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Church building opened and dedicated in Tanzania

daniel and jane

Daniel and Jane

On Saturday June 9th we had the privilege of opening and dedicating the newly constructed Immanuel Church for the Deaf in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Daniel Njihia has been working as a missionary from Kenya for 9 years. During this time he has pastored the Immanuel Church for the Deaf In Dar Es Salaam and has been instrumental in starting many other churches around Tanzania. On June 9th we had the joy along with a group from the UK and Norway to open and dedicate the newly constructed building.

With money given by the Collingwood Christian Chapel in Melbourne we purchased the land, and with the help of the Bridge Building Trust of the UK and local donations from the Tanzanian Deaf, the building was completed. For years we have used a class room through the courtesy of the local Lutheran Church , now the congregation has it’s own building and office space for the church and the pastor.

Work still need to be done on the kitchen. For us westerners we marvelled that a meal for 150 people could be prepared in the current “kitchen”!

Our Ian read the scripture at the Sunday service. Ian has Down Syndrome and astounded the African deaf with his ability.

Bridge Builder team from the UK conducted a teaching seminar for church leaders around the time of the church opening.


Original building


New building


Teaching seminar


Ian doing the bible reading

celebrations dancing opening


Cooking for 150 people!


Cleaning up