In March of 2018 a team of 10 people from the Alabama-West Florida Conference traveled to Tanzania to explore possibilities for greater support of the United Methodist Church in Tanzania. From this trip Teaming with Tanzania was established to develop a long-term partnership between the Alabama-West Florida Conference and the United Methodist Church of Tanzania. This partnership of discipleship and shared ministry supports ministries that are self-sustaining and focused on leadership development, economic development, and institutional development.
A multi-tiered, multi-year Teaming With Tanzania missions campaign is being developed to encourage individuals, small groups, local churches, and districts within the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference to get involved and partner with the people of Tanzania. In addition to a relational ministry partnership, three areas of support are available:
As the Gospel continues to spread in Tanzania and new United Methodist churches are established, church buildings are needed to support these congregations. By supporting the construction of a church building, you are helping provide a place for the people of Tanzania to worship and promoting evangelism around the world. The cost of church building projects range from $25,000 for a smaller village church to $50,000 for a larger town church. This cost includes the land purchase, church construction, and a parsonage.
Located in the Mwanza Region of northern Tanzania, Wesley College is a United Methodist related institution that offers programs in theology and adult education. By sponsoring student scholarships, providing technology and resource needs, and helping with capital for future development you are supporting the training and education of current and future leaders in Tanzania, and promoting ministry that is long-term and self-sustaining.
Opportunities are available for qualified individuals to provide short-term training sessions in Tanzania. These teams of five to eight people will provide training in specific areas such as: entrepreneurial and small business training, economic empowerment, pastoral training, laity training, discipleship training, children's ministry leadership training, Christian education training, and vocational training.
Teaming with Tanzania is excited to partner with Eric and Liz Soard, Global Ministries Missionaries, currently serve in Tanzania. You can visit their blog at http://ingodslife.blogspot.com/ to read more about their ministry and the ministry of the United Methodist Church in Tanzania.
If you have any questions or comments regarding Teaming with Tanzania or if you would like to learn more about how to get involved contact Susan Hunt, Director of Mission and Advocacy, at Susan@awfumc.org.