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

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Mission and Evangelism in 2016

We Praise God for all that he enabled us to achieve in 2015 and for bringing us safely into a new year. We have been making plans for activities for 2016 and we ask for your continued prayers as we strive to equip evangelists, and church leaders to reach out to many people with the Gospel. We ask for your prayers for God's provision of funds and resources to enable us to carry out these plans effectively. Some of our planned activities so far are as follows:
16-21st May 2016:
Mission and Evangelism Co-ordinators' conference. Mission and Evangelism Co-ordinators from the 27 dioceses across Tanzania will be coming together to share, learn and encourage one another so that they are better equipped to continue with their work in evangelism in their own dioceses over the coming year.

13-19th June 2016:
Week of Prayer and Evangelism of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, culminating in a day of offering for the Mission and Evangelism department. During this week the Anglican Church across Tanzania will be united in prayer for our church, our communities, our country and the world, and many events such as seminars, prayer vigils and missions will take place. Please pray that God's work will be done during this week

July 2016 (date to be confirmed):
School of Biblical Training in collaboration with Crosslinks UK. This course was delivered last year in the coast and Eastern zone. This year we aim to deliver the course again, this time in the "Lake zone" in the Northern part of Tanzania. Leaders from 6 dioceses will be invited to participate and to improve their preaching skills.

24-29 August 2016:  
Training of  Evangelists of the Central Zone. We have carried out training for lay evangelists in 2 of the 5 zones of Tanzania. This year we plan to continue in the central zone, and if we are able to secure funding we may continue in another zone. The seminar offers training for evangelists, together with practice in the form of door to door evangelism and open air missions. Previously it has been a great success, blessing and equipping many evangelists and also with effective evangelistic work where we have seen many come to Christ and many others healed. Please pray that this event will have similar results

18th September - 14th October 2016:
Music and Worship training School:  This month long programme is aimed at equipping church musicians both in musical skills and spiritually for the ministry to which God has called them. This is the 5th course we have carried out and it is in great demand having blessed many musicians and their churches over the past years. Please pray for a vision for the continuation of this programme in the future.

As well as all this specific events we are continuing with our project to develop an Anglican Church Radio Station, ACT AMANI FM, and we ask for your prayers that this may become a reality this year.

Bible distribution project:
We are also continuing with our project to distribute bibles and other church books and Christian literature so that people all over Tanzania have access to bibles and books easily and at low cost.

Please pray that God equips us and provides for us so that we are able to do his work effectively in 2016. If you are able to help with a donation to support this work please contribute on our just giving page  (Also on the link at the top of this blog)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ACT AMANI FM Radio Project

For this year the various seminars we have been carrying out have finished and at the moment our main focus is on the development of our project to establish an Anglican Church of Tanzania radio station ACT AMANI FM. At present ACT does not have any sort of media platform through which to broadcast news and information about the church and its events. It would be of huge benefit to the church.

A radio station would also be a great resource for broadcasting education in a wide range of different issues to help local communities. 
As people will be attracted by such community education programmes there is also the potential for evangelism through programmes teaching the Word and through entertainment programmes from Christian choirs.
In August/September we carried out a feasibility study which primarily involved consultation in local communities. These pictures show the team carrying out this study. We are very grateful to FEBA UK who funded this study and have been very supportive. During the community consultation there was great excitement at the prospect of a new church radio station.

It was also clear that radio is by far the most widely used form of media here in Tanzania, nearly everyone saying they listen to the radio, and large numbers saying they listen every day. People are eager to receive education programmes of high quality and from a Christian perspective as well as news and information and Christian entertainment.

We are now in the process of writing a project proposal for funding for this project as well as applying for a broadcasting and construction license.
Both these processes have many challenges and we appreciate your prayers as we search for potential funders and try to obtain our license. God willing we hope to get ACT AMANI FM up and running in 2016.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Training of Evangelists in the Southern Zone of ACT

We praise God for the success of our recent training seminar for lay evangelists of the Southern Zone of the Anglican Church of Tanzania. This is the second in a series of seminars following the training we did in the Western Zone last year. 

The 4 day seminar took place in the diocese of Masasi in the town of Tunduru and over 100 evangelists attended from 5 different dioceses. Tunduru is a key area for evangelism in the diocese of Masasi and so was chosen as a focus for the seminar which involved practical evangelistic work as well as training.
Rev Can David Haj
Rt. Rev James Almasi
We had 2 amazing teachers, Rev Canon David Haji of AEA (Anglican Evangelical Association) and Rt. Rev James Almasi, the Bishop of Masasi.

