WORLD REPORT

A New Headquarters Possible for Tanzania

From the Superintendent's DESK

The saints in Eastern Africa have been longing to see the Apostolic Faith anchored in Tanzania. And now God has provided funds, through donations to the Portland headquarters, to purchase land in Tanzania for use as a headquarters and camp meeting site.

The work in Tanzania began in the early 1990s and has grown to include thirteen locations, primarily in the southern region. Recent special meetings held by teams from our Eastern Africa headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia, indicate the work is ready to expand further. However, the current Tanzanian headquarters church is not equipped to meet the challenge. The location, near the main business district in Nzovwe, Mbeya, is inconvenient. Also, the building is not large enough for a camp meeting congregation, and the land leaves no room to expand.

In 2019, discussions were held about how to raise funds for the purchase of a new headquarters location. The goal was a more accessible parcel of land which could accommodate a larger church, an office, and a mission house. Several ideas were found to be viable but all projects except for one were canceled due to COVID. When it became clear that it would not be possible to buy land, the limited resources that did come in were diverted to renovating the existing headquarters church.

Many prayed about this situation, and earlier this year, God provided the means for purchasing land. Praises went up and workers began to look for a suitable property. Since then, it has been discovered that the Tanzania work must reregister with the government. The Eastern Africa saints continue to praise God while seeking His guidance on both counts. 

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