On July 1st our “Africa Team” will be flying from Houston to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This will be my eighth mission trip to Africa and the sixth year Meg Rice and I have gone together to teach Sex, God & Me in Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda. This year we have assembled and trained the team of Eileen and Chris Hairel (Eileen is chair of the World Mission Committee at SJD), David Russell (who has spent the past two years with his family as missionaries in Dar), Carolyn Kirklin, and Chaille Hutcheson who will join us for this mission. We will begin our trip in Dar es Salem where will join our dear friend, Bishop Valentine Mokiwa, in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Diocese of Dar es Salaam. While there we will participate in several worship services at the Cathedral, join in dedicating two water wells that have been drilled with equipment provided by the Rev. Howard Castleberry’s Christ Church (Episcopal) in Nacogdoches, Texas, and join in the dedication of a new orphanage for the diocese.
From Dar we will fly to Kilimanjaro Airport on July 6th and then travel north across the border to Kimana, Kenya where we will spend several days teaching Sex, God, & Me at Oloile Secondary School. At the same time I will conduct my 8th Annual Pastors’ Conference with around 100 maasai pastors who travel from as far away as 50 miles to spend three days attending the conference. There we will be joined by Rev. Dr. Moses Pulei, founder of Staff of Hope and the Rev. Moses Muguro from Nairobi. Rev. Muguro has been teaching SG&M in Nairobi for the past five years.
We will leave Oloile on Saturday, July 10th, travel back into Tanzania, and spend a couple of days on photo safari in the Ngorongoro Crater. Our trip will conclude with two days teaching in Arusha, Tanzania, and observing our SG&M Tanzania team who have been reaching thousands of young men and women with SG&M program.
I invite you to join in following us during our trip and sharing this blog with everyone who might be interested in following us.
Yours in Christ, Rev. Doug Richnow+