Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Evangelism Training in Zanzibar & Radio ACT Amani FM update

Zanzibar Cathedral

We thank God for a successful evangelism course in Zanzibar from 22-27 March 2017.
This seminar was the fourth in a series of seminars training lay evangelists. This one was for the "Coastal and Eastern zone" of the Anglican church of Tanzania and was attended by evangelists from 4 different dioceses (Zanzibar, Morogoro, Mount Kilimanjaro and Kiteto).
The seminar was held in the diocese of Zanzibar which is a challenging place for ministry due to the high percentage of other faiths on the island.

We were well received by the Mission and Evangelism Coordinator and the General Secretary of the Diocese together with their team who worked hard to make sure the seminar went smoothly.

In total 53 evangelists and pastors attended. The aim was to give them teaching and enable them to discuss issues which affect them so that they can be equipped and encouraged in their ministry.

The seminar was a great encouragement and blessing to all who attended, particularly to those evangelists from Zanzibar itself of which there were many.

Rev John Kamoyo
Rev Canon David Haji

Teaching was given by Rev Canon David Haj, Rev John Kamoyo and Cat. Musa Njagamba, all of whom are inspiring teachers and preachers.

Prayer Ministry with Musa Njagamba
Leading Worship in Zanzibar Cathedral

On the last day, which was Sunday, evangelists divided into groups and went to minister in 8 different churches around the island, preaching and offering prayer ministry. Many returned with testimony of people giving their lives to Christ and others receiving prayer for healing of sickness and evil spirits. In the evening we held a large outreach event in the cathedral to preach the Word of God to all and to pray for the sick and those who were searching for Jesus.

People making a commitment to Christ

Despite the challenges of ministering in  a difficult environment we saw God at work and many blessed by Him, healed by Him and saved by Him.

We continue to pray for all the evangelists who attended that they will continue in His service with renewed strength, enthusiasm and commitment. We particularly pray for those in Zanzibar that God will lift them up in their ministry.

The ACT Amani FM radio project is at last seeing some development. We finally were invited for interview with TCRA (the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority) and this interview/presentation of our project took place on 30th March. We praise God that it went well and the board were very encouraging. The project still has to pass through a few more stages before a license can be granted but please pray that this process will continue to be successful.
We are now trying to raise funds as when we receive our license we will need to start the building process immediately. We praise God that we have been promised help with purchasing the studio equipment from an organisation in the USA, and we have launched a fundraising campaign around the churches here in Tanzania to try to raise money for the building and initial running costs. Any contributions or advice would be welcome.

We thank you for your continued prayers and support for our work.

With many blessings


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Plans for 2017

We thank God that we have begun a new year and plans for Mission and Evangelism in the Anglican Church of Tanzania in 2017 are coming together.

The following are some of the programmes which will be taking place this year and we ask for your prayers for this work, that we can continue to spread God's word in Tanzania and to encourage and equip his servants.

March 22nd-27th     

Seminar for Evangelists of the Coastal and Eastern Zone, Zanzibar
May 9th - 13th         

Mission and Evangelism Coordinators Conference

May 29th - June 4th 
Week of Prayer and Evangelism for the Anglican Church of Tanzania

June 4th                    
Day of Offering for the Mission and Evangelism Department and its work

Sept 11th - Oct 6th

School of Church Music

We are also progressing with our project to develop an Anglican Church Radio Station. We have successfully passed the early stages of application for a license and value your prayers as we proceed with the next stage. We are also searching for funds to make this project a reality. We would be grateful for your help or possible suggestions of organisations who may be able to support us. 

This year Christine Salaman, the Mission and Evangelism Coordinator will return to the UK (July 2017). We are therefore trying to raise funds to employ a new Coordinator which is vital to keep this work going. If you would like to help with this please contact Christine Salaman. It only costs around £6000 to employ a Coordinator for a year.

God Bless you in 2017

Friday, October 21, 2016

Music and Worship School 2016

We praise God that we have successfully completed this year's music and worship school which took place in Dodoma from the 18th September to the 14th October 2016. Singers, musicians and evangelists from all over Tanzania attended from 17 different dioceses of the Anglican Church of Tanzania. Representatives of Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, Moravian and Lutheran Churches also attended.

At the school we taught guitar, piano, singing, music theory, song writing, and church music ministry, together with daily teaching of God's Word and worshipping together.
The course was taught by Evangelist Musa Njagamba, Doglas Mdimu and Christine Salaman, and took place at St. John's University. We are grateful to be able to use the university facilities such as classrooms and dormitories during the university break.

