Projects and Missionaires in Africa
Recent Stories from Africa

RWANDA PASTORS AND LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Missionary Evangelist Charles Thornton frequently conducts conferences for pastors and leadership training, and recent efforts were held in Kigali, Rwanda.

A Lifestyle Foreign to Us

Charles stated: “Life there is hard. Imagine you had to go and fetch every drop of water you would need for cooking, cleaning, drinking, and bathing—every day!

The majority living there face that on a continual basis. In residential sections, one sees people everywhere with large, 5-gallon, yellow plastic jugs obtaining water to take home. You’ll find individuals beside the road, down in the ditches, filling the jugs from any source of water they can find. Then, the water is carried back to their homes on their heads, by hand, or bicycle.”

Rainy Season Was Not Rainy

While in Rwanda, Charles was fortunate to stay in a home that had city water. However, at the time, the area was in a drought during what was supposed to be their rainy season. The last two days he was there, no city water was available and they had to fetch water like everyone else.

Training Will Affect 3,000 People

The host pastor, Steven Turikunkiko, has a vision for his region that extends beyond his own church, which is in a rural, poor area. He realizes his fellow pastors lack knowledge and need training, both biblically and in leadership. His church hosted the conference (which was free), and of the 120 invited, 110 attended. Those hungry for the training walked, some from great distances, over hilly terrain and on dirt roads. The combined membership of the churches represented amounted to approximately 3,000 people.

Far Richer In Spirit

The praise and worship was boisterous and glad! The people may seem poor in comparison to those in America, but they are far richer in the Spirit. They exhibit more spiritual hunger and determination than most. God is

To Partner in ministry with Charles and Mavis Thornton click here. Project Number: 065-0897

BIBLES FOR AFRICA

“Sending light to a dark world” … that’s the goal of One Fold/One Shepherd Ministries.

TAKING THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL

One Fold/One Shepherd Ministries was inspired by the scripture reference in Matthew 28:19 when Jesus told His disciples to “go ye therefore, and teach all nations.” Guided by the Holy Spirit after visiting family in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Solomon Macauley, saw the great need for the Word of God, experiencing firsthand how people in poorer nations are fleeced and indoctrinated with incorrect, traditional teaching about the Gospel. As director of OFOS, Macauley strives to take the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the poorest and darkest parts of the world where technology is not prevalent. OFOS wants to put a Bible in the hands of every believer.

TEACHING SCRIPTURAL MEANING

Through discipleship evangelism, OFOS trains individuals who have not been exposed to God’s Word, even in areas where they may have heard it, but have not been taught the Scriptures’ meaning.

OTHER SHEEP

John 10:16 says: “And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.” OFOS is going after the other sheep … the less fortunate who do not have the privilege to hear the true gospel, many who do not own personal Bibles. OFOS provides local people with Bibles and materials, and trains them to go to remote areas of their villages and surrounding places to shepherd and gather these sheep into the fold. OFOS is fulfilling Christ’s command by taking discipleship evangelism to the far reaches of the world, preaching repentance and the remission of sins (Luke 24:47).

Once known in earlier missions efforts as the “Dark Continent,” Africa is now receiving the Light that drives out the darkness!

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TWO BOOKS TO SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS

Christmas is vastly different in Kenya, Africa, where Missionary Marcia Anderson teaches at Discipleship College. No Christmas trees, no Christmas music, no lights to show it’s a different season.

Yet, it is a special time when young people marry, churches have youth camps, and streets are crowded with people shopping for Christmas clothes for their children. Families travel home to their villages to visit family for Christmas and eat “kuku” (chicken) and “chapatis (unleavened bread) which everyone loves.

For Marcia, it was a time to rest and she was able to finish two books: her autobiography The Shepherd’s Network, and Tea Without Sugar: Chastened for a Destiny. Any profits from these books will help bring scholarship students to Discipleship College.

At the close of last year, there was a constructive alumni meeting, a festive graduation, and an excellent faculty training and staff retreat. Some of their colleagues from other institutions in the missionary fellowship helped them.

