My name is Stella Smuts. I was raised on a farm outside a country town in South Africa. My parents were born-again and raised their children in the church. As a teenager, I had an experience with the Presence of the Lord and accepted Him into my life. From there I grew in relationship with Him. Born out of this relationship is the deep seated desire to serve the Lord and His people. Through the years, I have been involved in many aspects of church life and service.
Just when one thinks one has “seen it all”, God leads one
into a new life experience.
Recently, I visited Tanzania as part of the Afmin Team
attending the On10 Conferences in those two countries.
What a privilege to meet such wonderful people of God. In Tanzania, I immediately felt like one of the family. Everyone was so
friendly and went out of their way to make sure I was been well taken care of.
Alta and I about to board the bus to Morogoro
Our journey began in Dar-es-Salaam. We traveled there on a Thursday, having
previously made an appointment for the Friday.
However, this appointment was cancelled, so we had a couple of
days to rest and fellowship as a Team.
We then traveled by bus for a journey of 5 hours over a distance of
about 190kms to a town called Morogoro. The scenery was magnificent
and I just sat in the bus, next to the window, soaking in all I could see. The roadside stalls provide families with
provisions and stall owners with an income, not matter how small. It is good to see people willing to do their
best to support their families.
Everything is sold from mattresses, furniture, air-time and dried fish. One thing that stood out to me, is how well
these people take care of their appearance. Their clothing is clean and although many live
below the breadline, they do not allow themselves to look unkept.
Discussing admin procedures with the Tanzanian secretary
Morogoro is a very pretty education-based city,
lying between 4 or 5 different mountains.
There is no time for sight seen, but our accommodation was on the 3rd
floor so I was able to look out into the distance and see the beauty of the
Meeting the Students was once again the highlight of my time
in Tanzania. What an honour to encourage
them with their studies and to assist them with their progress. The worship times were especially blessed with magnificent voices raised to song to the Lord.