Stephanie Graber

My Visit to Ilula 2011

I was one of fifteen individuals that had the opportunity to spend two weeks at IOP in February. Three of the fifteen had been to Ilula before. In November of 2010, our community filled a 40’x8’ container and shipped it to Tanzania. We filled it with many supplies that would be useful to us during our stay. Well, God had other plans for the container. While waiting for its arrival, we did several other jobs around the Center. We painted all the rooms at the Internet café, did repairs on doors and windows of different buildings, poured new concrete at the front of the preschool, made concrete blocks, planted trees, and taught the women how to can tomatoes. The container did not arrive to IOP until 2 days before we left. The eight men in our group built the pole barn in one day! Everyone at IOP was so impressed with the men’s hard work; they decided to name the building “The Mennonite Barn.” Several members of our group sponsor students through IOP. We were able to meet them. I had the privilege of going to my student’s house for a meal. It was a wonderful experience meeting my student and her family. I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to go on this trip. The memories will last me a lifetime.

Stephanie is now a member of IOP-USA committee and is helping with Student coordinator duties. We appreciate Stephanie serving on the committee. Sponsors may be getting emails from Stephanie so we wanted to introduce her to the IOP community.

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