2016 Highlights

2016 was an amazing year for us as we have watched God’s hand move on our behalf and open new doors of ministry for us through working with Africa’s Hope, a ministry of AGWM. Tim is part of the leadership team and oversees the ministry of Africa Library Services (ALS).

Our mission at Africa’s Hope is “to facilitate training that equips the church in Africa to disciple the nations in the power of the Holy Spirit”.

In an effort to accomplish our mission, here are some of the activities and ministries that Tim has completed with the help of the Africa Library Services team this year:

  • Visited Bible Schools and training centers in Burkino Faso, Togo, Kenya and Tanzania. He helped set up and equip several of the Bible Schools in these countries.
  • Shipped 8 containers, a number of crates and numerous suitcases filled with textbooks and library supplies to several different African nations to assist their Bible Schools.
  • Used the “Print on Demand” (POD) press to print over $11,000 in books; this same amount of books printed elsewhere would have cost 3-4 times as much. These books have been printed in English, French and Portuguese. One of our goals is to set up 12 “PODS” around the African continent. This will enable Bible Schools/National churches to print their own materials; saving us thousands of dollars in printing costs and shipping books from the states.

There are 352 Bible training centers across Africa with 14,187 students enrolled and being trained for ministry.  Our on-going goal is to supply each of them with the textbooks they need in the languages of their people.

To facilitate these needs, we are continuing to produce and print our Discovery Series textbooks which currently consists of 38 titles; the equivalent of a 3-year diploma level training or an AA degree.  This meets the needs of 90% of our African pastors and leaders.  These courses will eventually be printed in thirteen different languages.

We are also producing and printing the “Living the Truth” series.  This is a seven year discipleship training course for all believers. We currently have 18 million believers in Assembly of God churches across Africa – and the number is growing daily!

There are exciting days ahead of us as we continue to strive to strengthen our national churches by providing biblically sound and culturally relevant educational materials; for the new convert as well as for our emerging national leaders attending Assemblies of God Bible schools and training centers. Africa’s Hope is there, partnering with the national church for an increasingly redeemed and transformed Africa.

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Tanzania General Council 2016

We attended the Tanzania Assemblies of God (TAG) General Council for our final time last week in Dodoma Tanzania.

If I could choose a theme for this council, it would be “Celebrating the Journey”.  The TAG is 75 years old and has come from a time when all the leaders/pastors could meet together in one room to today; meeting in the huge Udome in Dodoma that would probably seat near 10,000 and at times there were was not enough seats for all in attendance.  Over 4,500 ministers were registered for this conference.

There were too many wonderful things that happened to mention them all, but here are a few highlights:

  • About 156 Evangelists were commissioned
  • 300 Pastors were ordained
  • Nine new missionaries were commissioned bringing the total foreign TAG missionaries to 14.
  • Over 300 ministers were called into missions during the missions service
  • Over 8,000 new churches were promised to be established within the next two years.

There were awesome moves of God’s Spirit over the course of the 3 day conferences which resulted in pastors and leaders making commitments to greater service, deeper walks of faith and commitments to become church planters.

The TAG has grown to about 7,500 churches with about that same number of pastors. They have two more years left of their decade of harvest to reach their goals of 10,000 churches and 10,000 pastors.

I am convinced that they will reach that goal thanks to the mighty move of the Holy Spirit throughout the course of this General Council.  To God Be the Glory!

Tim in Africa

Tim left for Africa again on July 22 to visit Bible Schools in Togo, Burkina Faso and Kenya.  His last week of this trip will be in Tanzania.  His purpose in Tanzania has several facets to it; one of them being to make a presentation to the pastors attending the Tanzania Assemblies of God General Council meeting in Dodoma.  They are expecting about 4,000 pastors to attend this council.

Tim will be presenting a book to every pastor in attendance at this year’s General Council.  The book, “The Pastor’s Helper” has been translated into Swahili.  This book is a bible study and a ministry reference tool that includes a dictionary, concordance and many practical helps for the Pentecostal life and ministry.

I will be privileged to travel to Tanzania for the second week of August to join Tim for the General Council.  It will serve as our final and official farewell to the Tanzania national church.  I look forward to seeing many pastors and their wives who we have become friends with over the years.  It will be a bittersweet time.