As ever, the course was a great blessing to all who attended, who will return to their churches with new skills and renewed enthusiasm for music ministry, as well as being encouraged and renewed spiritually and equipped to serve God in their ministry. Please pray with us that they will be a blessing to their churches and all those that they serve through their music ministry.

This year we had one very special student, Daudi, who is blind and has a gift and passion for music ministry. He came top in the guitar class and the picture shows him performing in the final party.

Isaac also performed at the party to the amazement of many of the students who could not believe how good he is.

Some of our students have returned for several years now and are now in a position where they can begin to teach others.

This picture shows our 3 teachers from this year, together with Leonard and Godlove who have already begun some teaching.

The second picture shows Edmound who is one of the students who we hope will help with teaching in the future. Here he is helping out in a theory class.

Please also pray for the future of this programme of music training, that God will continue to provide resources, teachers and other personnel to help the programme to continue and develop further.

Please pray for a short course which we will be holding in the town of Kahama in a few weeks time. We hope to equip and encourage another group of music ministers.

Thank you to all those who continue to pray for this ministry and to support us financially - your support is hugely appreciated - God bless you.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Evangelists Semina, Chemba

Rev John Kamoyo teaching
We praise God for the latest in our series of training seminars for evangelists of the Anglican Church of Tanzania. This seminar, which took place in August 2016, was for evangelists of the central zone of Tanzania which includes 5 different dioceses.
All the participants with the Diocesan Secretary

Door to door Evangelism
It was held in the diocese of Kondoa in the village of Chemba which the in key area for evangelism in the diocese.

Around 50 evangelists attended together with other local Christians. In the mornings teaching was given by Rev John Kamoyo and Evangelist Musa Njagamba, and then in the afternoons the evangelists went out to practice what they had learnt.

Rev John Kamoyo and Evangelist Musa Njagamba

For 2 afternoons they went out in groups to carry out door to door evangelism and returned with some wonderful testimonies of people giving their lives to Christ, receiving prayer for healing and committing themselves to return to the church.

For the final 2 afternoons we held an open air mission, and again many people gave their lives to Christ, and were healed physically and spiritually.

The challenge now is for the local church in Chemba to keep the momentum going after this outreach and to disciple these new Christians. Please pray for this continued work in the area.

Each evening Christian films were shown in the church, teaching some powerful messages on important issues. The church was packed for these events.
In general the seminar  was a powerful time of outreach to the local community as well as a huge encouragement to the evangelists who attended, who were well equipped to return to their home churches and continue with God's work with new enthusiasm and ability.

Next week we begin our annual month long training course for musicians and worship leaders. Please pray for this course that it too will be a time of equipping and encouragement both practically and spiritually.
Please continue to pray for all the work of the mission and evangelism department and particularly for God's provision as we look to employ a new member of staff for the department.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mission and Evangelism Co-ordinators Conference 2016

Conference Participants

We praise God for our annual conference of Mission and Evangelism Co-ordinators of the Anglican Church of Tanzania which took place from 17th -21st May 2016.

Rt, Rev Bishop Matthew Mhagama (left)  with other participants
Rt. Rev Bishop James Almasi, Chairman, Mission and
Evangelism Department, ACT
The Anglican Church of Tanzania consists of 27 dioceses and participants  from 17 of these attended the conference, which was a wonderful time of sharing, learning and planning together. We were also blessed to be together with the Chair of the department, Bishop James Almasi from the diocese of Masasi and the assistant chair Bishop Matthew Mgahama from the diocese of South West Tanganyika (Njombe).

Rev John Kamoyo, CCT, Trainer
During the conference training was given on How to carry out evangelism amongst a range of different people in a changing world, and also on Offering and Stewardship from
a biblical perspective. Participants were greatly encouraged and inspired by this teaching.
We were also able to meet together with the General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, Rev Canon Capt. Johnson Chinyon'gole to share and discuss plans for the future of the Mission and Evangelism department.

Please pray for all the diocesan mission and evangelism co-ordinators who work with great passion and commitment in the face of many challenges. Pray for their work in the individual dioceses, preaching God's word and reaching out to local people through missions and seminars, training pastors and evangelists and planting churches.

In June of this year (13-19th June) we will be holding our annual week of prayer and evangelism culminating in a day of offering to enable us to do God's work across Tanzania. Pray for this week that it will be a powerful week of prayer for our church, community and country and that God will bless the Anglican Church of Tanzania.

Please also pray for our continued work as a national department in training evangelists, church leaders and those involved in music ministry, as well as for our plans to establish an Anglican Church Radio station. Pray for the provision of funding and a license for this project.

We thank you for your continued prayers and support in different ways. God bless you