Just this week, we received field report from Church Planter and Evangelist Arthur Magezi. He has just been out to see the 10 new church plants that were started last summer. He also spent time furthering the training of the young pastors.
Arthur writes: “The devil is not happy with us but God is pleased and that is all we need.” Why is this important to recognize? Eight of the ten church plants were started in small bush villages that had never had a church. As a result, ancestor worship and African witchcraft has ruled these areas and people for as long as anyone remembers. Yet, as Arthur arrived in the village church plant of Nagangama, he was pleasantly surprised to find a village elder had donated land to the church so they could build a church to worship the Lord in. In the photo, you will notice the pastor in a pink shirt and tie, next to him Arthur in blue shirt, and next to him the village elder. The white man is a friend of ETeam Global, Dr. Richard Gardiner, a long term Wycliffe missionary in in Nigeria, there to see how he could help with training of pastors. The group is praying and dedicating the land donated to the Lord and for a church to be built there.
Later, Arthur visited the new church plant of Nabigaaga. He was thrilled to see the church had land, gathered straw, water from a distant creek, and made mud. What does that equal? Brick making so a small brick church can be built. He was amazed to see children, youth, and woman – in fact the whole church, involved in the making of bricks to build their first village church. Maybe it is children walking long distances to fetch water, or it is the woman collecting straw, or the youth and men mixing the straw, water, red clay mud, and forming bricks.
ETeam Global will have a construction team this summer that will work alongside these villagers to help them build their churches. Pray we can raise the $5,000 for two churches to be built.
Solomon, with his great prayer of dedication of the Temple, prayed “O, Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven or on earth, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart. But will God indeed dwell with man on earth? Behold, heaven and highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this house that I have built! Then hear from heaven your dwelling place and forgive and render to each whose hear you know, according to all his ways, for you, you only, know the hearts of the children of mankind, that they may fear you and walk in your ways all the days they live in the land.” 2 Chronicles 6: 14, 18, 30, 31.
Lord may this be true for these new churches in the villages you have planted hearts to worship you.