In the book of Acts, we are charged by Jesus to GO! “…and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 . Light Church maybe thousands of miles from countries across the globe, but we still believe we can be the light of the world in some of these places. For many years, this church has supported  other churches and international projects. Here is some of the work of our church internationally. 
Capital: Addis Ababa
Language: Amharic
Religion: 60% Christianity, 35% Islam, 5% traditional faiths
Total Area: 1,104,300 km2 (426,400 sq mi)
Population: 99,465,819
Currency: Birr (ETB)
Capital: Dodoma
Language: Swahili
Religion: 50% Christian, 35% Folk Religion, 15% Islam
Total Area: 947,303 km2 (365,756 sq mi)
Population: 51,820,000
Currency: Tanzanian shilling (TZS)
Our Work in ETHIOPIA
The ministry is based in Addis Ababa. We work with Pastor Eschetu Worike of the Rhema Gospel Church. Money is provided to cloth, house and school street children. This ministry was set up in 2000 after a visit to Ethiopia by a church member, Paul Lloyd, and his concern for the many children living on the streets of the capital. Paul leads teams to visit every two years, looking at the work and what next needs to be done as well as visiting and preaching in the Rhema Gospel churches. Last year church members Emma Nickson, Joshua Hogarth and charity trustee Frank Andrews visited.
The Ethiopian Children’s Ministry
Originally set up by Paul Lloyd and Mike Burke under the auspices of South Fylde Community church. The charity became part of Light church in 2007. The money for the ministry is provided by individuals who donate a regular monthly amount via standing order and then every two months the money is sent out to Ethiopia. ‘One-off’ donations are also accepted. If you are interested in regular giving please contact the charity treasurer, John Davey, at  You can also donate via our donations link below.
Chairperson: Emma Nickson // Treasurer: John Davey // Trustees: Frank Andrews and Paul Lloyd
Our Work in TANZANIA
The ministry was established in 2006 after a visit by John Davey and Andrew Belshaw. It is based in Tanzania’s second largest city, the city of Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria. We are based in the suburb of Nyasaka and support an educational ministry to the Masai tribesmen who arrive in Mwanza looking for work to help their families. Often they have trekked from the Serengeti (200 miles away) to get there. We teach them to read and write in Swahili so they can fill in a job application form and find work. This also allows them to read the Bible and some of the Masai have given their lives to Jesus. Over 500 Masai men and women have been helped by the ministry since we built a classroom and employed 2 teachers to teach them in 2009. Samuel Wilonga runs the ministry for us.
We also support the Independent Bible Fellowship Church of Tanzania (IBFCT) which was set up by James Shija and Joseph Marwa in 2008. James is the leader of the denomination and they are looking to establish it nationally as it is a non-tribal denomination. The visiting team in 2006 found many issues with tribalism in churches and felt this new denomination was the best way forward. Currently there are 11 congregations in the denomination. We have constructed three churches and are looking to build more, as well as providing money to train pastors and send them to Bible College.
In addition to this we support a nursery school on the Nyasaka site and employ one of the two teachers in the school with the Nyasaka church.
We are planning our next Missions trip to Tanzania in June 2018. We will look at what the needs of the current ministry are, spend time with the Masai and visit the congregations of IBFCT, provide support and materials for the nursery school, and dedicate any new church buildings.
Meet some of the TEAM
Pastor James Shija
Senior Pastor
Samuel Wilonga
Associate Pastor
Peter  Yohana
Bible Student
John Lawi
Administrator/Church Planter
James is the pastor of the IBFCT Nyasaka church. He was elected as leader of the Independent Bible Fellowship Church of Tanzania in 2016 and will serve a five year term until 2020. He is a graduate of Nassa Theological College and is married to Regina and they have four boys. He helps with the Masai ministry and is the main contact for enquiries about the work in Tanzania.
Samuel is one of our teachers in the Masai ministry, having worked in that area for the last five years. He is also assistant pastor to the IBFCT Nyasaka church. He is currently completing part-time Bible College studies in Mwanza and is due to marry in May 2017.
Peter is a Masai who has worked as a youth leader and in the worship team at Nyasaka. He is currently studying full time at the East Africa Bible College near his home town of Arusha in northern Tanzania. After completing his studies in November 2017 he will be involved in youth work and evangelism for the Nyasaka church.
John is currently the church administrator at Nyasaka. He helps to run the church’s Love In Action programme which is a social action programme that provides clothing to those who need it in the poorer country areas. He is also an evangelist and is currently looking to plant churches in the Mwanza district.
Tanzania in Picture
How can you help?
You can help by donating money to either of the works in Ethiopia or Tanzania. You can become a regular giver to the ministry in Ethiopia. You can donate items to sell through the Missions Table Top Sale for the ministry in Tanzania. Ultimately you can go on a Missions trip to either country.
Contact our Head of Missions John Davey on
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