Rhoda grew up as a third child in Tanzania, but her life was far from easy. Her mother was divorced before she was born, and Rhoda was raised without a father figure.
“My mother tried to work in tea factories to feed our family of three children. Life was so hard that we did not get a good education. I left school in grade four even though I could read and write. At the age of 17, I married Reuben in hope for a better life.”
Rhoda moved with her new husband into the small hut his parents had left to him before they died. When she became pregnant, problems began to plague her.
“We began our new life there, and though Rueben was a hard worker, he abused alcohol and drugs. Sometimes he did not sleep at home and our marriage was affected.”
Rhoda was struggling in a tumultuous marriage and desperate to provide for their children. Then, in her despair, she and her husband were invited to join a Project Philip study group at the local church.
Across Africa, more local churches are reaching out to their communities through your support for Project Philip – and God’s Word is changing lives.
“I told my husband that members were going to receive Bibles for free,” says Rhoda. “He joined a group meeting near our home. From there, he started attending church, repented, and got baptised. Now he is a member of the local Church.”
The change in Rueben was profound – and it flowed into every aspect of their lives. Rhoda says:
“Joy returned to our family. Praise Jesus! Before, my husband often came home angry and drunk. It caused many quarrels and no peace in the family. Now we can sing and praise God together.
“We thank God for the people who sacrificially provide books and Bibles to help the lost and meet all spiritual needs. May God multiply all who give generously to change the world!”
PRAY for those living in difficult circumstances will come to know Jesus as their comforter.
The ministry of Bible League New Zealand is able to plant God’s Word solely through the generous support of the Christian community.