This year an exciting new partnership has been formed in Tanzania between Cru’s Global Aid Network (GAiN®) and Lifelines, the outdoor and experiential learning network of Cru. This trip will include humanitarian work, evangelism, adventure, grace and truth community, and gospel experiences amidst one of God’s most awe-inspiring and diverse places: Tanzania.
Tanzania has a largely rural population. Many people in remote villages lack access to necessary resources. GAiN® partners in Tanzania build relationships with people in many small villages and provide resources such as bucket irrigation kits, food, and medical supplies. We will have the opportunity to help villagers by providing for another great need — eyeglasses.
Our team will travel to the lake region of Tanzania. There we will meet one-to-one with people in several villages to assess vision and provide needed glasses. By providing glasses through these clinics we help GAiN’s partners build stronger relationships in the villages so they can continue to meet critical needs and share the hope of Jesus.
After the vision clinics our team will have a day to enjoy the diversity and creativity of God’s creation with a safari in Serengeti National Park.
Next it’s on to Mt. Kilimanjaro (Kili). At 19,341 feet, Kili is the highpoint of Africa and one of the famed seven summits. It is a breathtaking journey through God’s creative diversity. We will experience five distinct ecological zones during our trek to the summit. This trip focuses on personal growth as we dig into forming a grace and truth community through facilitated reflection and experiential learning. We will sharpen our focus on this as we climb the mountain together. We will also spend time learning and practicing conversational evangelism as we interact with people from around the globe on the same path up the mountain. The climax of the expedition is a summit attempt and chance to see the sunrise from the roof of Africa!
Adventures on this scale change lives. It’s our prayer that God would use our team and his creation to change the lives of the people we meet and serve in Tanzania, the global community we encounter on the trail, and our own as we embark together on this journey to Africa. This promises to be a powerful, transformative, and “bucket-list” experience!
For the vision clinics no medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.
For the Kili trek a solid level of physical fitness is important. Our staff will work with you in the months leading up to the trip to help you get ready. It is a long hike at high altitudes. Most days, we will hike between 6-8 hours. There are a couple of shorter hiking days, and one longer day when we head for the summit. Our trip is fully supported by guides and porters allowing us to carry only our personal items in a medium sized pack as we hike to the summit.
*The cost of this trip is an estimate. Your support goal will be finalized in February.
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