We are the Wyatts. With four small children, a growing ministry, and facing challenges of living on foreign soil, life is never dull. We strive each day to live a life that is pleasing to God through our person, family, and ministry. Click on each photo below to learn more about each member of this incredible team that God has put together!
JERRY WYATT III
Jerry was saved at a young age. He surrendered to preach at a tent meeting under the preaching of Tony Hutson. Jerry’s parents answered the call to missions in 1993, and arrived on the field of Tanzania in 1995. While in Africa, Jerry was always involved in the ministry by teaching out in the villages, public schools, Bible clubs, and Sunday School. He also worked on the evangelistic puppet team that saw hundreds of people saved.
When Jerry was seventeen years old, he surrendered to go back to Tanzania. God’s calling was clear during a sermon at a Pastors’ School. Soon after surrendering, he enrolled at Hyles-Anderson College and graduated in 2007. While attending college, he captained a bus route and taught a boys Sunday School class. He also worked for the dean of men on college staff for two of the years he was enrolled.
In January of 2009, Jerry, along with his wife Rachel, returned to Tanzania to serve the Lord. After working three and a half years as the youth pastor, Jerry became the senior pastor of the Faith Baptist Church Morogoro in 2012. Jerry is excited about the future of ministry here in Tanzania.
BIRTHDAY: December 14
ANNIVERSARY: July 6, 2007
BIBLE VERSE: Philippians 4:13
FAVORITE FOODS: Cheeseburgers, Grilled Chicken, Bacon, Reese Cups, Beef Jerky, Trail Mix, Snapple
HOBBIES: Spending time with family, Golf, Videography, Reading
FAVORITE PART OF LIVING IN TANZANIA: People's openness to the Gospel.
MISS THE MOST ABOUT AMERICA: American Restaurants
RACHEL BROWN WYATT
Rachel was born and raised in a Baptist preacher’s home (Dr. Larry Brown). At the age of nine, with the help of her mother, she received Christ. As a young person, Rachel surrendered to do whatever God wanted.
In February of 2003, her father hired her as the full-time secretary of their church, Marion Avenue Baptist Church. She worked in this position until September of 2005, when she enrolled in college.
Jerry and Rachel met at college and began dating. While dating, Rachel was able to visit Tanzania, and after a time of praying and seeking God’s will, she knew that the mission field is what God had in store for her.
Rachel gave birth to all four children, David, Kate, Andrew, and Lauren, in Tanzania. She has happily stood beside Jerry in their work in Tanzania. Rachel helps with children's and women's ministries.
BIRTHDAY: September 28
ANNIVERSARY: July 6, 2007
BIBLE VERSE: Genesis 6:8
FAVORITE FOODS: Pizza, Chicken, Iced Coffee, Butterscotch Chips, Skor Candy Bars, Dr. Pepper
HOBBIES: Spending time with family, Graphic Design, Organizing, Reading
FAVORITE PART OF LIVING IN TANZANIA: Relaxed lifestyle providing lots of family time.
MISS THE MOST ABOUT AMERICA: Family, Friends, Cleanliness!, Conveniences of grocery stores, malls, etc.
DAVID JERRY WYATT | 6YRS
David is the oldest of the Wyatt children. He is mature and responsible and is a great help around the house and with his younger siblings. David accepted Christ as his Saviour when he was 4 years old and was baptized shortly after. He is a very wise young man and seeks to please the Lord and his parents daily.
David is currently enrolled in Abeka Christian Academy through their DVD correspondence program. He is in 2nd grade and enjoys school very much. He is an exceptional reader and can memorize things very quickly. David is taking piano lessons and enjoys picking out songs to play by ear.
David loves living in Tanzania and has many friends. He is learning Swahili and can often understand what is being said. He often invites people to church in Swahili and loves going with his dad on visitation.
BIRTHDAY: November 5, 2010
BIBLE VERSE: Luke 2
FAVORITE FOODS: Pizza, Subway, Gummies, Gum, Twizzlers
HOBBIES: Riding Bikes, Swinging, Playing Soccer with Tanzanians, Nerf Gun Wars, Piano Playing
FAVORITE PART OF LIVING IN TANZANIA: Being able to be independent.
MISS THE MOST ABOUT AMERICA: Cousins!
KATE DIANNE WYATT | 4YRS
Kate is the second born in the Wyatt family. She is funny, spunky, witty, and independent. Kate accepted Jesus as her personal Saviour when she was 4 and was baptized a few weeks after. Kate enjoys being a "mother" to baby Lauren and is a big help around the house. She helps set the table, clean, and care for Lauren.
Kate is enrolled in Abeka Christian Academy through their DVD correspondence program. She is in K5 and is learning very quickly. She loves writing and reading and practices all the time. Kate is taking piano lessons and is learning to read music.
