When three lions came at night to the village of Chioli in northern Tanzania, Pastor Katema was sound asleep under a tree outside the village fence—all alone, defenseless! For two years, Katema had been forced to live outside the protection of the village because he was trying to preach the gospel. The village elders did not want his God in Chioli. But the night the lions came, everything changed. When Katema heard what sounded like dogs surrounding him, sniffing, and then walking away, he was half asleep and thought nothing of it. But minutes later, the three lions entered the village and mauled two people, killing one.
In northern Tanzania, people in rural villages still encounter wild lions. About 250 people are killed by lions every year across Africa. The attack by the three lions left the villagers terrified. The elders believed evil spirits had sent the lions because of the way they and the people had treated Katema, a member of their Kondoa tribe. They went to Katema’s tree and found him still asleep, with the tracks of the three lions all around him! Katema’s God had saved him.
After that night, Katema was allowed back into the village to live and preach about Jesus Christ. In the years that followed, Katema planted churches in Chioli and in the neighboring villages of Soya, Mwaikisabe and Ombiri. In addition, Katema discipled and trained believers within those churches to be full-time pastors. He then traveled deeper into the rural areas to preach and plant churches in other villages. The story about how God protected Katema from three lions traveled rapidly to people in the bush areas, and now he is welcomed wherever he goes to preach.
Katema received his training at the Bible school in Dodoma, Tanzania, where Africa’s Hope scholarship funds are used to help train students for ministry. After completing his training, Katema walked four days and three nights back to the village of Chioli, where God had called him to preach to his own gospel-resistant tribe, the Kondoa,. There he persevered for two years until the gospel barriers came down the night of the lions.
Katema is just one man, but he is planting many churches and winning his tribal people to the Lord. Also, he is training others to lead! All over Africa literally thousands of men and women called of God, just like Katema, need scholarships so they can go to Bible school for ministry training and leadership development. In many parts of Africa, an average monthly salary is less than $60. How can believers who are called of God to ministry afford to go to Bible school? Many times they can’t. We often see people trying to plant or lead churches without inadequate training. The outcome is rarely a healthy church.
Friends like you can provide this help. For just $50 per month, or $600 per year, you can help train one leader by providing an Africa’s Hope scholarship to attend Bible school. We believe that Spirit-empowered, biblically trained leaders like Katema are the hope of Africa!
Every $50 we give will scholarship one deserving African Bible school student for one month. Can you help train one, two, three, five, 10 or more students this month? Because you allowed God to use your generosity, Katema and others were able to train for ministry.
Men and women who are called of God to ministry, like Katema, are blessed when you allow God to use you. Please respond today with the best gift you can give. Thank you for your heart for Africa.Give now