Daryl & Cheryl Rustad
DAR Christian Fellowship
Without educational opportunities, the orphans and poor children of Tanzania have little hope of escaping the cycle of poverty. To respond to this need, Daryl and Cheryl Rustand founded Tansao, a non-profit organization that assists Tanzanian students to prepare and go on to a University Education outside of Tanzania.
The Rustads initially came to Tanzania in 1998 to carry out Veterinary Missions. They soon learned that the biggest need was for education. Daryl worked with International Schools for many years as the Career Counselor, until they started Tansao.
Living in the capital city, over the years the Rustads have developed relationships with various members of the expat community. They noted that most were baby Christians, living in the often stressful environment of a developing nation. In order to meet this need, Daryl and Cheryl opened the DAR Christian Fellowship, which has been meeting since 2005. Expats coming to the church are hurting and need a family to pray and worship with and where they can uplift one another.
Daryl and Cheryl have a vision for the continued growth of the church, with even more participation from the laity. Through Tansao, they hope to support an increase in the number of students having access to quality higher education, and the creation of job opportunities in Tanzania.