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The Church in Sengerema

This is the fifth post in a series on the history and progress of the churches we work with. Preceding posts covered the churches in Sweya, Nyakaliro, Shadi, and Luselelo.

A Brief History of the Church in Sengerema

When we made our first visit to Tanzania in 2009, plans were already in motion to start a church in the town of Sengerema, the hub of the district immediately west of the Mwanza Gulf. Roads paved in 2010 connect Sengerema with the city of Mwanza, making its place in the region even more prominant. If you add to that Sengerema’s growing population and the attention it receives from health-and-wealth preachers, our efforts in establishing an outpost for the gospel here makes sense.

The church in Nyakaliro sent one of its deacons, Hamisi Paskali, to start evangelism in 2010. Dan Eads was also asked to assist in planting the church. They shared the preaching and visitation load.

Hamisi and Family at their Commissioning Service

Hamisi and family at their commissioning service

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October 14, 2014   No Comments

The Church in Luselelo

This is the fourth post in a series on the history and progress of the churches we work with. Preceding posts covered the churches in Sweya, Nyakaliro, and Shadi.

A Brief History of the Church in Luselelo

The plans for starting a church in Luselelo were put in motion by the church in Nyakaliro. Luselelo sits a short 30-minute bicycle taxi ride down the road from its parent church. Among the locations in which we work, Luselelo is the most remote and smallest village.

After the initial work of evangelism, they began meeting as a church in 2007. Jonas, a Bible Institute graduate from Nyakaliro, was sent to lead the group as their church planter.

Perhaps, as another example of disagreements with perceived “outsiders,” the group in Luselelo never accepted Jonas as their pastor. In late 2013, he was asked to step down. Since then, he has been serving faithfully at his home church in Nyakaliro. Another Institute graduate and native Luseleloan, Laurent, has filled the leadership void and the church has since taken great steps forward.

The Church in Luselelo

Greetings outside the church in Luselelo

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August 8, 2014   No Comments

The Church in Shadi

This is the third post in a series on the history and progress of the churches we work with. Preceding posts introduced the church in Sweya and the church in Nyakaliro.

A Brief History of the Church in Shadi

The third church in our fellowship is located a 15-minute-drive South from the church in Sweya on the same side of the Mwanza Gulf. In comparison to Sweya, Shadi is farther removed from the city, though still within the same rapidly growing area. A piece of land along the Gulf was purchased for the future location of a church. Since then, it also become the location of Tumaini Children’s Home, and the Bible Institute classrooms and offices, and our own home.

Grace Baptist Mission Property in Shadi, 2012

Grace Baptist Mission Property in Shadi, 2012

Evangelism in Shadi produced an organized church in 2005. The missionary who planted the church in Sweya was Shadi’s first pastor. He remained in that role until 2009 when Samson Madoshi was called.

Evidences of God’s Grace

The church in Shadi enjoys steady growth in number and spiritual depth. There is no doubt that some of this is due to its proximity to the Bible Institute and Tumaini Children’s Home. A number of current students and graduates are members here, faithfully contributing to the ministry.

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July 24, 2014   1 Comment