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Encouraging faith in Tanzania


Featured photo (above): Jonah Simon, minister for the Esilalei Church of Christ in Tanzania, baptizes a man named Liza after a Sunday evening Bible study near Lake Manyara National Park. Liza, one of the Maasai people, began attending the small East African church with his wife, a Christian woman. He decided to give his life to Christ after studying with Simon. Oklahoma evangelist Steven Hill visited Esilalei during a recent mission trip. 


Steven Hill navigated customs and COVID-19 protocols to visit and encourage young Churches of Christ in the East African country of Tanzania. 

Hill, evangelist for the Sullivan Village Church of Christ in Lawton, Okla., and missionary Ralph Williams work with Agustine Saimon, farm foreman for the Andrew Connelly School of Preaching, an extension school of Bear Valley Bible Institute International. 

They seek to plant new churches in areas with no congregations and strengthen churches that have been neglected, Hill said.

“We have built 15 buildings,” Hill said, “and helped seven or eight preachers with motorcycles to be able to travel and preach in remote places in order to establish new churches.” All major purchases are made in the name of the church “so that no one person can sell it or rule over it.”

Arusha, Tanzania

Filed under: International News Tanzania

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