Posts Tagged ‘orphans’

IOP Cistern Project

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Ilula Orphan Program provides education and care for over 1200 HIV Aids orphans in the Kilolo District of Tanzania.  Student sponsorships from 16 countries are providing for this education and care through IOP’s orphanage and Foster Family Program.

Clean water is a valuable resource the world over. Every community is concerned about possessing an abundance of clean water. Inadequate, unclean, and unsafe water supplies are normal for most communities in Developing Nations. Four years ago a well with clean fresh water was completed and now provides an abundance of clean water for the Orphan Center.  

IOP continues to expand. We have experienced the need for clean water in a newer section of the orphanage property. The Guest House, the Internet Cafe, and the shops along the highway do not have access to clean water. We are planning to construct a cistern to meet the water needs of the newly constructed buildings.  

A 20,000 gallon capacity below ground cistern will provide an adequate amount of clean safe water. The project will require about 25,000 bricks with gravel, sand, and cement to make the concrete. Fine sand will be needed for plastering the inside walls. In addition we will need guttering, down spouts, and appropriate piping to transport the rain water to the cistern from each of the buildings. A pump and water lines will be needed to get the water from the cistern to the Guest House and other buildings.

 The estimated cost for the construction of the cistern, guttering, pump, and water lines is estimated at $11,000.

 We are thankful for your previous prayers and support for the Ilula Orphan Program. Your contributions to assist in the construction of this clean water source for the guests, workers, and vulnerable orphan children is greatly appreciated.

Contributions for this new water project can be sent to

Emerging Mission Mnistries, PO Box 116, Fort Branch, IN  47648



Invest in Development

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Invest in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals

“Eradicating extreme poverty continues to be one of the main challenges of our time, and is a major concern of the international community. Ending this scourge will require the combined efforts of all, governments, civil society organizations and the private sector, in the context of a stronger and more effective global partnership for development. The Millennium Development Goals set timebound targets, by which progress in reducing income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter and exclusion — while promoting gender equality, health, education and environmental sustainability — can be measured. They also embody basic human rights — the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter and security. The Goals are ambitious but feasible and, together with the comprehensive United Nations development agenda, set the course for the world’s efforts to alleviate extreme poverty by 2015. “                                                                                                                                              United Nations Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon

        We have developed a Pastors Seminar and Retreat Center in Ilula, Tanzania. We began the seminar at the request of Tanzanian United Methodist pastors in 2007. Many of the pastors serve churches without attaining adequate education. We have over the past three years, taught short term classes during two weeks in January in Theology, Bible, Missiology, Christian Education, Evangelism, and Stewardship. All evaluations have been excellent and we are continually challenged to offer more training opportunities. Two other pastors and a Bible professor serve as volunteer staff with me.

         The goals of the pastors seminar share ideology with the 1990 United Nations’ Eight Millennium Development Goals for which hunger and poverty are to be halved by 2015. This past January our classes included three women pastors and Lay Leaders, which embraces the Millennium Development Goal of gender equality. The Pastors Seminar is being expanded to include Vocational Training. The vocational training includes methods for increased agriculture productivity through poultry production, bee keeping, and new techniques of gardening. Another aspect of the technological training will include knowledge and training in Industrial Arts with the pastors learning techniques of carpentry.

         The churches provide basic leadership in the rural communities. With the pastors teaching the new techniques of food production and opportunities for employment as carpenters, the church community will lead villages and rural communities to attain the reduction of poverty and environmental sustainability in Africa as per the Millennium Development Goals.

         Ilula was selected as the location for the Tanzanian seminar because of its strategic location. It is the home of the Ilula Orphan Program and is located on one of Tanzania’s two improved roads nearly half the distance from Dar es Salaam to Zambia. A successful trucking industry has been established and provides employment for long distance over-the-road truck drivers from companies in Dar es Salaam and Zambia. The trucking industry has introduced long haul drivers to the area seeking food and overnight accommodations. The trucking industry has resulted in some new service opportunities for local employment. Unfortunately it has also been the cause of increase sexual activity between the drivers and local residents. The unfortunate result is the escalation of the HIV Aids virus which increases the number of orphans as parents succumb to the disease. Two of the Millennium Development Goals are to combat HIV Aids and assure that all children receive a basic education. The Pastors Seminar supports and works alongside the Ilula Orphan Program providing HIV Aids prevention and crisis counseling, and through Student Sponsor and Foster Family Programs is assisting with the education and care for more than 1200 HIV Aids orphans. We have added a medical professional on the Pastors Seminar staff to address how the pastors can effectively provide HIV Aids prevention and crisis counseling in their church communities.

