Member Stories

By Ephraim Nkonya Introduction Philemon is a straight shooter and a face value man – what you see is what you get. It was sometimes embarrassing and scary to hear how he freely discussed with ease his adolescence silly years and the mess he made. I kept asking him, are you sure, you want this to...

An educationist with passion to nurture young people and Adventist institutions in Africa By Ephraim Nkonya Introduction Same District has a heavy footprint of Adventism across Tanzania. The reason is simple –the first Adventist missionaries in Tanzania started their work in Same District. On November 17, 1903, Abraham Enns – a Painter and Johannes Ehlers – and agricultural...

By Ephraim Nkonya Eliamani Saburi is one of the founders of TAUS Inc and his story will help you to understand the background of his blessed life of service to the Lord and TAUS’s early history. His family and social life in general is also inspiring. This story covers his childhood, Family life and his role...

Naelijwa which means “I am sanctified” lives a venerated life of service to others just like what Jesus said “For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? Is not he that sitteth at meat? Luke 22:25 ( KJV). B ut what is the source of Naelijwa’s life of service that...

By Ephraim Nkonya Childhood Every parent of a baby girl has a prayer, a wish and a dream for her/his child to be the sunshine, fountain of blessing, a balm to a hurting world, and the girl that splits impossible into its two parts – “I’m possible.” As Yuster’s mom and daddy expected their baby girl to...

By Ephraim Nkonya When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, "Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit." (John 1:47). This is what you see when you meet Russell Thomas for the first time. His slender build, humble posture, the smiley face that he always wears, and the soft and gentle...

By Ephraim Nkonya Perched on a 1,350 meter above sea level on the Pare hills, Mbaga-Msindo Mararo is a famous village in Same district. Its fame is rooted in the early Lutheran church establishment that made it a central village among the Pare people in Tanzania. This is where Paul Makoko was born and raised by...

By Ephraim Nkonya Meet Pilly, the fearless girl with indomitable will – who like Jesus – bravely challenges traditions and taboos, which limit girls’ social and economic development in Africa. Meet her husband Chris, who – like Pilly – is uncorked and open-minded to not only dare live in one of the remotest places on earth,...

By Ephraim Nkonya He is a soft-spoken, tall and gentle giant with a knack of sharing information, caring and innovations. He was raised in the Rocky City of Mwanza by an Adventist mother and a non-Adventist father. He is the first child of five children. During his childhood, he used to play soccer on the famous...

By Ephraim Nkonya Orupa carries a radiant smile that gives you one clear sign right at first sight – she is a pleasant young lady, full of grace and happiness that we read in Philippians 4:4 which urges us to “always rejoice in the Lord.” A resident of Maryland and third generation Adventist and daughter of...