N.E.T.S. Testimony in Tanzania

During November, Harvest Ministry’s N.E.T.S. (National Evangelism Team Support) leader, Naboth Tumuhairwe, traveled over rough mountainous roads to share the Good News in a remote area in Tanzania. Over 2,000 people came to hear the preaching of the Gospel message, and multitudes repented of their sins and prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Exciting personal reports were given during the outreach, including many people who testified of being healed by God and powerfully delivered.

However, the outreach was not without a struggle.

En route to the mission, the brakes on Naboth’s ministry truck stopped working, and his vehicle rolled three times down the steep mountainside approximately 500 yards. Thankfully (and with tremendous praise to God), other than a few aches and pains, no one was injured, although the vehicle was totally smashed and ruined.

The roads in Africa are often so dangerous. Five years ago — right about this time of the year — another beloved N.E.T.S. Minister, Jimmy Onaali, was tragically killed in a car accident en route to a prayer meeting. And many times, we have had close calls on dangerous roads.

We are so thankful for God’s protection over Naboth’s and his mission team’s lives, and we praise God that they were able to borrow a car to go forward to complete the mission.

However, along with this praise report of exciting mission testimonies from Tanzania, we also need to share a big mission need. Due to this terrible accident, our dear ministry co-worker and N.E.T.S. Minister Naboth (who oversees several hundred village churches and also directs Harvest Ministry’s Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center with over 500 orphan children) is now without a very-necessary ministry vehicle.

It’s a very big need, but if anyone could help, please let us know.
And please pray.

Here are a few photos of the wrecked ministry truck.

We do praise God for His protection over all who were involved in this life-threatening accident, and pray for God’s provision for another vehicle for Naboth and his mission work.

The ministry continues . . .

For now, back in Mbarara, Uganda, the ministry continues. Here is a December photo of Naboth at his home church, from a recent AFRICA MY DREAM conference. Notice the altar call in the background, and how the Lord is moving among the people in the congregation:

Money & Missions

How we spend our money is a direct reflection of where our heart is focused.

How your family views money and possessions is intrinsically connected with how you view God’s priorities in life. As Christians, we should have the perspective that everything belongs to God: all of our time, all of our talents, all of our life decisions, and yes, all of our money.

I believe it’s important to teach our children about God’s principle of tithing (giving 10 percent of our income to Him), but even more importantly, we need to instill in our family that 100 percent of everything in our lives belongs to God. This principle is much easier caught—by our example—than taught by our words.

Even if your family never lives in a foreign country, you’re still called to be fulltime mission-minded followers, and to participate in expanding God’s kingdom—both locally, and throughout the world.


As Hudson Taylor, the famous missionary to China, often said,
“The Great Commission is not an option to consider,
but a command to obey.”

There are many ways your family could raise extra money to support international mission projects. Here is a list of activities commonly used by children’s churches, youth groups, and short-term mission teams.

The time will come, however, as your mission-commitment grows, when “occassional” fundraising efforts won’t be enough.

 A true mission-minded family simply needs to earn and save money, step out in faith and trust, and manage (or “steward”) those resources according to what’s most important . . . for God’s kingdom-purposes, and for eternity.

Easy Ideas to Rai$e Money for Missions
  • Have your children decorate a special container, perhaps with a photo, and begin saving coins for a specific mission project.
  • Make a “thermometer” to chart a specific family mission goal, and put it on your refrigerator.
  • Have a yard sale with all proceeds going for a specific mission project.
  • Have each family member offer to do work for relatives or friends (such as housecleaning, laundry, child care, or yard work) in exchange for people donating toward a special mission project.
  • Collect newspapers for recycling.
  • Recycle aluminum (and go around neighborhoods to get even more).
  • Organize a car wash; rather than charging a set amount, receive donations.
  • Make and sell something, like a craft project or a baked item.
  • Receive mission donations for after-church lattes and espressos.
  • Have a “multiply your talents” project. Give each family member a certain amount of money with the mission-minded purpose of using this money, along with his or her talents, abilities, and creativity, for a specified length of time (perhaps two weeks, or one month) to raise money for a specific mission project. A child could use the money to buy gas for a lawn mower, to buy lemonade to sell on the corner, or to buy ingredients for a neighborhood bake sale. At the end of the designated time have each family member return the original money, along with the surplus he or she raised, and give it toward the mission project.
  • Remember, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”

    A great way to “earn money” for missions is simply to SAVE MONEY for MISSIONS. Instead of window-shopping through the malls, or overspending on too many Christmas gifts, stay away from the stores and be on-the-lookout for international mission needs and local benevolence projects.

Motivating for Missions at FamilyLife

Ann Dunagan with Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine – Click on each link for the broadcast and full transcript of each interview

DAY #1 – FamilyLifeToday BROADCAST – “Living a Life of Surrender”
DAY #2 – FamilyLifeToday BROADCAST – “Leading Your Family in the Great Commission”

DAY #3 – FamilyLifeToday BROADCAST – “Preparing for Missions”

More about Ann’s Mission-Minded books featured on the broadcast:
The Mission-Minded Family – Releasing Your Family to God’s Destiny
The Mission-Minded Child – Raising a New Generation to Fulfill God’s Purpose

Ann traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas to record six radio programs at the ministry studios of Family Life (three programs for Family Life Today with Bob Lepine and Dennis Rainey and three programs for the women’s ministry of Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss, which will broadcast at a later date). The shows focused on the importance of God’s Great Commission and being a “Mission-Minded Family.” It was an amazing experience! Thank you for your prayers (and thank you, Jesus!!!).

Josh & Anna’s Wedding

On November 12th, 2010, Joshua Michael Dunagan and Anna Leigh Mow were joined by God in covenant marriage, with JOY and anticipation for the future!!!

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Josh & Anna Dunagan!

May God direct your new life together, and your steps ahead
for His kingdom purposes, and for His GLORY!!!