Thursday, August 4, 2011

Tanzania: 1000 baptized among the Sukuma




Mwanza, Tanzania: The Evangelical Lutheran  Church in Tanzania (ELCT) is well established
in urban centers but in the  arid lands around Lake Victoria, many—if not most—of the Sukuma
people have yet  to hear the name of  Jesus Christ. The East  of Lake Victoria Diocese (ELVD) of the
ELCT is intentionally reaching out to this large people group  and has invited friends and partners to walk
with them in this work.
In June the Trump Family traveled to Mwanza where we met up with a small team led by Bob Allen of the LCMS’s Mid- South District. An excellent partner in mission,  Bob was open to serving however the ELVD requested. When he first came some years ago, they asked him to do door-to-door evangelism among the Sukuma.

While Krista and Josiah remained in Mwanza Town, Shauen traveled with the team as they
broke into groups of two or three with local guides, translators, and evangelists
and set out into the villages. Shauen shared the Gospel Story with small gatherings, visited with people who had never been to church or had fallen away, and prayed  over an alcoholic in his home.


Shauen’s group even walk to the edge of the village to try and witness to the witchdoctor!  The witchdoctor wasn’t home  at the time (as is often the case when Christian Missionaries are around) but
Shauen spoke to his household, emphasizing the former clarity mankind had in speaking with God in the
Garden of Eden, how that was lost, how the damage was repaired through one sacrifice for all time and all people, and how God clearly speaks to us today through His Word. Those hearing the message were hesitant to act without their head of household present but they requested an evangelist visit them again!

After door-to-door visits in the mornings, the afternoons often featured a gathering at the church to share the message one more time. In one village, even after 150 people had been baptized in their homes, Shauen was asked to preach outside the church and following the message dozens more came forward seeking baptism! 

In one week of door-to-door evangelism
and open-air preaching,  over 1,000 Sukuma people were called to Christ  and regenerated in the
waters of baptism!  Praise the Lord for His work among the Sukuma!


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