The International Evangelism Centre - Sakila, Tanzania is a unique
work of God's grace in the heart of East Africa. Each year the Centre
trains and sends approximately 200 pastors, teachers and evangelists
into the seven nations of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi,
Zaire and Mozambique. To date, over 900 churches have been planted
in these countries by graduates of the Centre.
What is especially unique to the Centre is that it was not the
vision of a Western church or denomination, but the vision of
a poor farmer in a small village in Northern Tanzania. Bishop
Eliudi Issangya received his call into ministry in the early 1970's.
He sold his farm, graduated from Bible school training and began
trusting God to establish an African Training Centre. In 1983,
the doors opened to the Centre, with twenty students. Today, over
3500 students have graduated from the intensive training. In 1995,
after years of praying and planning, students of the Centre planted
a church on the Island of Zanzibar, which is 99% Muslim. Today,
the church has 45 members and land to construct a church building.
The International Evangelism Center is a tuition-free school
sponsored by International Evangelism Outreach, which also provides
spiritual and financial accountability for the Centre. The school
is supported by gifts of love from Christian brothers and sisters
from across the United States and Canada.
FACILITIES AND EXPANSION:
The centre, which began with four small buildings and one small
acre of land, has grown by the grace of God to a 14 acre compound
with a 4000 capacity conference hall. The centre also has a 100
acre farm to help feed the staff and students. In addition to
their academic schedule, students also work at the farm and at
the compound. In 1997 a pump and generator were installed at the
farm and now the well produces over 60 gallons of clear, pure
water per minute. In 1994, the centre began a new phase in its
vision by opening a second school in the nation of The Congo and
by acquiring land in Kenya. On September 30, 1998, the Zaire school
graduated 16 trained pastors, teachers and evangelists.
HOW YOU CAN BE A PART:
The Basic financial need to operate the training centre alone
is $8000 per month. This includes room and board teaching and
curriculum for all the students plus salaries for the teaching
and support staff. In addition, the Centre conducts an annual
Church Leadership conference attended by more than 4000 church
leaders from East Africa. The cost of this week long conference
is approximately $6000. When funds are available, the Centre also
sends students out on evangelistic outreaches.
Next, the Centre tries to help graduates in church planting by
providing both spiritual oversight and financial assistance when
Finally, the establishment of the new trade school is of great
importance and is in real need of financial backing.
Of utmost importance to the centre is faithful prayer and financial
supporters. This work is not underwritten by any grant or foundation
of any denomination. Rather it is supported solely by the donations
of faithful Christians who believe in the great commission and
have a heart for this work.
All we ask is that you would take the time to prayerfully consider
being a partner in this revival in East Africa. With the growing
militancy of Muslims the ongoing strife and violence of the area
and the epidemic of AIDS in much of the land, we believe we cannot
tarry in getting the gospel to the people of East Africa.
Both individuals and churches are to make their checks payable
to International Evangelism Outreach Inc., (IEO). All gifts are
tax deductible and you will receive a year-end receipt of your
Mail all checks to:
International Evangelism Outreach
PO Box 1767
Poulsbo, WA 98370
All funds received go to the ongoing work of the centre.