Kate loves the simplicity of life here in Tanzania and is often seen riding her bike, piggy tails flying in the wind, bare feet down the dirt roads. Kate also enjoys helping to watch the little ones during church.
BIRTHDAY: June 13, 2012
BIBLE VERSE: Psalm 100
FAVORITE FOODS: Fish, Soup, Stir-fry, Gummies, Pixie Sticks, Nerds
HOBBIES: Riding Bikes, Playing "house", Playing with Magnatiles, Having special times with Mommy.
FAVORITE PART OF LIVING IN TANZANIA: Being able to spend lots of time with Dad and Mom.
MISS THE MOST ABOUT AMERICA: Cousins!
ANDREW BROOKS WYATT | 3YRS
Andrew is our little live-wire. Full of energy, spunk, and mischievousness, Andrew keeps us on our toes! He is a bright and fun-loving little guy who can charm the hardest of hearts. He brings much joy and laughter to our home each day!
Andrew loves airplanes and helicopters and talks about them constantly. He loves playing with his Tanzanian friends; Jonathan, Charles, and Iesha. Not yet knowing the language does not hinder him one bit. He jabbers away in English, they respond in Swahili, and they get along just fine!
BIRTHDAY: June 20, 2014
FAVORITE FOODS: Pizza, Chicken and Fries, Beans and Rice, Gum, Gummies, Lollipops, Juice
HOBBIES: Riding his toy motorcycle, Playing in the sand, Magnatiles, Helicopters
FAVORITE PART OF LIVING IN TANZANIA: Everything!
MISS THE MOST ABOUT AMERICA: Cousins, Toy stores!
LAUREN RACHEL WYATT | 10MO.
Lauren is our little sweetheart. Lauren, like her three older siblings, was born in the capital city of Dar es Salaam. Each day, her little toothy grin brightens up our home. Her big brothers and sister adore her. She spends her days napping and watching her siblings play.
Lauren adapts well to life here in Tanzania. She loves the Tanzanian women and a few of them have "adopted" her as their baby. She is commonly seen strapped to the back of a lady at church by a kanga.
BIRTHDAY: August 19, 2016
FAVORITE FOODS: Beans and Rice, Sweet Potato, Bananas, Butternut Squash
HOBBIES: Messing up her brothers and sister's creations, Playing outside
We are busy in the work of the Lord here in Tanzania! Please take time to read about each of our various ministries. Click the "See More" button to read more information and view photos and videos for each ministry.
CALVARY'S LOVE BOYS' HOME
There are currently six boys who were orphaned at young ages in our boys' home. We are striving to provide them with a godly home in which to live.
FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH
Faith Baptist Church is alive and well. A vibrant body of believers attend each week and are actively involved in many different outreaches.
FAITH BAPTIST COLLEGE
Faith Baptist College is aimed at equipping our church members with a more extensive knowledge of the Bible.
IMANI FEEDING CENTER
This ministry is a goal of ours to start within the next couple of years. This would be a feeding center for at-risk children to show God's love and share the Gospel.
Our church has planted one church in the Kigoma region of Tanzania. We are praying that God would allow us to start many more churches throughout Tanzania.
The Lord has opened some incredible doors of opportunity here. These events are held annually or bi-annually, and literally thousands of people are reached in a short period of time. Churches and individuals from the states partner with us for these events. If you would like to be a part of one of these, please contact us.
MEDICAL MISSIONS OUTREACH
Partnering with Medical Missions Outreach (MMO), we hold a week-long clinic staffed by doctors and nurses from the states.
Partnering with Hays Pure Water for All, we share filtration systems with villages, hospitals, and schools while also sharing with them the Water of Life.
Each week, the Faith Baptist Church is involved in a wide variety of different outreaches. The size of these range from just a handful to hundreds of people.
PUBLIC SCHOOL MINISTRY
Our public school ministry consists of 6 classes in 6 different public schools. Each week, one of our church members goes to one of these local schools to teach Bible. We have complete freedom to teach the Bible and give the Gospel.
Our deaf ministry is run by a young couple in our church who learned Swahili sign-language. Each week, the service is translated into sign language. We also teach Bible in a deaf school weekly as well as have a church soccer team for the deaf.
Each year, we will have several evangelistic outreaches. We have had meetings members' houses, shown the Jesus film, and sponsored soccer matches - all in order to get the Gospel to as many as possible.
Every week, we have an outreach for orphans in the neighborhood where our church is located. Children come to our church to receive a meal, a Bible lesson, and a school lesson. We have seen many children come to the Lord through this ministry.
We have seen God use soccer many times as a tool to share the Gospel as well as to bring people to church. Each year, we have a soccer Sunday where we invite soccer teams to our church from all over our city. We also have a church soccer team.
