Our Christianity Explored East Africa Team visited Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda in January 2018 to provide training to church leaders from across the Kagera Diocese. The Kagera Diocese spans part of the north-west of Tanzania and borders Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda.
Later, in April, Sam Oyirworth embarked on an epic journey back across these regions to strengthen partnerships and deliver resources to those who were involved in the training.
Over the past decade of our partnership in East Africa we have worked with so many wonderful people who are passionate about strengthening the gospel there. We are so thankful that this tool for evangelism and discipleship helps equip and train local leaders to introduce people to Jesus.
In April our colleagues in North America agreed on a strategy of building awareness, supporting churches, and raising up supporters through the creation of local hubs.
A hub is a regionally-based leadership team that can bring local vision and passion to connect with churches and individuals in their areas.
To this end, the North America team appointed a part-time administrator to help with database and communications as well as a regional director for Alberta, Canada.
The first areas to trial these hubs include the front range of Colorado, the Pacific Northwest, Southern California, the Charlotte-Atlanta corridor, Washington, DC area, and Nashville, TN.
Follow Alan's blog, Telling the Gospel, to keep up to date with North America news and the progression of this strategy.
CEO Ian Roberts and Training Director Craig Dyer travelled to Tirana in May to introduce Christianity Explored to 80 Albanian pastors.
Albania has a population of around three million of which an estimated 40% now live in the capital of Tirana.
Erion Cuni, our energetic host, had done a fantastic job at encouraging leaders of all denominations to attend. Erion already has a track record with Christianity Explored having previously introduced the prison version, The Prisoners Journey®, in his former role heading up Prison Fellowship Albania.
The impact so far has been encouraging:
- 58 churches and organisations have picked the resource up in Kosovo and Albania
- 240 pastors and leaders have been trained
- 1,901 notebooks have been given out
- 28 courses, with a average of 14 people per course, have finished or are ongoing
- 66 people accepted Christ!
Billy King (pictured above on the far left, next to his wife Janet), a Christianity Explored North America Board member, has travelled annually since 2014 to an expanding network of countries in Latin America to provide training conferences in evangelism through Christianity Explored.
These conferences are for both pastors and lay leaders. From 2014 to the end of 2017, he has trained a total of 1,100 attendees, including 275 pastors, in seven different Latin American countries. Billy and Janet ran the most recent training conferences in Uruguay and Chile in September.