Along the Congo River, we have more than 30 preaching points and organized churches. There is no other means of transportation in that area; no vehicles or motorcycles, just flowing on the river. Our goal was to take our first trip with our Nazarene Boat Ministry.
It was great to have such ministry along the Congo River. Five days of ministry from 21st – 25th August 2019, leaving Kindu city up to LUKENYE 150 km along the river. We had opportunity to minister to five different villages known as PEMBE LIBA, NGUMBU, LOLESONGO, BAKUMBA 2 AND LUKENYE village. In each village, we were welcomed by churches planted by the Jesus Film ministry alongside the strategy of the district leadership. This Boat ministry has really come at the right time and has made the church of the Nazarene visible along the river.
Those villages have a large population but no other means of transportation apart from the boats, and boats without motor as you can see in the pictures. The Nazarenes were the first church to come with a motor-boat and it made the church to be more respected among the others. Nazarene Boat Ministry is unique on the Congo River said some villagers in song.
We organized two open air Evangelism campaigns in different places with a great number of participants. Trainings on how do an effective evangelism and a proper discipleship program were provided to pastors and upcoming leaders along the river. We thank God for providing a free and great heart to all the facilitators and donors of such a great tool for evangelism along the Congo River. We also express our thanks to the Maniema District Superintendent with his leadership for organizing such a project.
To God be the glory for His protection during the time of the trip and safe journey of the members who went with. The delegation was of 28 persons including men and women of God.
We have been focused on developing discipleship materials for people groups that are based in oral cultures. This year we have seen our orality champions faithfully train and send out storytellers all across their communities. No better illustration of this work is Rev. Edward Ndessan from Ghana North. This last quarter he reported the following:
Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! This is an opportunity given to me to share with you what God is doing mightily in orality ministry for these past four months in Northern Ghana.
Last four months started from January, I was able to organize two trainings where Bible stories were told to people; February, two events; March three events and April one event. Total events for the four months are 8. The break down are total number of people attended these gatherings. Total for January= 255, Feb 127, March = 306, April =173. Over all total number is=861. Number of total souls won for Christ is =39. Number of new coaches/ story tellers being developed or trained =24
The total stories being recorded in Kusaal language 28, and Moar language 10. So the total over all given was a total of 38 and the number of story discussion groups was 24. We praise God for the work that has taken over our district. Every Saturday women come to learn stories and then go and tell those stories in their communities. Many are learning the stories of the bible and sharing those stories with their neighbors. Praise the name of the living God!
We are producing bible story scarfs that the women wear and share their faith with others. One church in Texas helped us raise $3,000 USD through their VBS kids’ program so that we could print 1,000 story scarfs in Togo.