A Tabernacle exhibit paves the way for ministry in sub-Saharan Africa.

By April 21, 2004

USA (MNN)–A life-sized replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle is on the move.

Teen Missions International’s Bob Bland says they’ll be setting up in Buckeye Lake, Ohio, just east of Columbus at the beginning of May. He says the exhibit is a great teaching and evangelistic tool. “The Tabernacle is kind of a wordless book picture of Jesus Christ. Every piece of furniture, and every part of the tabernacle speaks of Jesus Christ.”

Bland says they’re partnering with another ministry, AIDS orphans & Street children. Through funds raised by the Tabernacle exhibit, Teen Mission is able to launch rescue units for orphans in sub-Saharan Africa.

Bland says the needs are many in a region where the number succumbing to the disease number in the millions. The victims leave behind their children who must learn to fend for themselves.

Survival becomes the children’s focus. As a result, education falls to neglect. That’s where the rescue units help. The teams go in and provide food, school uniforms and other much need services–all in the name of Christ, to great impact.

Bland explains, “Many of them have never even heard of Christ, and so we’re trying to win those children to Christ so that they can have an eternal life even though they don’t have parents in this life, the heavenly Father really is their father, and that’s a blessing.”

The Tabernacle crew had 494 visitors go on tours this past week. Continue to pray for them as they finish out their time in Texas. Teams arrive May 9th in Ohio to begin setup, with an opening scheduled for May 15th.

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