26 Field Focus - Taking the Mountain


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Quote to ponder:  

“I am this day four score and five years old.  As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, to go out, and to come in.  Now therefore give me this mountain, “    - Caleb, the son of Jephunneth the Kenezite


Our Guest:

Shirley Tropea

Social Worker, Missionary


Focus notes:

  • 76 and going to Tanzania
  • A dream that started 24 years ago
  • Father Milton, Shirley's Joshua
  • Mountain of a dream. Dream of a mountain, Kilimanjaro.
  • God provided in every step of 2 year preparation


  • 2 suitcases of blessings for orphans in Tanzania
  • “Beauty” is Tanzania in one word
  • “Jambo” (hello) and the priceless Tanzanian smile
  • 2.5-3 million orphans in country
  • Shirley's 13 orphan– the poorest of the poor
  • “Someone has come from our sister parish”- the value of a visit


Can it be that the second half of life is the best half?  In the spirit of John Piper's book “Don't waste your life”, join us for this inspirational interview with Shirley Trope of Massillon, Ohio.  24 years ago Shirley missed the flight to Kenya.  This year she made the flight for a two week missionary outreach to orphans in Tanzania, accompanied be Father Milton, a visiting Tanzanian Priest, serving in Canton, Ohio.  
In her 2 suitcases she carried the work of the loving hands of “The Caring Stitchers” sewing group of St Barbara's of Massillon and from others who sought her out with gift for children.  Shirley went as the ambassador for many who could not.  She returns as an ambassador for Tanzania and the small band of orphans she will be a voice for.  And she is planning her next trip!  How about you?