Dear Family and Friends,
Thank you for your encouragement and prayer support. It has been six months since we last wrote to you about our missionary journey. It has been an exciting time, seeing our God opening his doors for the calling he has on our lives. We are reminded of this in Revelation 3:7-8 “What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut”. Throughout these past months we walked through many open doors that have demonstrated this to us.
We applied to Africa Inland Mission and have completed the application process which included in-depth medical examination and a detailed psychological testing. This test showed us that we could struggle with language learning and the climate. In this time frame also there was a major confirmation to us that our family home of 21 years was sold within a very short time and we were able to down size to a lovely two bedroom villa in East Gosford.
On the 27th of June 2014 we had our formal interview with African Inland Mission. We received conditional approval on the 10th of July to serve as full-term members of African Inland Mission. It is conditional on completion of our Bible studies, raising our financial and prayer support, completing the African Inland Mission Outbound program (which is additional reading and discussions with a mentor) and Orientation.
We both have now completed the first two subjects in our online Bible Course, the course requirement is ten subjects, which we are enjoying greatly and learning many Biblical truths.
Our planned trip to Tanzania of June 2014 has been deferred to 10 November 2014. Upon arrival we will visit a language school to receive a first-hand understanding of what is involved in learning Swahili. Then we will spend about seven days at Safina Street Network (a ministry to the street children of Dar es Salaam) meeting the team and children. This ministry is completely done in Swahili. Then we will travel to Mwanza near Lake Victoria and visit the Bulima Village (which includes the Nassa Bible College, Lion of Judah School, a school offering affordable education to all Tanzania children from the Bible college students to AIDS orphans and the Bulima local Church the first AIM missionary church in Tanzania) this is an alternative ministry opportunity for us to consider. This ministry is done in English and may also involve training a national finance officer. We will still need to learn some Swahili to communicate with the locals.
We have now taken the deliberate step of faith and have moved from planning, to preparing to go to Tanzania in July 2015 for a period of two years. As we look and plan ahead we are now starting to build our support team. On the 28th of September at our home church, Wyoming Church of Christ. We will both share our calling and Norm will present the word of God. Then we will be looking for every opportunity to share with as many other churches, family and friends. Our financial support budget for our ministry in Tanzania will be around the forty thousand dollars per annum.
Thus we are now looking for prayer and financial supporters to partner with us on this journey. If you would like to join our team as prayer or financial partners or would just like to receive our newsletters, please return the attached partnership form. We are very conscious we cannot do this alone.
Thank you for your continued encouragement and prayer support thus far on our journey to Tanzania.
Serving Christ Together
Norm and Noeline Scott
Sale of our house and moving to East Gosford
For the completion of the application stage of our journey with AIM
The enjoyment of studying the word of God.
That we raise our financial and pray support
For our trip in November (10th November to 1st December) to Dar es Salaam and Mwanza to seek God’s leading into which ministry he would have us serve in.
As Norm has a full knee replacement surgery on the 11th December, for safety and a quick recovery and fully range of mobility back into his left leg.
Continual enjoyment as we study the word of God
Good time management to meet all our requirements