The need to build a strong and caring view of the world was behind Washington Adventist University’s (WAU) recent trip to Tanzania, the second of two this summer led by the Department of Ministry. The first was a May trip to Russia where students and staff participated in service activities, as well as explore historic and cultural sites in Moscow.
"By participating in these mission trips, students build a strong caring view of the world and grow closer to God, as well as to each other ,” said Vice President of Ministry, Baraka Muganda who led the Tanzania trip.
“It is important to take students beyond books and classrooms to places outside their comfort zones,” added Muganda. “We want to teach them how to serve.”
For this 13 member team, outside their comfort zone was Dar Es Salaam where the group stayed from May 13 to June 18. Dar Es Salaam is the largest city in the East African country of Tanzania, one of the oldest known inhabited areas on earth.
Students led Vacation Bible School while Muganda took charge of evangelistic meetings.
“In VBS, we taught God's love in ways that would apply to their various ages,” said Keneil Williams, chaplain for ministry. “They were able to understand God at their own level.” Overall, the program graduated more than 200 children. Each received a Bible.
Evangelistic meetings, meanwhile, had attendances of more than 5,000 people each day while Sabbath attendance topped an estimated 40,000 participating personally or tuned in to radio or STAR TV. Before the trip was over, almost 900 people would be baptized.
“Students return with brand new lenses through which to view life, and how they can make a tangible difference in the lives of those they serve,” said Muganda.