Tag Archives: Tanzania

On a ‘Vision’ Trip to Africa

By Kyle Hayes

When we finalized the plans to join other Church of God leaders on a “vision” trip to visit Mike and Heather Webb last year, I was excited. But I was also completely unaware of how transformational the trip could be. Though my wife and I had traveled internationally, we had never been on the African continent. We were very much in over our heads. Continue reading

Tanzania: Local Leaders, Missionaries Taste Fruit of Their Labor

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Photo: Herman Kisasila (Children of Promise) reunites with Caroline and Don Armstrong (Global Strategy: Asia-Pacific).

By Carl Stagner

When fire destroyed the boys’ dormitory at Aldersgate Education Center on August 29, the Church of God in Tanzania faced a pretty serious test. Would the church and the school resolve to respond undeterred from the upward path they were on, or would the effect of the blow require extensive recovery? Your generous support following the tragedy, combined with emergency funds sent immediately from Global Strategy, provided the relief that was needed right away. But the Church of God in Tanzania rose to the occasion with haste and dignity that reflected a people growing in number, spiritual maturity, and sustainability. When the Church of God regional coordinators convened in Tanzania for their annual January meetings, those present were afforded a firsthand opportunity to witness the fruit of seeds planted over generations by both missionaries and indigenous leaders. Continue reading

Rebuilding Underway After Aldersgate Fire, Your Help Crucial

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Photo: Charred foot lockers, textbooks, and personal belongings.

By Carl Stagner

On August 29, 2016, disaster hit too close to home for the Church of God in Tanzania. A fire broke out in the high school boys’ dorm at Aldersgate Education Center at about 8:20 in the evening. Though none of the ninety boys were physically injured by the blaze, most of their belongings were destroyed and some had to be treated for emotional injury. Aldersgate, a school for nusery-age through high school students in Babati, Tanzania, provides education for Church of God laity and prepares leaders to strengthen the church of tomorrow. That’s why it’s so critical to ensure the continuing ministry of Aldersgate. Rebuilding has begun, but because of a lack of adequate emergency funds, the school desperately needs your help. Continue reading

Webbs Announced as Regional Coordinators for Africa

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Photo: Mike and Heather Webb, daughter Madalyn.

By Ben Shular and staff

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

This African proverb has resonated with me since first reading it some time ago. I’ve tried to apply its wisdom in whatever ministry God had me. At Church of God Ministries, we are striving to assemble the most effective team possible to change the world and help people understand that Jesus is the subject. Continue reading

Church of God Ministries Announces International Ministries Director

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Photo: The Shular Family

Church of God Ministries (CGM) has named Ben Shular as the new director of international ministries.

“Our world is larger than it has even been, and yet smaller and more reachable at the same time,” Ben explains. “Our focus must not only be in making disciples of all nations, but disciples empowered to replicate themselves. We can’t emphasize just building church bodies in other countries, but empowering nationals to make churches in their own countries and of their own culture. Jim Lyon has a heart to serve the church at great personal sacrifice, and give it a vision to own. I feel led to be a part of what is going to happen in the movement today under Jim. International ministries will strive to be a valuable commodity for individual congregations and their members in outreach ministry.” Continue reading