Years ago, we started this bold Breakthrough Prayer, “Father, use us to build a Christ-centered reproducing church among an unreached people, the Nyamwezi, by 2030.”

Since that time, we have watched the Lord grow our hearts in love for the Nyamwezi people in a variety of ways:

  • participation in the monthly Nyamwezi Prayer Group
  • trips to Tanzania to minister at the Tabora Bible College and experience firsthand the work among the Nyamwezi
  • financial gifts to help build church roofs and parts of Tabora Bible College, and to provide Bibles, beds and bikes to those taking the gospel to the Nyamwezi
  • a visit from Bishop Silas in August 2022 (he has spent years ministering to the Nyamwezi)

As we continue to pray this prayer, I have found myself asking the following question: Isn’t there a faster way to reach the Nyamwezi?

Couldn’t we simply pump the gospel into the Tabora region in Tanzania among the Nyamwezi by radio or the internet? Then the messengers wouldn’t need to deal long-term with a new culture and many people could hear without a lot of expense. Wouldn’t that be cool?

For some reason, God doesn’t like my “efficient” ideas!

What did God Himself do?

He sent His Son to be born in a manger and into poverty among a certain race of human beings, the Jews. He sent His Son to serve individuals like a Roman centurion with a sick servant, a Greek woman with a demon-possessed daughter and even a much-hated, height-challenged tax collector named Zacchaeus!

God saved these people, not by decree from above, but by taking on flesh and coming alongside them – IN PERSON! 

As the Father sent Jesus and Jesus commissioned the twelve disciples, so we continue to send our own missionaries, our own flesh and blood, today.

That’s why we have been about sending missionaries for over 100 years.

That’s also why we are excited about two different IN-PERSON INVESTMENTS we are making this year among the Nyamwezi in Tabora, Tanzania.

1. TANZANIA SPORTS MINISTRY TEAM

For a week in July, Church of the Open Door will be sending a team to the Tabora Bible College in Tabora, Tanzania. They’ll be teaching up to 60 students how to use sports as a gateway to share the gospel and make disciples to Jesus.

Two members of the team, Steve Quatro and Franklyn Joseph, have many years of experience training others in this effective evangelism and discipleship tool. Their heart is to see Nyamwezi reached through the national sport of Tanzania – soccer!

Another purpose of the trip is to discern if the Lord might be calling the Joseph family (Franklyn and Charley and their two little girls) to serve in this location long-term. Please pray that the Lord would make His desire for them clear to all involved.

Please pray for this team as they raise funds, prepare lessons, plan the schedule, and work on team building. We will keep you posted as this team gets closer to their July launch to Tabora!

2. PASTOR ZACHARIUS GITU – “THE GLUE”

The second IN-PERSON INVESTMENT we are making as a church this year is assisting a shepherd/teacher at the Tabora Bible College who pours into students who take the gospel to the Nyamwezi.

His name is Pastor Zacharius Gitu (pictured at the top with his wife), and he is a dependable servant who partners with Andy and Margaret Andersen in training and caring for students.

Pastor Gitu is the headmaster of Tabora Bible College and lives on the campus with his family – his wife, Esta, and four children (Daniel/7th grade, Tabitha/5thgrade, Daudi/1st grade and baby Musa).

From organizing myriad student details to teaching and counseling students to maintaining the property itself, it is no wonder that Andy and Margaret call Pastor Gitu “the glue.”

This faithful man makes it possible for class after class of students to have a good environment to get the training they need to get launched and plant churches and make disciples to Jesus around the Tabora Diocese.

Church of the Open Door has the privilege of helping Pastor Gitu get some additional online Bible training he needs from the International Theological College of Tanzania.

Please pray for Pastor Gitu’s studies and for his son, Daudi, who is getting treatments for sickle cell anemia.

Thanks for your part through your gifts to Church of the Open Door and through praying our 2024 Breakthrough Prayer for the Nyamwezi:

Father, set the Nyamwezi free from Satan’s strongholds and help them embrace the family of God. (Father, use to build a Christ-centered reproducing church among an unreached people – the Nyamwezi – by 2030.)

You are a vital part of getting the gospel to the most remote parts of the Tabora region where many Nyamwezi live. They are held in bondage to religion with little hope unless someone goes to them – IN PERSON!

Until all have heard,

David Schaller
Associate/Missions Pastor

P.S. If you’d like to know more about what’s happening among the Nyamwezi on a regular basis, I encourage you to join me for this month’s Nyamwezi Prayer Group. We’ll be gathering on Zoom for an hour on Thursday, May 23. Come to pray, or simply to listen to updates, stories and prayers for the Nyamwezi people.

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