With the beginning of January 2018, SHARE Evangelism is exploding like fireworks in a New Year’s celebration. My friend, Bishop Aynaki Moksi, is a church planter who is training church after church in Burundi and Democratic Republic (DR) of Congo in the methods of SHARE Evangelism. Because SHARE impacts their lives in both spiritual and physical aspects, it is well received and quickly put into practice. The text and pictures that follow will encourage and inspire those who are praying for Africa and those who are specifically praying for Bishop Aynaki as he tirelessly seeks to share the good news of the Gospel across Africa.
At a recent Regional Conference of churches in DR Congo, SHARE Evangelism Impact was a major agenda item. In addition to the individual trainings, there were several initiatives planned that would help the communities as a whole. Of major concern is household poverty and environmental issues like clean water supply and electrification of rural areas. When the villages band together, using local funding such as the SHARE Credit Union, mentioned in an earlier post, they can accomplish these tasks. Research has shown that locally funded and locally built projects are better in many ways than projects that are built or funded by sponsors and other outside sources. (This is a fundamental aspect of SHARE Evangelism.)
Aynaki reports that SHARE Agriculture Micro Credit plans to create a full employment of thirty persons next year. They have big plans and need your prayer support in this effort. Others are working in many projects. For example, one woman is selling shoes. Can’t you imagine how many times she can start conversations about Jesus, and how we need to follow Him by walking in His footsteps?
Baragumu has started making juices of many kinds. Not only is she doing it herself, she is developing this project to teach others the method, and teach them about Jesus. She is certainly following her Creator when she creates wonderful, healthy fruit juices.
Women have taken SHARE seriously. They put all their efforts into making it happen, even going beyond what their leader has taught them. Aynaki plans to train them to use SHARE to form house churches and begin a SHARE disciple-making movement.
Please pray that, as their income grows as a result of what they have learned through SHARE Evangelism, they will wisely increase their investments in SHARE Credit Union and be faithful in their giving to support their local church and the indigenous missionaries that serve them and others.
Sadly, all over the world, many churches fail to survive. They blame it on lack of funds. We must always remember the bounty is in the harvest. Perhaps we try to start too big. It is not essential to have a church building, a fantastic sound system, musical instruments and trained musicians. There is nothing wrong with all those things; but the primary function of the church is to preach the Word of God, and to disciple and train believers. That can be done in a simple setting like under a tree or in a home. The early church sang spontaneously in praise to God. Notice after the Last Supper, Jesus and the disciples sang a hymn and then went out. Surely they did not need instruments and a sound system on that occasion.
As long as we are talking about music in the church, Bishop Aynaki had a new and exciting report. SHARE Evangelism has touched the hearts of musicians, producers, rappers, and dancers. They are excited to use their new faith to share Christ through their various talents. More about that later.
Bishop Aynaki Moksi writes, “It is is amazing to see how musical artists and musical producers [commit their] lives to Jesus, those who use SHARE, start church planting, It is amazing, those who have poor start among people [are the ones] who help me to move SHARE forward. I glorify the Lord for the grace and testimony we have through SHARE Evangelism in Bukavu. From Uvira to Bukavu there is 120 Km (75 miles), by the grace of God, I have training of SHARE Evangelism in Kazimiya in Fizi territory. The distance between Bukavu and Kazimiya , there is 290 Km (180 miles). We have to travel by car, boat by water and go a long distance by foot. Thanks to your prayers.”
SHARE Institute, International and Testimony of Christ International has opened a new start this year (2018) in Bukavu Province and South Kivu of DR Congo. Bishop Aynaki is leading his team to accomplish their goal to reach the highest number of people in the world. They work tirelessly, serving Christ and witnessing to those in need of salvation and livelihood skills.
If you have read this far, you might also want to know how you can duplicate or adapt the work in DR Congo to your place in the world. Following is a five-point outline including a picture, of the training on January 5-7, 2018.
