Where There Is No Vision The People Perish – Tanzania (Day 2)

Today we kicked off Day 2 of our #Compassion #Tanzania trip bright and early with a little breakfast prior to heading to the AICT African Island Church Tanzania. For the sake of wordiness and consistency, I’ll simply refer to this project as AITC. This was an amazing experience, amazing project, amazing kids and the potential for this project is off the charts. AICT is a relatively new project serving over 250 kids. Of the 250+ kids in the project only 53 of those kids are still in need of a sponsor.

You can actually sponsor a kid specifically from the AICT project by clicking this link… (see pics below) Last time I checked there were 16 kids available on the Compassion site from this particular project and plenty of other kids in need of a sponsor from Tanzania. LaKendria and I are excited about sponsoring a child from Tanzania.

Each day I’m taking in so much information, emotions and stories. Todays emotions were filled with the joys of seeing these little kids have so much fun playing the basic children playground games, smiling for the camera, being mesmerized by my white hellosomebody (hello freedom) watch (see pic below), kids sharing their testimonies, kids singing, the vision the Project Director has for AICT and the list of joys go on and on like this run-on rambling sentence. The entire Compassion Bloggers team left with joyful memories.

On the flip-side of the joyful emotions you had the sadness that came with visiting the home of a poverty stricken family of this 3-year-old little girl Latecia. Latecia is in need of a Sponsor and her mother and brother are in need of hope. (see pic below) We were able to pray over the family, prayers to help them to find the hope that can only be found in Christ. This family has to walk 15 minutes one-way to get water and often times they are unable to afford it. Coming from the US where we have plenty and going to a place like Tanzania, where extreme poverty seems to be par for the course… no matter how you slice it, the emotion of sadness is triggered.

The great thing about seeing extreme poverty and being faced with the question of “What am I going to do about it?” Fortunately, for answsering that question as it relates to Tanzania, God is already doing some amazing work through Compassion International’s holistic ministry approach. With Compassion $38 a month can answer that question of “What am I going to do about it.” $38 a month basically provides:

  • Food and Clean Drinking Water
  • Medical Care and Advocacy
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Life-skills and Leadership Training
  • Understanding Of What It Means To Have a Lifelong relationship with Jesus.

In my opinion I feel that the key to the success of Compassion’s Projects in under-served communities around the globe is the fact that they are Christ centered and a have a clear vision to serve the spiritual, physical, social and educational needs of children in need around the world and right here in Tanzania. As a pastor, I have always embraced the fact that vision is critical to success:

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he. Proverbs 29:18

I loved hearing Samson’s vision for the Project. Samson is the Project Director (see pic below) and his vision is a laundry list of things that he wants to accomplish by 2022. Everything from every child being sponsored, new classroom space, additional office space and a plethora of other things that will allow them to serve more kids. He had a 10-year plan filled with hope, joy, success and a plan to realize their potential. He was excited about what could be and had an expectant heart for what will be.

I loved hearing this young man named James that is part of the AICT Project bring the word today… (see pic below)  He spoke a Biblical message about vision and God’s love for the children. Coinceidentally I mean God put his fingerprint on this trip as 10-year-old James spoke from Matthew 19:13-14, which is exactly the scripture God gave me to share in my post from yesterday. As he was preaching, Shaun Groves and I just looked at each other and smiled as this young man spoke a powerful vision message about God’s love for the children and what can be.
Compassion international is changing the life course for children in poverty around the globe. You, your family and friends can be a part of that life-change for a nominal commitment. Everyone will end up somewhere; however few will end up somewhere on purpose. Compassion international sponsors have already helped 1.2 million kids chart a new course through sponsorship. Many of you reading this post have helped to make that 1.2 million happen and others of you will be a part of making the next 1.2 million happen.

“Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.” ~Joel Barker

Compassion has action with vision… Be a Part Of The Vision Today.

