embraces through the stiff skins of their dresses. One of the pastors in our group closed our visit with a simple message: “We love you, and we serve a God whom we believe loves us all. We may not see you again here on Earth, but we would like to see you in heaven someday.” He invited them to visit the nearby church on the hill if they wanted to learn more about God. Then, with their consent, he prayed for their village and their families. Even now, my heart fills with emotion, remembering how proud I was that day to be a Seventh-day Adventist Christian. I don’t know whether anyone from that village will go to the church on the hill, but I know that the pastor’s tender voice and loving words planted seeds there. His gentle approach to mission is part of an indelible memory of my visit with the beautiful people of that Barabaig village.
Sherri Ingram-Hudgins is the director for Adventist Membership Systems at the Seventh-day Adventist Church world headquarters. She works with church officers worldwide to update membership technologies.
FAST FACTS Tanzania has 3 missionary families dedicated to sharing Christ and living out the gospel. There are more than 20 Global Mission pioneers working across Tanzania. Tanzania is home to more than 490,000 Seventh-day Adventists. 7
Small mud, stick, and straw houses are common in this region.
The Barabaig people of north-central Tanzania form a pastoralist, seminomadic society.
Offering a bag of rice to each woman as a parting gift.