Each Saturday, dozens of church members meet with us at the church for a time of prayer followed by visitation. We load up in vehicles and go into a neighborhood to share the Good News of the Gospel. The teens also go out on Thursdays.
The future of Tanzania is the youth. We are always trying to reach more youth for Christ. We have a weekly youth meeting followed by games, children's Sunday school, 1-day vacation Bible schools, and week-long teen camps.
MEN'S & WOMEN'S MINISTRY
There is plenty to do for the men and women in our church. We have periodic ladies' meetings & men's meetings, special Mother's Days and Father's Days, marriage seminars and family seminars, all aimed at reaching people and discipling them.
ENGLISH SUNDAY SCHOOL
On Sunday mornings, Rachel teaches an English Sunday school in our home. A dozen or more English-speaking children from all over the world attend. This is a wonderful opportunity for our own children as well as other English-speaking children.
PARTNER WITH US!
We could not do what we do if it were not for a host of churches and individuals standing behind us and partnering with us financially. The opportunities here are endless, and we need your help! Would you prayerfully consider if God would have you come along beside us and invest in the work here?
Below are a few projects for which we are currently praying for the Lord's provision. Would you prayerfully consider partnering with us for the completion of one of these projects? We can accept donations via PayPal or through our mission agency FBMI.
ONGOING EXPENSES FOR RADIO
With the launch of our new radio station, we will incur additional monthly expenses. We are in need of some partners to help us with these expenses. Whether a monthly donation or one-time gift, your support would be greatly appreciated.
SUNDAY SCHOOL & OFFICE BUILDINGS
We are in desperate need of buildings for both our offices as well as our Sunday School. The Sunday School building would also double as classrooms for Faith Baptist College. If you would like to invest in this project, please follow the link below or contact us for more information.
Currently, our church owns two minivans, but we still rent several each Sunday to bring people to church. We have been praying that the Lord would open the door for us to purchase one or two more minivans.
Enjoy a few photos of our ministry here and the country of Tanzania.
Take a moment to read about what has been happening in our ministry over the past couple of months. Click the Link below to view an archive of past prayer letters.
March - April 2017
Dear Pastor and Friends,
We had a wonderful start to our year. The second Sunday after returning to Tanzania, we had “Meat Sunday”. We prepared two cows and invited as many people as we could. We were excited to have a total of 427 on Sunday with 49 first time visitors. We also saw 32 people trust Christ as their Saviour and 2 were baptized.
Recently while working on a message on fear, I decided to ask some of the men who where doing some construction at our house for some ideas on some things that people were afraid of. One of the men spoke about the fear of where we will go after we die. I stopped right there and began to talk to him about salvation. It was incredible to be able to be able to share with him that he does not need to fear any longer because Jesus saves. David bowed his head right there and trusted Jesus Christ as His Saviour. Since then, he and his wife have come to church. Please pray with us as we endeavor to disciple this young couple.
We were very excited to have a total of 18 married couples at our marriage seminar this year. We had a wonderful time of games and teaching from the Bible. The theme for the teaching was on money in marriage. It was a blessing to hear many speak about how they were helped and challenged.
We are in the middle of our special 4 week program. Each Sunday, we are having some special things here at the church and we are encouraging the members to invite friends, family and neighbors. The most exciting day will be our last Sunday called “Honor Your Parents Sunday” We are asking each member to endeavor to bring their parents to this Sunday. I believe this will be a wonderful tool to get the parents of our people to come to church.
Please pray for the Radio Station. I have checked with the regulatory authority and they have told me that our license is at the final stage. It is currently in the office of the Minister of Communication waiting to be signed. Please pray that God would allow this to be processed quickly and in His time.
Your Representatives to Tanzania,
Jerry & Rachel Wyatt
We have been privileged to partner with many great men of God. Below are recommendations of our family and work from a few of them.
PASTOR JOSEPH BROWN |
MARION AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH; WASHINGTON, IA
Thank you for allowing me to take this time to introduce you to the incredible ministry of Jerry and Rachel Wyatt. God is using them in a powerful way for eternal impact. Jerry Wyatt III and Rachel are not only close family, they are kindred spirits in the ministry. We share the same heartbeat in all aspects of doing God’s will. This is a young couple to which God truly has given “wisdom beyond their years”. I have worked with them on the field and at home and am so refreshed to co-labor with someone as passionate about serving God as they are. They are the "real deal", "stick with it till it’s done", "competent”, "first-class”, “steadfast and faithful” kind of Christians! They have been a blessing in more areas than I could list in this letter.
I could not be more pleased and encouraged with the steady direction they have taken in ministry. I believe that our time is short to make a difference in this old world; we need servants of God like these to work while it is yet day! Please consider doing what the Marion Avenue Baptist Church has done. Consider supporting this ministry monthly from your mission’s budget so the work of God can go forward. It would be hard to find a better investment for God’s money than this.
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