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Guide the young man in the way he should go (Prov. 22:6)
I would like to thank you all for all the support and prayers MOKICCO received in August and September. It is quite warm here on Kilimanjaro, but a little colder in the evenings.
The children are healthy and walk to school, and are doing well with their studies.
A major event in September is the youth conference at the Lutheran Bible School and there was a theological seminary in Mwika from 12 to 14 September.
The children have grown up and are now no longer children but young people. The aim of the conference was aimed at the young people. Everyone meets each other, gets to know each other and participates in education. At the conference we had 69 young people of different ages, the youngest 12 and the oldest 22 years old.
The main theme in the teaching was the text from 1 John. 2:14b. “I have written to you, young men, because you are strong and the Word of God abides in you and you have overcome the evil one.” They learned about the rights and responsibilities of young Christians, mass media and entrepreneurship. They were very positive about education. A group of young people aged 18 and older attended the conference. Most people in this group are no longer dependent on MOKICCO. They are independent and have their own chores and can manage well financially. They had to participate in education. At the same time we met the leaders and heard how they are doing. For the youngest, this was also very positive, considering their successes and challenges.
The young people aged 12 to 17 formed a smaller group. During the entire conference, the children from group 7 were sometimes missing because they had national exams. But it was very encouraging to see those who were there participating in the lessons and reflection.
One of them I was happy to meet is Junior Mtui. His mother lives independently, but she is mentally ill. He came to MOKICCO when he was 10 years old and he had not yet gone to kindergarten. He started in first grade and has developed very well. He is now at the top of his class and dreams of becoming a pilot. At first he wanted to become a priest, but when he saw a pilot, he wanted to become a pilot too.
In September I will prepare for my retirement, which will take effect on October 20, 2023. I have worked at the Bible School and Seminary in Mwika, together with my beloved husband Carl-Erik, for 10 years (since 2013) and we have a wonderful had time. When I retire. I plan to live alternately in Sweden and Tanzania.
We are also preparing to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the MOKICCO Chapel, which was inaugurated on October 4, 2013. Many MOKICCO children were small when the chapel was inaugurated, so it is a great joy and gratitude to God for his love , protection and leadership for the 10 years that happened.
We will celebrate it with much praise and gratitude to God.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all the good things he does.”
Overa Seka Sahlberg
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