 kilometers of pipe only took two weeks.  That is one kilometer per week, so the whole main pipeline job will be done in 8 weeks and we are 3 weeks in.  If funding is available, the main pipeline will be complete in 5 weeks from now!   If not, work must stop in a few days. I remember my last meeting in Toloha with the water board and village elders.  I explained we did not have the resources to buy the pipe right now and asked for prayer to the living God – Jesus (the village is predominantly Muslim).  At that point, I knew there was no way we are going to win the pipe race (America vs. Tanzania) and the project would be halted.  I am embarrassed to say, I did not have the enough faith to even think He could do it.  I thought Toloha would just have to stop digging and wait, but timing is important to God. Here is the rest of the story.  In the middle of the church service on Thursday night,  I was asked how much more money we need to buy the pipe and finish the main pipeline.  I really did not know since I was not prepared to discuss or ask for funding that evening. From the front of the church with the microphone in my hand, I looked at the Toloha Partnership Treasurer sitting in the sound booth at the back of the sanctuary and we quickly calculated $25,000.  Here is how God works … A person who asked to remain anonymous approached me after the service and said you are now 1/2 way to your goal! Now, I believe the other 1/2 will be here by Sunday and the amazing people of Toloha can keep on working.  This morning, Friday July 25, 2014, I have faith Sammy will be able to finish the rest of his sermon on Sunday, if people across the world who care about...

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We’re going back!

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in 2014 Trip to Toloha, Clean Water, Photography by Josh Spear, Praise Report, Trips to Toloha, Written by Katie | 0 comments

It is hard to believe that a year has passed since we sent the first team to Toloha Village. All we knew at that point was the villagers needed water and we wanted to help! God has done A LOT in just a year. We now have definite plans to pipe water in from a mountain stream with a budget of ~$170,000. We held a fundraising banquet and auction in November raising $35,000. In March we held our 2nd annual Water Walk and had over 150 participants from across the community raising $28,000! We’ve seen many individuals both young and old be moved by the story of Toloha. People across this community have caught the vision for Toloha and are passionately praying, working and fundraising for the people in the village. With a year like that behind us, we cannot wait to see what God has in store this year as our second team boards a plane in less than a week to begin the journey to Toloha. As most of you already know, Toloha Partnership is, in part, a water project.  And yes, we are bringing them clean water and most of our fundraising efforts (Water Walk and Banquet) are going toward a water pipeline.  But, the real heartbeat of Toloha Partnership goes deeper than water – our heart’s desire is not just to bring the people physical water but to tell them about Jesus.  This year as the team goes to Toloha they are still working to bring the villagers clean water BUT they are really focused on the people – on building relationships, listening to their stories, telling them about Jesus and casting vision for the future development of the village.  Our partnership with the village of Toloha is a long term partnership, not just a water project we do for a few years and then move on. Over the past 2 months the vision/travel team has been meeting at least every other week to cast vision, pray, study, plan and fellowship.  This has been so valuable – the team has been walking through a video series of what poverty is through a Christian worldview and how to address it in a way that empowers the people and gives a hand up rather than a hand out. With all of our current budget directed toward the water pipeline, each team member has raised their own financial support and thanks to the creativity of many, a ministry budget has also been raised. A separate team has been working diligently to figure out just how we can effectively share the truth of the Gospel with a people of a different language and culture. Thanks to the ministry budget, the team now has access to many resources in Swahili that will help them to proclaim the Gospel!  We have solar powered MP3 players with the Bible and expository teaching in Swahili, we have Swahili tracts, we have the Jesus Film in Swahili and we have access to Bibles in Swahili. Going to Toloha is pretty uncharted territory but God has been so faithful to confirm and to lead us to this point and we have no doubt that he will continue to do so.  We do not know what every minute or hour will hold as we go to Toloha, but we certainly know who holds each of those minutes and hours.  We are thrilled, and a little nervous, for what is ahead.  We would truly appreciate your prayers as we go. We will be posting a prayer list right here within the next few days. You can also...

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The Wait is OVER!!!

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Clean Water, Daniel's stories, Fundraising, Get involved, Photography by Josh Spear, Praise Report, Program Update, Toloha Water Walk 2014, written by Lindsay | 0 comments

Bringing clean water to Toloha has proven to be a test of patience for all parties involved. Toloha Partnership has been actively seeking to bring clean water to Toloha for over 2 years, Daniel has been working in the U.S. to accomplish this for over 10 years and some of the villagers of Toloha have been waiting their entire lives. The wait is now over! The hard labor is about to begin. A “lorry” (a.k.a. a delivery truck) carrying 2 km (1.24 miles) of pipe is on its way to Toloha as I am writing this. I cannot express the emotions that our board, Daniel or the people of Toloha are feeling right now. God is so good. God has remembered the village. The fact that we did not meet our initial goal of breaking ground in January just means our human calculations are nothing compared to God’s timing. God knows what he is doing here and He has been working all these years to show his immeasurable compassion and grace to the people of Toloha, Daniel, and every single person involved in this initiative. Thank you! Today, we want to thank you all. Every person who has prayed, given money, gotten out there to fundraise, carried water, travelled to Toloha from Germany, the US, Dar es Salaam, repaired the pipe for so many years, shared with us your hopes and dreams and kept them alive all these years. God has worked through all of you! And this does not stop with water. God is pouring the water of eternal life into Toloha. Praise God with Us! Please take a moment with us today and praise God for what has and is happening in Toloha! Praise the Lord! We give all the glory to God! We will be sharing photos of the pipes and the work being done soon, so please check back! Please feel free to leave comments and questions in the comment section below! We would love to hear from...

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A New Website!!!

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Fundraising, Get involved, Photography by Josh Spear, Praise Report | 0 comments

A New Website!!!

Welcome to our new site! We are so excited to introduce you to it! Take a look around and let us know what you think in the comments below! Thank you so much for visiting. Make sure to head to the Water Walk page to register for the 2nd Annual Toloha Water Walk on march 22, 2014 in Kinston!

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