CCT – SUA USCF Mission To Karatu, 28 Feb To 6 March 2015
What had been eagerly awaited and prayed for throughout the year finally came to pass and became a meaningful reality, in that the fellowship of USCF SUA team, under the Christian Council of Tanzania went to minister in Karatu – Arusha.
On Friday 27th February, 132 students from the USCF Sokoine University of Agriculture finished their examinations and headed out for a short mission trip. Two buses were hired to transport them to Karatu town. There were 53 girls and 80 boys who joined the mission trip, 3 of whom were alumni. The journey to Karatu town was exciting as we passed through the Northern highlands, having time to take in Arusha City as well as passing by the Manyara National Park.
The main objectives for the mission trip to Karatu was to proclaim “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13).
It was a wonderful opportunity to achieve a number of objectives including:
- To preach the word of God: ‘how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written how timely is the arrival of those who proclaim the good news’ (Rom. 10:15).
- Door to door evangelism, person to person evangelism, hospital evangelism.
- Open air crusade.
- Preaching opportunity to various churches around Karatu town.
- Teaching neighbouring primary and secondary schools.
- Showing the ‘Jesus Film’.
- Deliverance and counselling.
- And much more….
All this was in fulfilment of the Great Commission given to us in Matthew’s gospel where he records the words of Jesus, saying “Therefore go and make disciples all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Mat. 28:19-20).
A good number attended the crusades, they came with their needs and problems, and the servants of the Lord were able to minister very well to them. We thank God so much for His divine harvest a total of 700 people came forward and accept the Lord Jesus as their Saviour and Lord by confessing and believe as it is written in the Epistle of Romans “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom. 10:9). There was a seminar for those who surrendered their life to Jesus Christ where they were taught how they may grow spiritually. As a Christian you need to grow, the instructor offered some suggestions that will help a new convert to grow as follows:-
- Go to God in prayer daily (John 15:7).
- Read God’s Word daily (Acts 17:11).
- Obey God moment by moment (John 14:21).
- Witness for Christ by life and words (Mat. 4:19; John 15:8).
- Trust God for every detail of your life (1Pet. 5:7).
- Have God control and empower your daily life and witness (Gal. 5:16,17; Acts 1:8).
In all our activities, the emphasis was to encourage the believers to go to church where people believe that the Bible is true and where Jesus Christ is obeyed and preached (Heb. 10:25).
Our strength to all believers who joined us since we arrived at Karatu Town was how you can be become a spirit controlled Christian, the instructors were able to point out some ways as:
- Recognise that you are living a carnal life. Now you may
- Desire to be controlled by the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39; Mat. 5:6) by
- Confessing all known sins in your life (1John 1:9) Then after.
- Present every area of your life to God for Him to control again (Rom. 12:1, 2) at the end.
- By faith claim the filling of the Holy Spirit.
- We become Christian by placing our faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour. We also become filled with Holy Spirit by faith.
We had a good time delivering the word of God. The preacher who was appointed was well prepared, with strong support from a prayer group so that he could speak boldly with the filling of the Holy Spirit as was done in the era of the Apostle Peter when filled by Holy Spirit was able to stand and proclaim the Word (Acts 4:8).
On Saturday we travelled back to our respective destinations. We thank God Almighty for his divine protection, provision and guidance He graciously rendered to us all who were involved in ministry at Karatu
Rev. Emmanuel M. Falanta
Chaplain, CCT-SUA Chaplaincy