Reverend Julius Wili John was formerly a seventh day Adventist. But he got a calling through the assemblies of God ministry and started a church. His wife is also a preacher. As wife of reverend her role is to support and conduct counselling sessions to women.
Julius was taught GALS by Hawa Arckland. His vision is to be a bishop. On his Vision Journey he decided to do an onion farm – that he has now achieved.
Before GALS he and his wife attended trainings from Adra Tanzania with Ministry of Health. The trainings were conducted from house to house advising people on many issues including food security, education, HIV/AIDS and Land rights. All women should know responsibilities in house like children need to go to school, women should clean house, should have rights to ownership of property and earn money together. They plan for school fees and other household issues together. On gender balance his wife is happy and she says they share most of the responsibilities. They own assets together including land. They have a temporally land title signed by the village chairman indicating all assets belong to the family. Even if he dies the village office recognises the wife as the heir.
Julius has taught Philemon Wilfred, his wife and other two group members.The wife was interested to learn livelihood tools.
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Mimi mch. Julius ni mzaliwa katika kijiji cha Marieni Tar 20/02/1965. Nimefanikiwa kuoa mwaka 1993,nimepata watoto 5 wakike mmoja na wakiume wanne.Mimi kama mchungaji nimefanya kazi ya kumtumikia Mungu kwa muda mrefu. I was born on 20th February 1965 at Marieni village. In 1993 I got married and blessed with 5 children, 4 sons and 1 daughter. For long I have been saving God as a reverend.
Baada ya kupata mafunzo ya GALS niliyopatiwa kutoka kwa mkufunzi Hawa yamenipa fursa ya kuniwezesha kutambua na kufahamu mambo mengi sana likiwemo swala la kiongozi bora. Nimeamini kuwa kiongozi ni kuwa mfano kwa wale unao waongoza kwa nafasi tofauti tofauti, Mfano mimi ni mchungaji ni naye ongoza watu 67 wanaume 23 na wanawake 44.Pia kati yao kuna wamama wajane 5 na watoto yatima 12, mimi kama kiongozi nimefanikiwa kuwafundisha ndoto na malengo kimaisha na pia kuwaonyesha barabara ya mafanikio bila kusahau mti wa usawa wa kijinsia. GALS trainings have opened my mind to different things one of them being leadership. I believe now that, being a good leader one has to be a good example to the people he is leading. As a reverend I lead 67 people, 23 men and 44 women whereby amoung them there are 5 widows and 12 ophans. I have trained this congregation on the importance of having dreams and vison in life, the road to success and gender equality tree.
Changamoto ninazo kutana nazo mimi kama mchungaji, nakutana na watu wenye magonjwa sugu na matatizo mbali mbali. As a reverend I face challenges such as I meet people with chronic diseases and other different problems
Malengo niliyonayo ni kuwa na Usafiri utako niwezesha kupeleka elimu kwa washirika walioko maeneo mbali kama Tae wapo 9 na Vudee 12 kuhusiana na swala la kuwaelimisha juu ya ndoto,malengo na barabara ya mafanikio, bila kusahau mti wa usawa wa kijinsia. If I will be assisted to get my own transport, I plan to reach other people who are far from where I am, for example in Tae there are 9 people and in Vudee there are 12 people who are ready to be trained on dreams, visions, success road and gender equality tree.
Wako Mchungaji Julias Yours Rev. Julias