Monday, January 26, 2009

The Proclaimer

The Proclaimer is an audio player that allows people in countries all over the world to experience God’s Word in their own language. This remarkable creation contains a specially engineered speaker system, designed to let groups of up to 300 people listen to the audio Bible together. The digital quality creates a clear, audible sound without any distortion.
Nearly indestructible, the player is able to stand up to harsh climates and does not require any cassette tapes or CDs. Instead, the New Testament is recorded in the selected language, and then programmed on a microchip, which is embedded in the player. This microchip cannot be erased and will not wear out from frequent playing.
Many areas of the world have little or no access to electricity. The Proclaimer was created with solutions to this challenge. It can be charged from multiple power sources: solar, the dynamo hand-crank, or the AC/DC charger. It can also run on its rechargeable battery, which plays for 15 hours. The solar panel can be used to recharge the battery, creating opportunities for the entire New Testament to be played repeatedly. The compact size of the Proclaimer makes it possible to reach remote villages and secluded areas of the world with God’s Word. Its convenience and portability make it ideal for use in schools and churches.
(How does the Proclaimer work?)
An installed microchip contains Scriptures in the heart language; the chip will not erase or wear out from frequent playing. The battery will play for 15 hours and can be recharged enough times to play the entire New Testament more than 1,000 times. The Proclaimer has a built-in generator and solar panel to charge the battery. The solar panel, in addition to charging the battery, will run the Proclaimer even without battery power as long as there is sunlight.The sound is digital quality and loud enough to be heard clearly by groups as large as 300.
Quoting a well-known TV personality: “The Proclaimer is self-powered and can play the Bible in the jungle, desert or … even on the moon! ”

The Proclaimer sees to be the ideal tool for sharing the gospel messages in the villages of Tanzania. I envision an evangelist or pastor leaving the Proclaimer with a family group or small village for them to listen to and returning in a few days answer questions and share additional information. I you would like you purchase a proclaimer for the ELVD (east of lake Victoria diocese) send your check for $125 to the Mid-south district LCMS 1675 Wynne Rd Cordova, TN 38016 with the notation Proclaimer. We will see that Proclaimers are purchased and distributed.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

New Bishop of Tanzania

Bishop-elect Andrew Petro Gulle of East of Lake Victoria Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) is among more than 200 scholars who graduated at a colourful ceremony held by the ELCT Tumaini University- Makumira University College (MUCo) on November 15, 2008.

Thousands of people turned up for the 12th Graduation ceremony in which the ELCT Presiding Bishop, the Chancellor of Tumaini University, conferred degrees. Two students obtained PhD; 36 were bestowed Bachelor of Divinity in Theology; 53 students got Bachelor of Education with specialization in Languages; 93 students were awarded Laws Degree; 20 students including Rev. Gulle were awarded a Master of Theology Degree.

Rev. Gulle (45) has been a pastor in the East of Lake Victoria Diocese from May 26, 1996 having studied theology from 1991 -1995 at the then Makumira Lutheran Theological College. He re-joined MUCo for a Bachelor of Divinity from 2000 to 2004.

He served the Diocese in various capacities in Mwanza and Shinyanga Regions including being Parish Pastor in Imalaseko (Mwanza), Kahama, Mwadui (Shinyanga) and Sengerema (Mwanza) Parishes. He had been Bible knowledge teacher at Mwadui Lutheran Secondary School as well as being a coordinator of mission and training centres in the diocese.

Before his new position Rev. Gulle was Parish Pastor of Sengerema in Mwanza Region between July 15 and September 27, this year.

During the 10th General Assembly of the Diocese held in Bariadi, Shinyanga Region on 27th September, this year he was elected to lead the East of Lake Victoria Diocese to replace the late Bishop Nehemia Bomani who died last year. At the General Assembly of the Rev. Emmanuel Makala was elected Assistant to the Bishop