SHARE OFFICE OPENS IN CONGO (2)

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 Excitement grows as the newly trained SHARE Evangelism leaders accept the responsibility to share what they have learned.  With it comes the anticipation of seeing how this will truly work to transform communities, and to see people saved and churches planted.  Bishop Aynaki Moksi wrote, “We have taken seriously this training, so today I go to open an office for SHARE Evangelism DR Congo.”  He continued to say that there is already a great demand for SHARE and he wants to make it a “faithful presence in the community.”

Aynaki continues his story:  “The more we progress with SHARE Evangelism, the more the Holy Spirit makes us discover about its efficacy in the process of touching the unreached with the Gospel of Christ.  We have completed the first step—training—and this has opened the opportunity to put into practice the achievements of the training process and the impact we are expecting–that is to reach a large number with the Gospel and establish new churches.  Our office will be a resource center to help and accompany this process.”  He reports that their office has already received many requests for training in neighboring countries like Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and other places in DR Congo. They plan to cover Africa and go beyond to Asia, Pakistan, Nepal, and the world.  They are certainly implementing the meaning of SHARE, which is Serving Him And Reaching Everyone.  More importantly, they are following the mandate of the Great Commission which says, Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.  Matthew 28:19-20 NIV

    

The best testimonies come from those who are experiencing results.  Sebastien Eca is among the first group of trainees.  He says:  “I had been taught to go preach the Gospel as part of the Great Commission. The previous result was meager because, to reach many with the Gospel, it took a lot of time and sacrifice.  I received the SHARE Evangelism training and decided to use my computing skills to test the SHARE methods. I took my laptop computer, trekked 9 km (5½ miles) to the next village, and trained young women and children in using computers.  I didn’t charge them anything, and every time I worked with them I found it easy to preach the Gospel to many.  The village chief and the trainees have just asked me to plant a church there.  They gave me the plot for free.”  Sebastien is asking for prayer support because he would like to open a center whereby he can continue using the SHARE Evangelism method to share the Gospel as he shares life skills.  Pray also that he will find a way to get computers and tools he needs to start building a meeting place for the new church.  He closes with “Viva SHARE Evangelism.”

Meanwhile, Aynaki is busy teaching in a Bible School.  He reports, “I have good news at this time.  We have just decided to use SHARE as a curriculum course in our Bible school. His next action is to take the team to Fizi for training.  He comments that “We go where others don’t go.”  (He sounds a lot like my husband, Rick!)  Aynaki’s narrative continues as follows:

Now that the office is set up and the staff is trained, it is time to go out where others don’t go.  We packed up the van and topped it off with the ever-popular and essential empty jugs commonly used for cooking oil, petrol (gasoline), or for hauling water.  These jugs are great relationship builders to share with people we meet along the way.

 
Our first task is to find a small struggling church or a “person of peace” so we can begin to spread the Gospel through SHARE.  In Fizi we find many people who are hungry for the SHARE Evangelism.
         
Upon completion of the SHARE Evangelism training, certificates were awarded.
 
In the crowd there were several that understood that they needed to be saved and be baptized.  What a joy to see so many dedicate their lives to Christ, even though there is a risk of persecution.
       
After the baptism, everyone returned to the village rejoicing and waving branches in celebration.
      
Now that so many were baptized, it was time to look for a place for them to worship.  Our staff surveyed the land and found a good spot.
   
The owner of the property gave that piece of land to the new church with the stipulation that they had to build on it and use it immediately.  Students instantly began work to assemble the rubble stones as well as the wood needed to make the bricks they would bake on the spot.
          
The new church, planted in the hearts of the local believers, will soon have a good building for their worship and training to plant more churches.  What a great start for them.  Prayers are still needed that their ministries will have a transformative impact for Christ. The church adds, “We need your prayers for this activity.  God bless the work of our hands.”
Next trainings are in Uvira (RD Congo), Kigali (Rwanda); and then we will be in Kampala (Uganda) by the grace of God before the end of this month for the official opening of Leadership program in East Africa. We need your prayers.

Aynaki concludes with this:  “Now I need to visit the work we started, to see the outcome of their training. Pray for me as this is big work which requires a lot of sacrifice. I believe with God, it shall be well.

SHARE EXPANSION IN AFRICA (1)

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SHARE Evangelism has taken off like a wild fire in Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. I have some wonderful pictures from Bishop Aynaki Moksi, Church Planter, from Burundi. From these pictures and the brief explanation from my friend, Aynaki, I will try to retell his story.  Here he is with his lovely wife.  She is a woman of prayer and supports him in the ministry.  They have three sons, David (12), Sharon (9), and Israel (6).

  

The fire was lit on Face Book in August of 2017 where I met Aynaki.  He was scheduled to be part of a leadership team for a training conference in Uvira, DR Congo, with 300 attendees from four African countries.   I introduced him to the SHARE Evangelism training materials, which he immediately translated into French.  He then went to the conference to present it to the other leaders on the team.  With their approval and participation, they designated ten hours over several days to the SHARE Evangelism training. At one point so many people desired the training that they had to limit the participation to 100 people.  They met anywhere they could find space.

         

The demand for the training was evidently very high.  Aynaki says, “We start now a good project.  The big work is to put materials in 5 local languages.  Because we teach Bible in the local language.”  He presented a brief overview of SHARE Evangelism to his colleagues.  They were impressed with the new material because it was “workable lifestyle.”  The leadership decided to include it in the conference because it “was the thing they need at this moment.”   The leadership quickly prepared to take part in the presentations of SHARE Evangelism.

Approximately 80 pastors, church planters, and church leaders from five neighboring countries were expected to attend.   By the time the conference started, more than 100 wanted to participate.  The number increased daily.  Aynaki says he started with zero budget, but somehow God provided.  After the training many people stood to give testimony to what SHARE meant to them.

 

At the conclusion of the conference, official certificates were awarded to those who completed the SHARE Evangelism course.  The newly trained SHARE Evangelists were sent out to put into practice what they had learned.

   

Aynaki closes his account with these words: “Testimony of Christ International Central Africa has just concluded the Regional Conference and SHARE Evangelism this Sunday, August 19, 2017 in Uvira in Republic Democratic of Congo.  The Delegation of 4 countries to know: Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda [and RD Congo] participated in this event.  The Conference was sanctioned by [awarding] the certificates to the participants in the training delivered by SHARE Evangelism in front of 300 people from these 4 countries.  We thank everyone who has prayed or contributed for the success of this event.”  Aynaki continues, “I am praying to make SHARE Evangelism a reality. We will continue to work together like one team for Christ.”