By Neil Earle
Kalengule Kaoma, one of GCI’s mission developers in Africa, reports on recent developments in the West African nation of Togo and the east African nation of Tanzania. Here, in part, is his report.
In February, members of GCI’s Lome congregation in Togo planted a church in the town of Kpodzi Apéyémé about 35 miles from Lomé. The congregation is named Porte Divine (Divine Gate). Its attendance averages about 90 people, including Agbagnons Kossi, the senior chief who oversees seven villages in the area.
Another project of the Lomé congregation is the Social Medical Center, a health center that provides medical services to women and young children as part of GCI Togo’s contribution to national development. To be ready for its opening in September 2016, the facility’s pharmacy, laboratory, treatment and doctor’ consultation rooms need to be completed, and fundraising is underway.
Kalengule has been in contact since 2009 with representatives of 20 Sabbatarian churches in Tanzania with a combined attendance of about 800 people. Over the years, these congregations have experienced a grace-awakening similar to ours. As a result, they recently decided to affiliate with us, taking on the Grace Communion International name.
In 2010 we began a relationship with ten other Sabbatarian congregations in Tanzania. They have a combined attendance of about 260 people. These congregations have also chosen to affiliate with us, joining hands in preaching the gospel in southwest Kenya and the Mara region of Tanzania.