The early Church grew in numbers, in depth, in geographical locations and across different cultures. Following the large number that joined the Church on the day of Pentecost, the numbers continued to grow as “the Lord added daily those who were being saved” (Act 2:47). Later this growth is described as “The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.”(Acts 6:7 NIV). The Church grew in numbers and grew in depth.
Dr. Tokunboh Adeyemo decried the fact that “Africa is the only continent where growth in numbers has not [yet] resulted in a reformation.” CMS-Africa discipleship programmes seek to contribute to the growth in discipleship, “following Jesus everyday” and living a life of obedience in every sphere of life.
We thank God and celebrate His grace this past year as an increasing number of congregations and even whole denominations have adopted CMS-Africa wholistic discipleship programmes. From Karura Community Chapel, Africa Gospel Church, All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi to FOCUS South Sudan and Wau Diocese in the same country; World Vision Tanzania to Business Development Centre (BDC) in Uganda among others, CMS-Africa work continues to expand and transform lives across Africa.
We continue to trust God to impact 2% of the world’s population: that is 50,000,000 families living in transformed Communities transforming their Nations through the local church by the year 2050. Our understanding of a transformed community is “Families that are experiencing deeply-rooted change in their economic, social, political, spiritual and behavioral conditions growing out of an encounter with Jesus Christ and resulting in their enjoyment of wholeness of life under God’s ordinance “Love your neighbour”.
CMS-Africa has also experienced geographical growth as our programmes have been adopted in New Zealand and Pakistan. The Kiswahili VISION Conference has continued to impact leaders of the communities in Tanzania including people who do not self-identify as Christians. In South Sudan, translation of CMS-Africa training tools, notably the Financial Freedom for Families (F4) manual into Arabic has now begun.
I want to especially thank CMS-Africa Staff, Representatives and Champions who both model the message and multiply their lives as they train others. We thank all those who have given in one way or another to facilitate this ministry. We are particularly grateful to CMS in the UK which has through its partnership grant enabled us to lay the foundation for our first five-year strategy covering the years 2008 - 2014 and are now partnering with us as in “Building a sustainable Christian mission in and from Africa” medium term strategic plan from 2015 - 2020.
The long-awaited capital development of our property on 850 Chania Avenue is now set to begin after God miraculously provided an equity partner, Truestone Impact Investment Ltd. We continue to trust God to help us pay for 6 floors of the 9storey building through our footprints campaign highlighted on our website.
You too can be part of the furtherance of this great work from Africa to the rest of the world by supporting the footprints campaign.
I am thankful to be part of the Psalmist prayer: “May your ways be known throughout the earth,your saving power among people everywhere”(Psalms 67:2 NLTse).