Tanzania Trip 2007


A Baobab Tree grows in Dodoma, Tanzania

In November of this year, Fr Francis will go to Tanzania, keeping the promise made earlier this year to go to Tanzania and to teach clergy and other church leaders, the basics of the Christian faith. This is his 6th Africa trip.


Why does he do this?

God calls him to do this. Bishop Fick and the people of the church send him. He is empowered by the Holy Spirit and your prayers and donations. He doesn’t go if you don’t send him. Some funds remain available from the postponed August trip, but more is needed so more may be done this trip. Your donations make this trip possible.

Please help keep this work going. This ministry is a mendicant order; it relies on begging; it relies on your prayers and on your donations.

Where do you send him?

What do you send him to do?

He will go to Tanzania, to a large African indigenous church, the Gospel Catholic Church. The diocese is led by Bishop Daudi Chidawali. He is married to Edinah and together they have three children.

The GCC has 200 parishes and 80 clergy. The GCC has great needs for Christian education. The best plan is to train the clergy and other church leaders so that they might teach the people.

Classes will be held in several different locations around the center of Tanzania. In each location, Fr Francis will spend two or three days, teaching the basics of God and church.

There will also be extensive time for sharing, listening, and prayer. We will get to know them and they will get to know us. This is a trip of observation and research to plan for future trips there.


This is good work which few others do. It is hard and primitive. All eat from common pots and all live in simple huts. There is a scarcity of electricity. People learn to live without it. Baths are taken with small tubs of tepid water behind the hut. Lavatory facilities are basic, a simple latrine. And the Lord is praised and exalted!


O God, who hast made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and didst send thy blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after thee and find thee; bring the nations into thy fold; pour out thy Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of thy kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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