Mon, 09.08.2021 – 11:54
Church providing funds to build wells in African country
HARLAN – Rick Chipman said he used to “pray to God that he does not send me to Africa to be a missionary”.
Now Rick and his wife, Cheryl, say they are “blessed” to participate in mission trips to Tanzania with the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan.
Cheryl and Rick are dedicated church members and strong supporters of the church’s mission trips to Tanzania, an East African country more than 8,000 miles from Iowa.
Despite the enormous distance between these two regions, the Emmanuel Lutheran Church bridges the gap to preach and reunite with the native Tanzanians on their missionary journeys.
Travel restrictions linked to COVID-19 have prevented church members from actually traveling to the country on a mission trip this year, but the church is still working to help in Tanzania.
The church recently provided funds for the construction of two wells to provide drinking water to the Tanzanian population. They have finished drilling a well and have ambassadors working to drill another soon.
The Chipmans have worked on a number of projects to improve the lives of people they visit in Tanzania. They even flew frozen pork semen around the world to improve agriculture in the country.
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