GLOBAL PARTNER STORIES
AFRICA: Continued Expansion
AUTHOR: Bob Bagley, Africa Area Director | CATEGORY: #AdvancingChurch, #ChurchesReproduced | POSTED May 30, 2018
EVERYWHERE TO EVERYWHERE
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! . . .” And God granted his request.
–1 Chronicles 4:10 NIV
I don’t know if the African Wesleyan Church has been praying the prayer of Jabez, but God has certainly been enlarging its territory. Recent developments include the following:
CHAD: Toward the end of 2017, missionary Andrew Bondo (Liberian serving in Nigeria) traveled with a Nigerian pastor and a Cameroonian ministry partner to explore ministry possibilities in Chad. They connected with a local partner, and plans are underway to plant the first Wesleyan church in that country. Andrew reports that they have raised the funds needed to launch this work.
THE GAMBIA: The Wesleyan Church of Sierra Leone is launching its first mission outreach to the country of The Gambia. They have developed a four-year strategy for starting the work, including use of the JESUS film, connecting with Sierra Leonean Wesleyans living in the country, and sending their first missionary. Their initial survey team recently went to The Gambia to lay the ground work. More information and a chance to give to this initiative can be found on the Global Partners website at gponline.org/gambia.
BURUNDI: Dr. Jacques Kasweshi, National Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church of the Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo) recently traveled to Burundi to meet with leaders of an independent holiness church who expressed interest in joining the Congolese church. At the end of the week-long meeting, the members of the church voted unanimously to join forces with The Wesleyan Church. The national superintendent reported that it was clearly obvious that God had prepared this church and its leaders to be part of the Wesleyan family.
Cover photo: Dr. Jacques Kasweshi, National Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church of the Congo