Randy Barr, a former Lutheran pastor, and his pastor-wife, Anne Reeves, first learned of needs in Tanzania while offering hospitality to a Gettysburg seminary student employed at the Lutheran Teachers College in Mbeya. The college was hoping to acquire 100 or more computers as part of an effort to attain regional university status. Randy soon discovered that Computer Ministry at Mission Central (Methodist), where he served as a volunteer, would donate rebuilt computers for only six dollars each.
In 2012 and 2013, our organization sent two containers loaded with computers, academic books, medical equipment, sewing machines, and many other items by cargo ships to south-central Tanzania. The computers and books played an important part in the official accreditation of Southern Highlands University College in March of 2013. In 2014 we will welcomed a Tanzanian student, John Mwaipopo, who hopes to earn a master’s degree in information technology in Harrisburg, PA. This year we hosted four Tanzanian guests brought here by the Lower Susquehanna Synod (LSS) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Those guests cemented relationships for ongoing work with colleges, businesses and healthcare providers. In November, by the grace of God and partnered with the LSS, we will ship another container of requested medical, educational and technological books, equipment and supplies to hospitals, schools and Churches in Tanzania.