News from Africa/Europe Area Director Bryce Whiting
Donors to the Department of International Missions made it possible for me to carry 30 Treasures (solar-powered Bibles) to Tanzania to share with our pastors from Kenya and Tanzania. Treasures make a large impact in Africa for several reasons:
• Financial – Not everyone can afford a Bible. Sometimes there is only one Bible for an entire church.
• Illiteracy – In Tanzania, the illiteracy rate has been disturbingly increasing. In Kenya more than one in three adults are illiterate.
• Eye sight – Corrective lenses are costly, often not affordable. Blurry vision prohibits reading.
Below are photos of people gathering around to hear the Word of God read to them in Swahili.
Pastor Boche Sinis was so thrilled that she called me from Tanzania and reported how groups in her church would take turns borrowing and listening to the Bible together.
Since they love stories, Pastor Johnson Odoyo gathered some listeners under a tree and selected the parables of Luke 15 and 16. He followed by preaching on the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin and the Lost Son, which caused many to come forward for prayer.
Pastor Peter Motende of Kenya sent three photos of Bible-listening groups. He writes the following:
“Our congregation groups here are very happy in the Lord with the Treasures we received from you and brothers and sisters in Christ. We use Swahili Treasures to teach. They desire more spiritual teachings from you, please as we are called to open our arms to the world and bring the unsaved to Christ. God is also calling us to grow in faith and grow in numbers as we serve all of God’s people. In Jesus’s name.”
We are blessed by the Lord to partner with these brethren. God is doing wonderful things.
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory
of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14)