TCFDT Team Trip 2011 (1July11 - 17July11)


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On 1 July 2011 John Tuff and David Sharpe set off from Belfast City airport  for 2 weeks to carry out various tasks at the TCFDT Childrens Home Staff House. After 4 flights over 2 days including landing on dirt runways and driving on bumpy roads for hours, we arrived in Tabora and stayed there for about 2 weeks.


As part of the trip we stayed with an American Missionary Couple -  Tim and Kim Whitfield who are serving the Lord in Tabora planting churches and leading the work of the Vocational Bible College. It was a great blessing to spend time with them to see how they are working in the Mission Field in Tanzania.


On the Sunday that we were present in Tabora, we were able to attend a service at the Ndevelwa Church located at the Ndevelwa Farm, where Pastor John (local Tanzanian) now pastors the church. We rejoice that a Sunday School has commenced and the numbers have doubled to over 40.

During the 2-week trip, there was a lot of practical work involved in completing the new Staff/Volunteer complex. This involved working with local Tanzanians which was a blessing and also challenging at times due to the language barrier. 

  • Over 700m of electrical cables were laid, with the light-switches, plug-sockets and consumer unit installed
  • Soil pipes for the toilets, showers and sinks were installed and some of the ceilings were put up
  • Tiling was started in the bathrooms and finished floors in the main kitchen areas were completed


We rejoice that there were many answers to prayer during the trip. There were no travel issues, work permits were issued to enable us to work and we were able to work in the 30+ degree heat.

“O Taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him”, Psalms 34:8