March NewsletterPosted on March 22nd, 2017.
When the Bruton family arrived in Arusha in 1958, there was no evangelical presence in Northern Tanzania. Within a month of our arrival Dad rented a storefront space in downtown Arusha. Our first Sunday service about a dozen people stopped to see what all the commotion was about. Mom played the accordion and Dad preached as if he was preaching to thousands. Within a year, multitudes of people were saved and received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. It was God’s time for the winds of revival to spread across the northern plains of our beloved Tanganyika (aka Tanzania). Because of the rapid church growth within the first year, Dad decided to build the Arusha Bible College first. As Bible School students went out to preach they encountered severe opposition; suffering hardships and persecutions as they preached the Good News. In spite of and perhaps because of the opposition, the work mushroomed beyond all expectations. That is the way of God when He is in charge.
With the growth came the need for a proper building. Dad began raising the funds to build an A-frame style church building. In 1961 Calvary Temple was dedicated to God. What a day!
Since then scores of churches have been birthed from this “mother church”. Wilson Kimaro, one of the first Arusha Bible College graduates, is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple. Under his leadership, Calvary Temple helped Michael John Msinga plant a church, Agape Christian Center.
Pastor Michael John Msinga graduated in 2003. The church was planted in 2009. Last November I walked into the service and the choir was singing, “Turn to the Lord Jesus”. Pastor Msinga’s message was titled “Prayer”. “Prayer is communication with God. It is the way of talking to God. We can receive our needs through prayer. Why pray? There are many challenges in this world. We can overcome them through prayer!”
The Brutons planted a church, the seeds took root and grew. Hundreds of churches were planted as a result. God gave this promise to Mom Bruton the last Sunday she worshipped with the congregation at Calvary Temple in 1962.
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” John 15:16 NKJ
God kept His promise to Mom Bruton and today the promise continues bearing fruit by the evidence of young pastors and emerging churches. And every seed you plant in African Moons is taking root in Tanzania and bearing fruit. The school children, the children of the Shalom Center Orphanage, the Bible School students, the graduates planting churches, the students who are receiving scholarships – it is your giving that makes all of this possible.
The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works.
Psalm 104:31 KJV
Tanzania for Jesus!
Joel & Sally
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