         In July of 2010, after having served congregations for 37 years, I retired from parish ministry in the United Methodist Church of the Indiana Conference. I have made several volunteer-in-mission trips to Tanzania and other countries and am experiencing a strong desire to assist pastors in the Developing World to obtain the necessary education to lead their church communities. I plan to conduct two seminars in Tanzania in 2011 consisting of 2 weeks each. One in Ilula and the other in Kigoma, located in the western sector of the country. The inclusion of a seminar in Kigoma will decrease the cost of transportation for some of the pastors who travel across country to attend the seminars.

         I am extending an invitation for your corporation to invest in this International Level Training to help achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

         In order to provide one seminar we must raise the following funds: Transportation, food, books, accommodations, and supplies is $280 per student. The impoverished churches cannot provide salaries for the pastors therefore we raise funds to transport, accommodate, feed, and train pastors. The per capita income for Ilula and the Iringa Region is less than the equivalent of 50 cents per day. The transportation, accommodations, food, teaching supplies, and travel insurance for the teaching staff is $2825 each. Honorariums for interpreters is $300. Tanzanian Teaching Assistants in Agriculture, Industrial Arts, and an HIV Aids medical professional is $1200. Plans to increase the number of seminars to 2 per year and to extend some of the seminars to 4 weeks will require additional funds. To provide the funding for a 2 week seminar for 20 students, 4 teachers-professors, 1 HIV Aids medical professional, 4 interpreters, 2 Agriculture and Industrial Art instructors we must raise $20,425. This amount includes $500 per week compensation for teachers-professors. Thirty-four pastors and Lay Leaders indicated their desire to participate in the January 2010 seminar, however we could only raise funds to allow for an attendance of 20 pastors.

         Your investment is tax deductible. Please send funds to Emerging Mission Ministries, First United Methodist Church, PO Box 116, Fort Branch, Indiana 47648.

         In order to become more involved with Ilula Orphan Program, a mission ministry that is only 12 years old, includes 17 programs to help vulnerable and impoverished people, attained over 200 acres, has 49 employees, established a new church, animal husbandry, farming/gardening, sponsors over 1200 orphaned students, is building a High School, you are invited to come and visit us at Ilula, Tanzania.

         You may support the entire pastors seminar or any individual segment of the program. All responses will be itemized, recorded and posted for the benefit of the benefactor.

Pastors Seminar and Retreat program ____

Ilula Orphan Program ____     Students Tuition ____

 Instructors expenses ____      Instructors compensation ____

Construction of Pastors Seminar and Retreat Center ____


Thanks for your time and assistance.

John E. Windell


The Pastors Seminar is held on property owned by the Ilula Orphan Program. We are planning to construct a Pastors Seminar and Retreat Center in Ilula on property that has been made available. Watch for details on the web site.


Advent 1

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Advent is a futuristic event that resounds from the past and surrounds our presence. We were at the mall. I saw the sign and stopped for curiosity’s sake. “Ice Cream of the Future” so named because the astronauts eat it. I sampled the BB sized ice cream pellets kept at 30 degrees below zero. It was delectable! The ice cream and the Christmas décor piqued my future and present senses. 

We were the best kind of tired. Forty-five of us had toiled together loading a 23,000 cubic foot shipping container bound for the Ilula Orphan Program in Ilula, Tanzania. IOP is providing for over 12,000 orphans. The best kind of tired is the joy received from giving for the benefit of others. 

The Hebrew writer teaches that it was for joy Jesus endured the cross. I wonder whose joy? His joy? I doubt that it was a joyful experience for him. It was for the benefit of others that Jesus endured the cross. I suspect rather then, it was for our joy. Whenever we exert ourselves for the benefit of others the presence of Christ saturates us. When the orphanage receives the container loaded with supplies and gifts, the presence of Christ will saturate and overflow the senses of the entire village. 

It’s been called Africa’s biggest humanitarian crisis. Fatima Usman has seen two of her children die from hunger and another from cholera. Her remaining 4 month-old child is getting help from a clinic. But her body is not producing enough milk for him.

Advent means God “coming to” us. It’s a futuristic event that piques our senses through messages of the past and occurrences of the present. As we make preparations for the Feast of Christmas, God’s presence will invade our senses. How can your Advent preparations make a difference for others?