Hello! This is Captain America back on the blog.
Ruth requested that I tell you a little more about our work in East Africa, our congregations and the things we look forward to doing while we are there.
While personally I am the acting pastor of our local congregation in Concord, CA, also as one of the founding apostles, I oversee our congregations overseas.
To give you a better understanding of New Nation Church International (NNCI) here are our Vision, Mission and Purpose statements and a little bit about the congregations we will be visiting on our upcoming mission trip:
We see God uniting His people from every nation, tribe and tongue to proclaim His praises in spirit and in truth in local congregations and to the uttermost parts of the world.
Our Purpose is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, with all of our soul, with all of our mind and with all of our strength and to love other people as the Lord our God loves us.
Our Mission is to make disciples of people of every nation, tribe and tongue; baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and to teach them to observe all of the things that Jesus has commanded.
Here is a brief description of how our African congregations came into being:
Under the leadership of Pastor Wandera Dickson, the house church formerly known as Firelight Ministries heard the vision of New Nation Church International and was excited to partner with us, becoming the second New Nation Church congregation (after Concord, CA). In summer 2007 we worked with them to host a Pastor’s Conference to share the vision of New Nation Church International with leaders and pastors from all over East Africa. We have since purchased land in an Eastern suburb of Kampala where the congregation meets.
Wudu, South Sudan
In 2007, as a result of our pastors conference in Uganda, Pastor Alex Sokiri was commissioned by Apostle Todd Cataldo to launch a congregation in Wudu, South Sudan. Pastor Alex went with a small stack of Bibles, donated clothes and some local drums and he preached under a mango tree to the local community. The church continued to meet under the mango tree until a local land owner allowed the new church to use his property until we could buy our own. We now own land where temporary structures are currently being replaced by permanent buildings that house church services, offices, and a nursery and primary school.
This congregation has grown to become one of the largest churches in the area.
Mondikolok, South Sudan
Our congregation in Mondikolok was launched in 2010. About 300 people from Mondikolok would make the journey each Sunday for church services at our neighboring Wudu congregation. Reverend Kimberly Wallace (who is a part of our mission team this year) had been sent by the Board of Apostles to consult with leadership in South Sudan; while there she was approached by the Elders of Mondikolok and asked to help launch a new congregation in their town. She and the Board of Apostles agreed to do this and she donated funds to buy land in Mondikolok that this congregation now calls home.
Juba-Rock City, South Sudan
In 2012, Pastor Alex Sokiri temporarily relocated from Wudu to Juba (the capital of South Sudan), while there he continued to preach the Gospel and was approached by a local land owner who invited him to use her property to hold services. As this congregation continues to get established Pastor Wani Moses is leading as Pastor Alex has returned to Wudu.
In 2007 a member of our Kampala congregation donated land in Masindi for the launching of a future church, currently there is no building on the land but regular services are held there for over 100 people. In the meantime the local pastor has established a community garden on the land to help feed the needy in the community.
In addition to going to strengthen, encourage and train the leaders of these congregations, we will also go to Lusaka, Zambia to meet with a pastor there, who may form a new congregation which would be our first in Zambia.
It excites me so much to see how the Lord has blessed the efforts that we have made so far to make the vision of NNCI that He has given us come to fruition.
There is still a massive amount of work to be done, however in 7 short years pretty amazing progress has been made.
If you would like to be a part of the amazing work that the Lord has called us to, here are some of the ways:
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For the rest of the articles on our 31 Day Series – Walking Out A Leap Of Faith, click HERE