- Training on SHARE Evangelism (10 hours of complete training and graduation)
Leaders from Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda, numbering 37 people, successfully participated in this training. The majority of these leaders also run SHARE Micro Credit. At the end of the training, everyone received a certificate of participation.
- SHARE Micro Credit at the service of winning souls to Christ through skills (a fresh start towards the creation of a savings and community credit cooperative)
”SHARE Micro Credit Community continues to build hope in the community at the social, spiritual and economic level. The members participate regularly, the number of those who receive Christ as Lord and Savior increases daily. We do not need to travel miles to find those who live without Christ or go door-to-door, sometimes causing household distress. God is touching the hearts of the people of our community, who are beginning to come to us. SHARE Micro credit, is a tool we use to share the Gospel. It touches the basic and primary needs of the people of our community. We share with them the hope we have in Christ, we pray with them and we help alleviate their social and economic problems. Our movement progress every day, the number of group credit unions and Credit Community has just increased from 20 groups to 53 groups currently with a membership of 1325 members in South Kivu” Salima Rose reported during the workshop Bukavu.
The participants attended the training seminar on SHARE Micro Credit and Macro Impact, and exchanged ideas and experiences on this subject. This is a new start towards the creation of SHARE Cooperative savings and Community Credit.
A steering committee has been set up to implement the recommendations of the Bukavu workshop.
- Accelerate SHARE Evangelism by targeting Stevia plant and food crops agriculture for more efficient community response
Cleophas reports, “We aim to reach every individual, every culture with the gospel and the testimony of Christ through skills. The potential of DR Congo is in agriculture. SHARE has already created SHARE Micro Credit Agricole, we are committed to promote global collaboration, unity, cooperation through SHARE Micro Agricultural Credit. We ourselves will create permanent jobs for 30 farmers and 2 engineers soon in order to fight hunger and poverty in our community and help to build churches.”
- SHARE Evangelism art in the service of winning artists to Christ
Bishop Aynaki continues to report, “A special meeting was organized with the musical artists, the dancers, the rappers, the producers who sing for the world [secular music]. We shared the word of God and taught them how, they can use the art of music to bring people to Christ. They were smokers of chamvers, people who consume and sell drugs, prostitutes, they used witchcraft to sing. Some refused to repent and be baptized, they also did not allow their photos to be published. That is why I find myself unable to send you the pictures of the meeting, because I removed them in their presence. [The photos below are] of families of those who have accepted Christ’s invitation to repent and be baptized.”
Those who will be baptized:
- SHARE Evangelism and Testimony of Christ International begins Church planting in Bukavu, DR Congo
Aynaki is standing with Pastor Jacques Mmandama of Bukavu, DR Congo, who understands SHARE Evangelism. Aynaki’s team will leave the work in Pastor Mmandama’s care when it is time for them to move on to other fields.
He continues, “At this time, we are gathering the necessities for our next trip. We expect the arrival of 10 farmers and 2 engineers who will take care of agricultural work in Bukavu. They come on the recommendation of the church and SHARE Institute, International established in Burundi. When they arrive from Burundi, we will go with them on the ground.
“Meanwhile,” according to Bishop Aynaki,” our brothers from Uvira, who were among the first to be trained in SHARE Evangelism, insisted that we come back. At our strong encouragement they were the first to start a SHARE Micro Credit Agricol group. After a time of prayer on this subject, we accepted their invitation, and God opened a great opportunity for us. We have to trust God, He always provides for our needs, if we obey His voice. SHARE Micro Credit Agricultural is considering renting a tractor for agriculture in Uvira. It’s amazing for a project we started with a zero budget. Our God is truly Jehovah Jireh (Provider). Glory to God.”
Bishop Aynaki Moksi adds this powerful closing, “In spite of the financial difficulties that SHARE meets on the ground, God continues to open the paths of provisions where we did not believe to have the opportunity. We move forward with the goal of reaching everyone with the gospel and witness of Christ using our skills. New horizons, soon.”