Nyamato Mkuranga Site
Members of the Makongo Juu church in Dar s Salaam took evangelism to a remote place in Mkuranga District, called Nyamato, in response to a global call to enter unentered areas in 2004/5.
A church company was planted in this village and by the grace of God land was bought and a shade, prepared of corrugated iron roof on steel poles, was erected as a place of worship.
The shade provided shelter against wind and rain and nothing more. Many years went by and the shade was almost falling away. Mindful of the conditions at Nyamato and God’s blessings to us, my family requested the Makongo Juu church and willing members, to allow us sponsor and lead the construction work on this building. On divers date in 2012 my family with ateam of volunteers from the Makongo juu church, filled with the holly spirit, left Dar Es Salaam and camped at the church site in Nyamato to do God’s work.
Many of the volunteers initially planned to work for a couple of days only and return to their activities in Dar es Salaam. But the holly spirit was with the team and prevailed upon them to stay to the end. The work was done and building completed within ten days.
This church has a capacity of 200 in a sitting arrangement. There is a special room in the building for a dispensary, an important service for God’s work in this area.
Suguti Mission Site, Nyambui
Until now the 1963 church was able to receive only half of those able to attend church service, the other half remained outside, on the grass and seated on logs every Sabbath. This condition acted negatively on many who remained at home.Also, this building had been infested by ants that threatened to pull the front wall down.
The congregation was worried about this development and planned to repair the damage. They also planned to erect a new one a few meters away.While vacationing at home in the village, I attended Sabbath worship when a call was made by the church elder. Members thought that one million shillings could do the work, which was grossly unrealistic but commensurate with average ability to give.
The members started contributing
money for the proposed new and bigger church at Suguti Mission. An assessment
of cash flow to the church from the church members alone revealed that at that
rate, both the repairs and new building were not possible in the foreseeable
future. On receiving this grim assessment my family decided to assist with
resources and address the short term problem.
In this way, and in close cooperation with women, men and children of the Suguti Mission Church my family contributed resources to repair the old church and increase its size by about 40 square meters. Those who used to sit outside the church during worship services were absorbed after this work was completed in 2012, but those in despair continued to sit at home on sabbath, implying that many were now back sliders.
The church now has a new look, and more attractive than before, though some more work needs to be done. The podium is larger and can accommodate the choir during worship services. Church members are still planning to have a new building on the new foundation and leave the old one for the children who are as many as the adults.
Church members at Suguti Mission church, mindful that many worshipers were not able to attend church services, they decided to suspend the construction of the new nearby church in favour of a new church at Kwikonero. In other words, to build a second church at a new location at the far end of the village for those living away from the Suguti Mission church. The decision was critical to God’s work in Suguti but resources were scarce.
My family, gave
inheritance land for the site, funding and other resources, building design and
supervision of construction work. The work started in November 2013 and the
church opened for church services on 6th Agust, 2014.
The prediction of the church was timely. On this first Sabbath drew a large congregation. The official count stands at 564 people who attended church service on this historical day which is far above the carrying capacity of both churches namely the refurbished 1963 and this new church. A month prior to the opening a two week evangelistic meeting 42 people made decisions for Christ and on the official opening the baptism class was attended by over 50 new members seeking to know Jesus and him crucified.
Our God in heaven has revealed and taught us the power in a church where members work together and in love. HE has also taught us the importance of having houses of worship that respond to the need for: bigger congregations drawn to Christ on a daily basis; closeness of church buildings to people who have no other transport save their own feet; and quality churches that can attract doubting souls.
This new 2012 church has drawn debates among passers-by as to whether “the Seventh-Day Adventist church has the means to build such churches in villages”. In other words the understanding out there is that Adventists do not care where they worship their God or people whose priorities do not uphold the glory of God similar to the Israelites in times of prophet Haggai (Haggai:2).