Marcia looks forward to teaching Hebrew again and Old Testament Survey at the diploma level. The approval has not yet come for the school to become a constituent college of the Asian Seminary for Christian Ministry. Please pray an important paper that ASCM needs will arrive quickly so they can begin, as they are believing for increased enrollment.

Marcia Anderson: Project 060-0054 (click here to partner online).

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COOPERATION COMES FROM VARIOUS PLACES

In recent posts, we reported that Lee University adopted the Church of God Phebe Grey Orphanage in Liberia as its project for missions efforts. The main thrust of the emphasis brought new items for the school via books for the library, school supplies, a new science lab, and so forth.

A young lady by the name of Lindsey Slaughter, who is a home missionary through Indian Ministries of North America located in Cleveland, Tennessee, contacted Lee University with this message:

“We receive many donations throughout the year, and, at times, become overwhelmed with extra blessings. I recently attended Lee U. chapel and heard Pastor Jimmy Harper say that donations of books for the library at the school in Liberia were being accepted. Here at IMNA, we have several boxes of age-appropriate and topic-appropriate books that were donated to us to distribute, along with several library organization items. I hope our donations will benefit the efforts in Liberia.”

An unexpected source will provide more blessings for a needy project through cooperation efforts.

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CELEBRATING 70 YEARS

Some 30 years ago, Pastor Emmanuel J. Moodley planted a new church with only 12 members under the shade of a large tree on a vacant lot in Durban, South Africa. Today, the Bethsaida Full Gospel Church of God boasts a membership of 10,000.

Currently serving as Second Deputy Moderator of the Full Gospel Church of God in South Africa, this illustrious pastor has not only ministered to those in his immediate parish, but has touched innumerable nations with his ministry … Israel, Lebanon, Kuwait, Iraq, UAE, India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Seychelles, Rodriquez, Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Bahamas, Hawaii, Cuba, Jamaica, Russia, England, Hungary, Ile De Sol, Switzerland, Greece, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Brazil, Argentina, Panama City, West Indies, Canada, Portugal, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Egypt, Namibia, Lesotho, Angola, Congo, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya, Ghana, Cape Verde Island, the Czech Republic, Libya, Swaziland, Jordan, Malawi, Wales, Scotland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Cyprus, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Iceland, Romania, Vatican City, Philippines, Senegal, as well as 51 trips to the USA.

Dr. Moodley’s heart is for the people, and he has initiated multiple programs of outreach during his tenure at the Bethsaida church, one being the launching of a Widows Ministry, an historic first for South Africa.

World Missions Director Dr. David M. Griffis, Assistant Director M. Thomas Propes, and Church of God World Missions wish Dr. Emmanuel J. Moodley congratulations on this landmark event, his 70th birthday—to a man who has made his years on earth count for the glory of God!

AN ABDUCTED PASTOR

Part Two

The following morning, the general’s brother lost his courage. He contacted the general and explained what he had seen in the vision. The general said, “I know this pastor. He is a man of prayer, and I know there are people praying for him. Ask him to pay $600 instead and I will release him—$600. Not a penny more, not a penny less.”

The Church treasury had only $200, which was being prepared for mailing to the National Office. I told my children to sell some of my personal items and my wife’s clothes which raised an additional $200. The general refused the $400. My brother obtained the other $200 for a total of $600 and the general said, “You can go now.”

I wanted to know the reason for all this. He stated, “Your son got married, your daughter got married, but you never gave me anything when I got married twice. The place you live, you have gold, but you never gave me anything.” I explained to him that I was not involved in the gold extraction in the area. He replied, “This $600 is my share for that. Now leave!”

We were tired, weak, and in poor condition. My wife suffered pain in her chest because of the beatings. We could not walk, and were not given any food. My wife found some cassava and tarot near their camp that she roasted on an open fire, and we survived initially on that.

A young man in a nearby village met us on the way back home, and he brought food to strengthen us, thereby miraculously saving us in our weakened conditions.

All that transpired … the visions … the prayers of the saints … not only brought about release, but the prayers destabilized the kingdom of darkness. God’s angel appeared to the general and demanded they stop all activity against the population, or they would die! The soldiers were frightened and understood there was nothing they could do but to obey … they knew the power of Almighty God!