Rev William Makali with Full Dimension Ministry in Tanzania"Pastor William Makali, founder, is a native of Tanzania. He and his wife Martha made the sacrifice of leaving their country to come to the United States for formal education in hopes of returning to improve the lives of those around their home within the Yulansoni Village in Tanzania. While in the United States, William and Martha took many odd jobs to make ends meet and in hard times, relied on the support and prayers of new American friends. Pastor C. E. "Smoke" Kanipe, a United Methodist minister in South Carolina, helped William earn income through employment at Advent United Methodist Church. Along the way, Pastor Kanipe was also able to provide opportunities for William to lead worship and practice his preaching skills. In time, William earned his Masters of Divinity degree at Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, South Carolina and with an initial donation of $5000 from Advent UMC, returned to his native land to begin this mission in 1995.
In order to spread the word of Christ throughout this impoverished area, Pastor Makali understood that addressing the physical needs of the people must come first. The hungry or the unhealthy simply cannot welcome the Word into their heart. Today, thousands walk to the FDM Clinic to receive medical attention. Most recently, an “over-night” Ward was completed so the very sick and those requiring observation don’t have to travel away at the close of day.
Martha Makali’s passion rests with the children of Tanzania. Unlike most developed countries, secondary and primary education is not a given. In an overcrowded education system, children must pass entrance exams to be accepted into school. Four years ago, Martha started a pre-school and today children are learning to read and write in an enclosed space dedicated to learning. It did not take long to discover one of the largest barriers to learning for these children: children who are hungry have a hard time learning. So today every child in our pre-school receives a full meal. In most cases, it will be their only meal for the day."...from www.fulldimensionministry.com
Mauldin United Methodist has been involved with Rev. Makali ever since he was given 5 minutes to speak to our church in 2001. In those 5 minutes he changed the life of our church. One of our members agreed to go over and provide engineering services to design and build rainwater harvesting equipment for the medical clinic to serve local needs. That same member never stopped going on mission trips and eventually started our foreign mission trip program at MUMC. We continue to serve with Rev. Makali through budgetary support, fundraisers and mission trips.
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Pictures from the 2009 Tanzania Mission Trip