After spending a week in Tanzania at the Arise Kilimanjaro Festival, Jenna Silva has gained a deeper appreciation for how God’s power manifests itself when His people work together.
MSI’s director of development joined other evangelists with Proclamation Evangelism Network (PEN) and Luis Palau’s Next Generation Alliance (NGA) for a series of nine rallies, conferences and outreaches organized by churches in the Mount Kilimanjaro region.
“It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life,” she says. “I fell in love with the people, the place and the culture. The pastors there love the Lord, teach the Bible and are committed to God’s Word.
“At first the numbers were small, but by the end of the week more churches were coming and they were inspired to work together. No matter what the country, what continent, or what language is spoken, getting churches to work together is a challenge.”
While Jenna returned home with a love for the people in Tanzania, she also has a heavy heart for the spiritual oppressions she sensed and the overwhelming needs she saw.
Unemployment is high and she fielded numerous prayer requests for work or from women whose husbands had abandoned their family.
It is a very hard life, Jenna says, where many people have only the most meager of possessions and great spiritual needs.
“However, this festival was a great start,” she says. “Please continue to pray for this nation and that the work started there will continue.”