Each morning involved teaching in the classroom together with prayer and worship. The first 2 evenings evangelists divided into groups to carry out door to door evangelism, which was a very encouraging time of meeting with people of other faiths and sharing the good news of the Gospel. They were generally well received and many people responded positively to the Gospel.

The following 2 evenings we held an open air mission, preaching the Gospel and Worshipping God amongst the local community. Large numbers of people came to hear the word and receive prayer ministry. Many gave their lives to Christ and others were delivered of evil spirits. Following the mission we also showed the Jesus film on a large screen outdoors to which more people came. The local church is now following up those who responded during this mission, meeting with them and discipling them regularly. Please pray for this ongoing work and those individuals.


Sunday Morning Service
On the Saturday morning one of our evangelists was made a deacon of the Anglican Church in a wonderful service of the high church tradition which is dominant in the South of Tanzania. On the Sunday morning, a group of us went to minister at a small church plant, which is very new and has no building but meets under a Mango tree. It was a wonderful service and during prayer ministry around half the congregation came forward to make a renewed commitment to Christ. We praise God for this and pray that he continues to build and encourage this congregation 

We ask that you join us to pray for all those evangelists who attended the course. It was a huge blessing to all involved and we pray that they will now be equipped and fired up to return to their dioceses and work for the Lord through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We thank you for your prayers and for your support without which we would not be able to do this work. We ask for your continued prayers as we make plans to continue training like this in the remaining 3 zones of the Anglican Church. Our greatest challenge is funding and resources and we ask that if you feel able to support this work you consider making a donation on our just giving page using the link at the top of this blog. The seminars are not expensive, particularly considering the impact that they have. We need only around £3000 for one seminar.

God bless you.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Music School and Crosslinks Biblical Training Seminar



Music Class 2015
We praise God that our annual one month music school was once again a huge success this year. The school, which gathers those involved in music ministry from all over the country, aims to teach music skills and also encourage and build up students spiritually so they are better equipped to serve God effectively in the ministry to which he has called them.

This year 31 students attended representing 17 dioceses of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, together with representatives of the Lutheran Church and Pentecostal Churches.

Students were taught piano, guitar and singing skills, music theory, composition of songs, and many aspects of music ministry. They were also given the challenge of writing songs in groups based on challenging passages from scripture. Some of these songs can be seen in the videos below. This year songs were based on passages from Song of Songs and Hosea.

Former Student, Leonard, teaching piano
Piano class with teacher Douglas
The teachers this year were myself, evangelist Musa Njagamba, a gifted musician and evangelist who has been with us since we began this project 5 years ago and Douglas Mdimu, who was teaching for the first time this year but proved to be a valuable member of the team as a gifted teacher and a humble servant of God. We were also joined by Leonard Kassembe and Godlove Mpandiko, two former students of this course who were now able to teach in some areas and did extremely well. It is wonderful to see the fruits of our previous work.

Former student Godlove, teaching guitar
The course was a huge blessing to all involved, teachers and students alike. Please pray that all who attended will be equipped to enhance the musical worship of their churches and pass on their knowledge and experiences to others.

Crosslinks School of Biblical Training

Also in August we were privileged to receive guests from Crosslinks UK who came to facilitate a seminar entitled "School of Biblical Training", training pastors, preachers, church leaders and evangelists in preaching skills. The seminar took place in Morogoro and representaives from the 6 dioceses of the North and Eastern Zone of Tanzania participated. This seminar too was a great blessing to all involved and we pray that Crosslinks may be able to develop this work further in Tanzania to encourage and equip our preachers and evangelists in their ministry.
Next week we will be holding the second of our training seminars for lay evangelists, which will take place in the Southern zone of the Anglican Church, based in the diocese of Masasi. We hope that around 100 evangelists will attend this seminar and we pray again that they will be encouraged and equipped in their ministry. As well as the training aspect of the meeting, participants will also carry out door to door evangelism and a 2 day open air mission. Please pray that lives will be touched and people will come to know Christ.

As always we continue to struggle to find the funding necessary for all of these projects and we are very grateful to all those who have contributed financially and with musical instruments etc. Without these donations much of our work would not be possible. If you feel able to contribute please donate on our just giving page on the link above.

Please enjoy these videos from the music school....