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Africa Virtual Missions Trip
2022

What is a Virtual Missions Trip?

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A virtual mission trip is an opportunity for you and your family to engage with our missionaries like never before. This will be a chance to gather with your family or life group and explore the ministries of Dar es Salaam, Africa without going. You will get inside access to our Strategic Missionary Partners in East Africa using videos, booklets, guided activities, and even Virtual Reality Headsets all packaged together in a box to open at home.

The box is packed with interactive materials that are fun-filled and engaging for groups and families alike. During the trip you’ll take a Swahili lesson with Pastor Todd and Kim Theisen, go on a 3-D tour of The Sifa Initiative headquarters with Chris Todd and meet the leaders and students, tie dye an African batik shawl, learn how to make an African cake from scratch (a fun adventure that you won’t want to miss!), hear from our missionaries, meet the incredible women that are in the program and pastors that benefit from the ministry, visit the Manna feeding center at Neema House Church, and so much more!

This Virtual Missions Trip is designed to be opened over the course of a week or once a week for a month – it is totally flexible for you or your group. You can reserve a box by visiting the Sifa

Threads table in the foyer after service beginning February 13th or by signing up online at the link below. Boxes cost $90 with all proceeds going to The Sifa Initiative.

Who are our Strategic Partners in Africa?

Mitch and Beth are missionaries to Tanzania and are doing amazing things there! Driven by a passion to reach Muslims, Mitch founded and pastored Neema House Church in one of Dar Es Saalam’s poorest districts. Beth is a cofounder and key part of the leadership the very successful, discipleship driven, artisan fashion organization The Sifa Initiative. The currently live on the Ivory coast in Kenya

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What is Sifa Threads?

The Sifa Initiative (formerly Sifa Threads) is a ministry based out of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania that helps marginalized women through the hope of the gospel, artisanal training, and tools to launch their own local business. To learn more, click below:

Does a VR box cost money?

The goal for this trip is not only to raise awareness of the ministries that are taking place in East Africa but also to help raise support and bless the ministry of The Sifa Initiative. Each box costs $90 and includes everything (minus some ingredients that need to be picked up locally) you need to make your virtual trip to Africa an amazing interactive

experience. The box is suitable for a family of four or five. If life groups are doing the experience together, it is recommended that each family purchase their own box.

Each box contains:

1. 1 USB with videos for each session (four sessions)

2. 1 batik scarf and all tie dye materials

3. 1 Google Goggles for 3-D interaction (just play the linked video on your personal phone

4. 1 stuffed animal pillow and stuffing material with sewing kit

5. 1 participants guide

6. 1 recipe for the interactive cooking class

7. Swahili lexicon for language lesson

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Box Contents:

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1. 1 USB with videos for each session (four sessions)

2. 1 batik scarf and all tie dye materials

3. 1 Google Goggles for 3-D interaction

(just play the linked video on your personal phone)

4. 1 stuffed animal pillow and polyfill stuffing material with sewing kit

5. 1 participant’s guide

6. 1 recipe for the interactive cooking class

7. Swahili lexicon for language lesson

How will this trip end?

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Please join us on campus or virtually for a live session with Mitch and Beth Calmes and special guests on Friday night, March 25, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. as we celebrate the ministry The Sifa Initiative together as Midway Church.

Sign up for a Box

Join us as we support Sifa Threads and raise support for our missionaries to East Africa

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