I’ll be honest, transparent. I wasn’t looking forward to yet again traveling half way around the world! The two-day trip to Iringa, Tanzania would be grueling for this 58-year old body.
I have been there many times before! So, why again? Because this trip was to be special.
It was the tenth year anniversary trip and it would prove to be the most eye-opening for me.
God’s word says that He is able to do more than you will ever ask or think (Ephesians 3:20) and that is what He has done in Tanzania. Let me explain. About fourteen years ago, God gave Kim and I a desire, an idea, a directive, a nudge (whatever it was) to build an orphanage. Of course, we thought it was to
be built for Miracle Hill Ministries in Greenville, SC. For us, that would have been about a twenty-minute drive across town. But God said no – not twenty minutes across town.
A few months later, we had a potential English partner express a desire to build an orphanage in Romania. With much anticipation, Floyd Parker and I bought plane tickets to Romania. After visiting the potential construction site and reviewing the plans, I felt assured that it was not a match with our vision.
We returned home, and then God went silent. We did not hear anything about building an orphanage from God for another eighteen months.
Then, in 2005, Floyd met Mpeli and Neema Mwaisumbe in Iringa, Directors of DBLCH, and the rest is history. We discovered that Iringa had one of the highest aids related deaths in the world … and desperately needing an orphanage to care for children who were living in the bush. My thought was, “God, you are kidding, right? Build an orphanage halfway around the world in a partnership with people whom I have never met? That is crazy, how can we trust them? How about doing this twenty minutes across town, instead of two days across the globe?” God seemed to say, “just trust.” I realized, trust is the only thing we really have. So, in 2006, Daily Bread Life Orphanage opened to its first orphans. Several years later, the children asked to change the name to Daily Bread Life Children’s Home because now, they said, “we have a mother and a father.” With trust, and now 10 years later, over 80 children have been given a home, food, clothing, medical care, and love. Fifteen who once lived in the bush have grown into young adults studying in technical colleges and universities preparing for their future. Since this journey began, five Christian churches have been started, three businesses established, with several more planned, a secondary school has been built, a widows ministry has begun, and a foster care organization established with over 240 kids in Tanzania family foster care. Most important of all, untold numbers have come to know Christ for the first time! Wow!
God did not choose Greenville or Romania – He chose Tanzania. He determines the place and the details. We determine if we are to trust.
Halfway around the world, God led us to join in His work to impact the lives of people we did not know. Why half way around the world? Trust and obey, there is no other way.
-Kip Miller, President/CEO of Eastern Industrial Supplies