This year we are delighted to report that our sub Saharan, Africa team has baptized 136 new believers.
Friday, December 29, 2023
Saturday, December 23, 2023
"Today we manage to distribute 30 bags of maize and seed to over 200 families. Each got a portion of 20 kgs of maize and 4 kgs of Aminika seed (maize seed). We had a little change that the church elders suggested that instead of buying beans let's use that funds to buy seed so when the plantation season comes they have quality seed to use. Apart from that we have agriculture officer who came to train them how to plant and use manure for better performance. It was a lovely day. And they said thank you for Christmas gift. It has meant a lot to us." Update from Emmanuel Lazier.
Food insecurity in Tanzania has reached the "acute" level due to an ongoing drought. The How Far Foundation recently sent funds to purchase food and seed for the most vulnerable families.
Rains have finally come to the area but it is too late for this year's planting season.
Pastor Emmanuel serves as the overseer of the howFar Ministries Churches of Tanzania and the howFar Ministries Bible College.
Saturday, December 9, 2023
Thursday, December 7, 2023
Praises to God for allowing us to continue to serve our folks in Haiti for another year!
• We sponsored two VBS programs this summer where over 100 children heard the gospel message and were fed a good meal each day.
• Our medical outreach continues with many people receiving medicines and care for diseases, gunshot wounds, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, eye glasses, etc.
• Several feeding programs were held in various neighborhoods where malnutrition is a chronic problem.
• Several children have been sponsored to attend school.
• We invested in a community garden that feeds people fresh vegetables and fruits they cannot afford to buy. Right now, we’re renting the land with hopes to purchase it one day soon.
• Our school in Cite Soleil is still up and running with profits from Haiti Works providing money for the teachers who are working without a regular paycheck. We continue to pray for this school. Due to the gang violence in the area its difficult to have a regular schedule for classes.
• Several children and adults are suffering from PTSD because they’ve been in the middle of the violence and many have been driven from their homes with nothing except the clothes they are wearing.
• We have a new, small orphanage that we are sponsoring.
• Our current orphanage of 35 children was forced to leave their home in September and remain in another location because of gangs. Please pray for their safety and for the children to return home soon.
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Monday, December 19, 2022
Please consider a year-end financial gift today. Your support ensures that we can continue our 20 year work of training pastors, planting churches and caring for the least reached in Haiti and sub Saharan, Africa.
From Bishop Reuben Tiges - Overseer howFar Churches of East Africa
Lake Jipe Orkung'u, Kenya
|Bishop Reuben ole Tiges (left), Overseer of howFar Churches of East Africa, with Emmanuel Laizer, Overseer of the Churches of Tanzania, and Founder, Mark Maynard
The Africa howFar ministry in Kenya is in possession of seven churches these are:
1.Orkung'u First Baptist which is the mother church. The same has a congregation of 207 members and two pastors, namely Bishop Reuben Tiges and Pastor Peter Kwaze.
2.Lake Jipe First Baptist church which has a congregation of 67 members and one pastor, namely pastor Japhet Mwazighe.
3.Salaita First Baptist church which has a congregation of 52 members and one pastor, namely pastor Yohana Osekeri.
4.Pithon Hill First Baptist church which has a congregation of 92 members and two pastors, namely pastor William Mwingereza (now deceased) and pastor Paul Mwingereza.
5.Karandini First Baptist church which has a congregation of 117 members and two pastors, namely Pastor Petro Noomukuu, senior pastor, and pastor Jackson Ngoyiaya.
6.Esukuta First Baptist church which has a congregation of 74 members and one pastor, namely Pastor Samson Sipaya.
7.Jerusalem First Baptist church which has a congregation of 107 members and two pastors, namely Pastor Joseph Kelero, senior pastor, and pastor Jona Kipampi.
However there are two churches that failed to progress after they are successfully planted by the howfar ministry. These are Mailitatu First Baptist church and Enderkesi First Baptist church; the same fail to progress due to several factors one being poverty. The two pastors of the mentioned churches could not bear the burden of the church as they have to go to urban cities to look for employment to feed their families. This led to the two churches lacking pastors to take care of them.
|Church Members Suffered a Great Loss Due to the Drought
Nevertheless, the howFar foundation has continued running its' programs and projects despite the many challenges faced by the churches. Scholarship program for students from the less privileged families have continued enjoying education like other students in the community thanks to howfar foundation.
Our Kenyan pastors have also joined their Tanzanian counterparts in a theological seminary (Pastors Training Center) recently started by the howFar foundation in Lossimingori area. We thank the howFar for sponsoring our local less privileged pastor to join the seminary.
The maize mill project is in construction in Orkung'u village. This is aimed at creating an income generating project which will adversely solve financial challenges in church. The project cost over $5,000 thanks to howFar foundation.
Twenty twenty two has been a busy year as far as churches are concerned. We have conducted seminars and conferences in all the seven churches, but unfortunately we couldn't host our usual end of year conference due to the severe draught that has hit Kenya for almost a year. We churches could not raise the money to run the conference. We are hoping that God willing we shall hold it in January 2023.
We are looking forward to carry out much more activities come twenty twenty three.
God bless howFar, God bless its donors, God bless Kenya.
howFar will you go?