April 20, 2004

I Cor. 16:9 For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

On April 4, 2000 Pastor Jesse Angowi, bishop and head of the church, sent an inquiry letter to the CLC.  As the missionary was going to be in Kenya shortly, a meeting was arranged.  Four Lutheran pastors from the LCEA in Tanzania met and discussed doctrines with us.  There seemed to be agreement.  The following year the missionary visited the LCEA congregations and pastors in Tanzania.  Based upon this we declared fellowship.  The LCEA consists of around 1000 souls in 15 congregation.

In May of 2003 with CLC assistance they started St. Peter’s Seminary at Himo, Tanzania.  There were nine students the first year of the three year program offered. The school has served already as an outreach opportunity as of those  nine students there are several who are not of the LCEA but are interested.  It  takes a lot of hard work to have a school like this function well.  Pray that  they can persevere.

In outreach they have work among the Masai tribe.  Only one in ten of the Masai  are Christian.  The Muslims are also working to bring the Masai into their religion.  The LCEA has several stations where some Masai attend.  It is hoped that one or more Masai men can attend the seminary.

In the last visit by the missionary there were several new preaching stations.  In addition to this, one of their pastors is seeking to establish a congregation in Dar es Salaam, a large and Muslim city. Pray that these brethren go forward
with the Gospel, trusting in the Lord who said His Word would not return to Him void.

In Him,
Pastor Koenig