Over the past 6 years, by God’s grace and direction of the Holy Spirit, several Primitive Baptist ministers have traveled to the continent of Africa to preach the Gospel. The full account and history could not be told here, but it began by a Tanzanian coming to the U.S. to study at a bible college in Birmingham, AL. He was led to a church called Vestavia Primitive Baptist Church, pastored by Elder Sam Bryant. He was welcomed lovingly by the church, and his testimony was, “For the first time, my ears heard what my heart had always known.” That African’s name was Obey Ndalima Mwakalonge.
Over the next two years, he studied with Elder Bryant, and preached among God’s people here in the U.S. He was ordained to the full work of the Gospel Ministry just prior to his return to his homeland of Tanzania. He had a desire to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to his fellow Africans. He began to preach to his wife, Mary and his family. The word of the Gospel quickly spread, and more of their friends wanted to hear the truth of Salvation by Grace, and the finished work of our Savior. The church was constituted on our first trip to Africa in 2006. During that visit, one of the members said, “It is our hope that this truth will spread across Africa with the speed that Aids has.” Since that time, many doors of utterance have been opened in other countries, starting with Kenya, and reaching as far as South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Ghana. Elder Vernon Johnson has been instrumental in providing essays on various doctrines of the Bible that we hold fast to, including Justification, Redemption, Salvation and Church identity and practice. He has visited Africa many times.
On our most recent trip, we went to both Kenya and Tanzania to strengthren the brethren and, as the Apostle Paul said, “see how they do”. We also provided materials for a chicken coop, which we constructed to teach them how to have consistent places for the hens to lay eggs. Besides preaching the Gospel on these trips, Brother John Blevins brought to them perhaps the most vital requirement for life and health – Clean Water. Every water test he did confirmed that there is NO clean water there, that the people use, except for bottled water, which is expensive. He taught them how to purify water with some portable water systems, and provided much teaching on safe water practices and how to maintain the systems. He plans to return in the future to take larger systems that can provide up to 1,000 gallons of clean, drinkable water per day. Please pray for this Ministry, that the Gospel would spread, His name would be glorified, and His people in Africa would be strengthened and comforted by the truth of the Gospel.
The African Song, “Mungu Ni Pendo” – God is Love
The Link below is to Brother John Blevins describing what God has laid on his heart to bring to the African people – The Medicine of Clean Water.
The links below are to various sermons preached by Elders Paul Blair, Charles Kitchens, Adam Kinsaul, Kenny Mwankenja and Kezala Ngoma through the use of an interpreter.