Monday, May 08, 2006

Gigantic Mugumo Trees Grow From Tiny Seedlings!

Like many churches in Africa, the Jellys FMC has started under a mango tree. Pastor Josephat Michael Ntampaka, the deputy National Superintendent of the Free Methodist Church in Tanzania visits the people who live near the Jellys School and shares the Word of God with them. He then invites them to join him on Sunday under the mango tree for worship. Attendance varies each Sunday. On a sunny morning he can have up to twenty people. On a rainy day like yesterday he ends up with less than 10 people in the worship service. For him, it is not the numbers that matter but his faithfulness to his calling! Like the gigantic Mugumo trees that grow from tiny seedlings, the Jellys FMC hopes to grow and become a "gigantic" church in future!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Joshua & William attend Leadership seminar.

Outgoing leader of the Maasai FMC William Joseph Ole Oongowarak and the new leader Joshua Ole Ngelin were among the 20 leaders of the Free Methodist Church in Tanzania who attended a one-week leadership seminar that was held in Mwanza. Leadership lessons from the letters of Paul to Timothy and Titus were explored.

It is never too late to learn.

For Latang Lendemi, Ongoswe Tesi and Naranta Barimba life will never be the same again. They are serious students. They want to know how to read and write their names. They want to be able to write to their friends back in Longido. But above everything else, they want to be able to read their Bibles. Because of these reasons they come to class everyday!