OM Lake Tanganyika gets a much needed boat for its ministry to villages along the lakeshore.
It is with great thanksgiving that the Good News II OM Lake Tanganyika team announces the arrival of another boat for our “fleet”. On 9 November, after months of anticipation, we launched the “Good News 2 Pelican” boat. This fiberglass vessel, purchased from Zimbabwe, is an answer to years of prayer. It provides a much more effective method of travel between our Mpulungu base and the lakeshore villages where OM missionaries are working. We have been so blessed by faithful supporters in Australia who made this purchase possible.
In late October, team members Chris Tiltman and Patrick Steward started off from Mpulungu for the 3000-kilometre round trip journey to retrieve the boat from the Zambia/Zimbabwe border in Livingstone. For several months prior to the journey, Chris and others had been working to finalize the necessary paperwork for importing the boat and its trailer into Zambia. Our team’s faith was strengthened as we observed numerous answered prayers during Chris and Patrick’s struggle through all of the red tape and logistical delays. Multiple times they called from an office in Lusaka asking for prayer because an official was telling them they would be delayed by another week. Each time they called with a request, we gathered together as a team to pray. As we finished praying, Chris or Patrick would invariably call with the news that the official had just signed or stamped the necessary documents, and they were onto the next step!
On 10 November, the Pelican Boat took its maiden voyage to the Zambia/Tanzania border. We are thrilled to report that the Pelican takes half the time and fuel to make this journey as it took with the previous boats we were using. This is such a blessing to us as a team, since our ministry revolves around travel on the lake. We praise God for His continued protection of all of our team members who travel frequently on the lake, sometimes very long distances.