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We Had a Fight at Church Today…

Sunday there was a fight at church during the worship service in Usagara. It was loud and disruptive. But it was also staged and resolved using Scripture.

conflict in Usagara

Example of Student Initiative

On my first opportunity to attend a service in Usagara since early January, I was delighted to see one of our Bible Institute students preached the sermon. According to Pastor William, the students felt that the class’ material was worth dedicating to a Sunday morning series, that many in the church had missed the related mid-week evening series, and that they were ready to teach it. Today they were already several weeks into teaching biblical principles for conflict resolution.

They adapted exercises from the class, involving church-goers in acting out the conflict, then applying biblical principles to resolve the dispute. One example included a husband and wife arguing about whether they could afford a new Easter dress. The rowdiest disagreement had to do with dispersing possessions of a deceased family member (regardless of widow’s and children’s needs).

In The Bigger Picture

James teaching

James Evarest explaining the 4 steps to resolving conflict biblically

I consider preaching God’s word a great privilege. An even higher honor to me is teaching Tanzanians to preach and teach God’s word to others (2 Tim 2:2). After a two-month absence, it is an encouragement to see our students eager to preach God’s word and doing so faithfully.

2 Timothy 2:2 is, of course, essentially where we get our vision for the Bible Institute. Recent efforts in the Institute are intended to spread out the load of church ministry. That aim is being realized slowly in Usagara: the students’ efforts this week meant William had the freedom to devote several days to the urgent demands of his harvest.


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