A Growing Ministry Update From Mwanza

A recent update was sent out from Steve and Barb Sherman who are presently in Mwanza, Tanzania. There are exciting things happening and when I read them, I wanted to be sure to share them here with all of you, with permission from the Shermans, in this week’s post for Grace Ministries International.


Greetings from Mwanza, Tanzania.  Thank you to all of you who have prayed for and supported us.  Barb and I made the trek north (about 22 hours) back in October.  We got straight into the ministry and still have not been able to get completely unpacked and moved into our new home.

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Since arriving in Mwanza in October Steve has preached almost every Sunday.  We have 3 church plants and one established church.  We lack trained leaders so Pastor Methodi Mwendapole and Steve take turns rotating in the four churches.  Steve is pictured here at the Nyashimba church last Sunday.

Here is the Nyashimba congregation. They have some pretty lively choirs.  Because of the dirt floor they kick up a lot of dust when their choirs start dancing.mwanza congregation

Pictured below is the home of our host family where we ate lunch at the Nyashimbachurch. To the left are the ladies washing dishes after our meal and in the second bottom picture is the beautiful setting we ate in.  You would be surprised how comfortable it is eating outside under a mango tree with a light breeze even in the 90 degree weather.

 

The majority of our time is spent at the Nyangulugulu city church plant.  This is Pastor Methodi, who is a Tanzanian missionary that we work with, teaching the Wednesday evening Bible Study this week.  We are averaging about 60 men, women, and children on Sundays.

 

Barb and Methodi’s wife take turns teaching the kids Sunday School, Junior Church, and also the Women’s Bible Study on Tuesdays. Believe it or not we are in church 12-15 hours a week with each of our 5 meetings lasting 2-3 hours.

Steve had the privilege of leading a man and his wife to the Lord yesterday at the Nyangulugulu church.  Their names are Benadi and Zainabu. They have three children, Peter, Margaret, and Leah.  Please pray for this family as they have never attended any kind of church before and are the epitome of the phrase “babes in Christ”.

Leah took an immediate liking to Steve. She began to cry when Steve left the building. Later when he came back she came up to the front of the church where Steve was waiting to preach, sat on his lap, and promptly fell asleep.

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to help us build a ministry center here in the Nyangulugulu area of the city of Mwanza. The building is now complete with an office, a large classroom, and two smaller multi-purpose rooms. This is where we will run our Bible School, teach seminars, and operate our correspondence school from.  It is also our head office for the Mwanza region.

For now the Nyangulugulu congregation meets in the ministry center.  Later, after we have grown some, we hope to build a church to the left of the ministry center that uses the fence walls as two sides of the church.

 

This week we are continuing to work on the fence around our compound.  With the current money we have we should be able to finish about 80% of the fence.

Keep praying! Pray for our new congregations that they continue to grow in Christ. Pray as we develop leaders to work in these churches. Pray for our missionary team in Mwanza (Mwendapoles, Shermans, and Capraris who are in the States for medical treatment).  Pray as we plan for further development.

In Christ, Steve and Barb Sherman

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