‘And you will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth.’
Our purpose is to worship and witness, some of us go and some of us send but we are all called to spread the Good News. People everywhere are waiting to hear about Jesus, whilst we do mission across the world we also do mission right here in Kirkham and Wesham. To see what’s coming up near you and for details of our home mission visit our ‘what’s on’ page. Below is some of the work of our church internationally.
Our work in Tanzania
The ministry was established in 2006 after a visit by John Davey and Andrew Belshaw. It is based in Tanzania’s second largest city, the city of Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria. We are based in the suburb of Nyasaka and support an educational ministry to the Masai tribesmen who arrive in Mwanza looking for work to help their families. Often they have trekked from the Serengeti (200 miles away) to get there. We teach them to read and write in Swahili so they can fill in a job application form and find work. This also allows them to read the Bible and some of the Masai have given their lives to Jesus. Over 650 Masai men and women have been helped by the ministry since we built a classroom and employed 2 teachers to teach them in 2009. Samuel Wilonga runs the ministry for us.
We also support the Independent Bible Fellowship Church of Tanzania (IBFCT) which was set up by James Shija and Joseph Marwa in 2008. James is the leader of the denomination and they are looking to establish it nationally as a non-tribal denomination. The visiting team in 2006 found many issues with tribalism in churches and felt this new denomination was the best way forward. Currently there are 18 churches in the denomination, with 5 new churches being planted in the last year. We have constructed 6 churches and are looking to build more. We have set up a modular bible school which provides training for pastors who cannot afford to go to Bible College. They receive formal training for a month twice a year.
In addition to this we support a nursery school on the Nyasaka site and the Love in Action scheme (a social action programme) of the Nyasaka church. For more information please see the church missions website at www.lightchurchmissions.com
We are planning our next Missions trip to Tanzania in June 2020. We will look at what the needs of the current ministry are, spend time with the Masai and visit the congregations of IBFCT, provide support and materials for the nursery school, and dedicate any new church buildings.
Meet some of the team
James is the pastor of the IBFCT Nyasaka church. He was elected as leader of the Independent Bible Fellowship Church of Tanzania in 2016 and will serve a five year term until 2020. He is a graduate of Nassa Theological College and is married to Regina and they have four boys. Finally, James helps with the Masai ministry and is the main contact for enquiries about the work in Tanzania.
Samuel is one of our teachers in the Masai ministry, having worked in that area for the last five years. He is also assistant pastor to the IBFCT Nyasaka church. He completed his Bible College studies in November 2017 with our financial support and he got married in May 2017.
Peter is a Masai who has worked as a youth leader and in the worship team at Nyasaka. He is currently studying full time at the East Africa Bible College near his home town of Arusha in northern Tanzania. After completing his studies in June 2018 he will be involved in youth work and evangelism for the Nyasaka church.
John is currently the church administrator at Nyasaka. He helps to run the church’s Love In Action programme which is a social action programme that provides clothing to those who need it in the poorer country areas. He is also an evangelist and is currently looking to plant churches in the Mwanza district.
How can you help?
You can help by donating money to the work in Tanzania or become a regular sponsor to the ministry in Ethiopia. Also, you can donate items to sell through the Missions Table Top Sale for the ministry in Tanzania. Ultimately you can go on a Missions trip to either country.
Contact our Head of Missions John Davey on email@example.com.