Pics Below & Video Below: (The last image is a video walk-through of the Project)

Hanging with kids from the AITC Project

Kids mesmerized by my HelloSomebody - Hello Freedom Watch

Latecia, her mom Agnes & brother Michael

AITC Project Director Samson with "Big Vision"

10-Year-Old James Preaching

My favorite pic. that I took of Latecia

I am going to ask you that question again… You see the problem, you hear the vision, “What are you going to do about it?” Sponsor a child from Tanzania right here.

Share your thoughts on the importance of vision. 

Would you agree that Compassion’s success and holistic approach makes it an organization with Action & Vision?

Any questions, thoughts or observations? Thanks for reading!

  • http://www.frugalandfocused.com/ Janet

    Your statement:
     ”In my opinion I feel that the key to the success of Compassion’s
    Projects in under-served communities around the globe is the fact that
    they are Christ centered and a have a clear vision to serve the
    spiritual, physical, social and educational needs of children in need
    around the world and right here in Tanzania.”

    This Christ-centered holistic approach to the care for those in need is why my family and I love the Compassion ministry so much. Thank you for sharing your perspective and experiences. I love be able to see through pictures and the words of others how God is using Compassion.

    • ScottWilliams

      Thanks for taking the time to comment… God is definitely using Compassion.

  • Louise

    Wow! Our sponsored young man lives in Tanzania!!!! It would be totally awesome if you saw him! Please post if you meet a boy named “William”.

    Thank you, and God bless!!!!!

    • ScottWilliams

      There are lots of William’s… Do you know what project # He’s at?

  • Steve Jones

    Great post, great pics and great video! I love when God lines up those little coincidences to remind us that He is right there with us. Keep listening to His promptings!

    • ScottWilliams

      It was crazy funny… love those moments.

  • http://blessedtobeahomemakingmom.blogspot.com/ Yvonne

    What a blessing that the center is outgrowing their space! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your day.

    • ScottWilliams

      I know… love to see the growth, doing a lot with a little.

  • http://twitter.com/emilypfreeman emily p freeman

    Yes, what you say here – where there is no vision, the people perish. We so need to hold onto that hope. 15 minutes one way for water? And then they may not even be able to afford it? Water?! It is just unbelievable.

    Thank you for going and for keeping your eyes open, Scott. Thank you for sharing what you see with us – not one minute is wasted.

    • ScottWilliams

      I know… today we walked about 5 minutes with a young man so that he could go and buy some water. Crazy!

  • Jill Foley

    “Compassion has action with vision” – I love that! And it’s true – they do. And it’s evident in everything they do.

    Beautiful images and I love the video. Thanks!

    • ScottWilliams

      It’s the only way that it works… action and vision.

  • Sue S.

    If you get to the AICT Ihayabuyaga Student Center, please say hello to Elizabeth from her sponsor family in MD.  Appreciate the blogging; just learned of it and trying to play catch up with the posts.  Bless you for being a blessing to us back here in the US!

    • ScottWilliams

      We went to an AICT site today, not sure if it’s the same one… sorry I saw your comment afterwards. This schedule is a little off. :) I share some pics in today’s post.

  • Cindy A.

    Sending our greetings to EAGT Picha Ya Ndege Student Center if you make it there!!  Please say hi Godlove from his family in Arizona!!  I love the pictures and stories.  Thank you so much!

    • ScottWilliams

      We are nit going there, but I will let some folks know… Thanks for your sponsorship.

  • Thom Kohl

    Great to read your post and learn more about the area.  It is the next best thing to being there myself!  I sponsor a 10 year old girl named Rose that goes to the Moravian Moria Student Center.  If you visit this Center – please give her a hug from me!

  • http://bowersteamaz.com/ Lashunda Bayer

    Of the 250+ kids in the project only 53 of those kids are still in need of a sponsor.

  • farwicaj

    If you have more pictures I’d love to see them, me and my wife sponsor a child from this area.

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