2019 AFRICA INTENSIVE

In June 2019, CTC Africa hosted its very first Intensive training in Pretoria, South Africa. As a result of your prayers, the work of the Holy Spirit, and the preparation of CTC Africa and CTC's global field operations team, there was great unity and genuine camaraderie among the leaders. 21 church planters, 10 network leaders, and 6 facilitators gathered to help lay the foundations for continued gospel advancement in Africa.

Watch this video to see what God did at CTC Africa's inaugural Intensive!

An Offensive Truth

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Bukavu: An Offensive Truth

Nicolas Kyalangalilwa

My city is Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It’s a beautiful city of 1.5 million people – nicknamed the Switzerland of Africa because of its amazing, temperate weather and hilly landscape. There are a relatively high number of educational institutions here, making it a perfect environment for student and young-adult ministry.

But this area is also one of the poorest places in the world. It has gone through over 20 years of war and instability, with over six million people losing their lives during those two decades. When combined with the sequels of colonialism and over three decades of dictatorship, the picture could not get darker.

There are many churches in Bukavu, and people are not hostile to Christianity, but planting a church here has been the most difficult endeavor of my whole life. People simply do not want to hear the biblical message of grace. It’s offensive to them. They much prefer a message of works that fits with their desire to feel they have done something for God and now God owes them something back. Widespread poverty creates much unemployment, even among the highly educated, making it difficult for the church to become self-sustaining and forcing many young people to leave the city to find work. And the volatility of the political and security situation causes people to live in panic mode with no long-term planning.

Our church is called Lephare Bukavu. (The name is French for lighthouse.) Our morning French service gathers about 110 people, and attendance at our evening English service is about 40. We have 17 Bible study groups, and we are working to plant a second church in our city in 2019.

Our vision at Lephare Bukavu is to be a biblical family on mission. God has called us to serve this city for the greater glory of Jesus. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we hope to be a community that shines the light of the gospel in our neighborhood so that Christ’s redemptive purposes can be accomplished through the transformation of our city. We seek to work for the good of our city—encouraging those who can to start businesses to provide employment and create economic opportunity for the community. We are calling Christians to operate from a biblical narrative rather than the fatalistic narrative so common in our area.

We are seeing God’s hand in many ways. Patient is a young man who was full of guilt and uncertainty. He would try to be good and do church; then he would go through a season of total rebellion followed by guilt and remorse over his choices. He was angry with God over how his dad had left. Patient found his way into our community. He heard the gospel and trusted in Jesus. For over 18 months now, he has been growing and finding peace, joy and security in Jesus. He is leading a small group of 12 young entrepreneurs who are seeking to find out what it means to love Jesus through their businesses.

These changed lives are what excites me. And I cannot wait to see many more people come to know Jesus and have a radical impact on our society and city.

In 2012, Nic and a team planted Lephare Bukavu to reach the younger generation with the gospel. He participated in the International Intensive that same year. He also serves on CTC Africa’s advisory team. Nic is married to Rachel, and they have two children.

Gospel in the City - Accra, Ghana

CitytoCityAfrica was in Accra, Ghana in November 2019 to present a two day Gospel in the City seminar. This eight session seminar explores some of the core concepts used by City to City.

Twelve pastors and church planters attended this meeting from six West African cities, came together to experience thoughts around City to City Africa’s DNA. The focus of the sessions were neither merely on doctrine nor on a specific model or application, but rather on equipping church planters to develop a gospel-centered and contextualized approach to ministry for their diverse contexts.

The aim of the event was to engage these church leaders and planters with the gospel, gospel-centered thinking and approach to doing ministry. It was also the aim to encourage the building of a network of gospel-centered pastors and ministries across the West African sub-Region. 

It was a real joy to see many people from different countries and different cities, networks and denominations connect with one another, some for the first time.



Gospel in the City Pretoria, South Africa

At the end of October, church planters and leaders from 6 countries, 10 key cities in Africa gathered for Gospel in the City, hosted in Pretoria, South Africa.

The time is a special opportunity to meet church planters, their leadership teams, pastors, network leaders and others. Many use it as a time of vision casting, team building and sharing lessons they have learned to start gospel-driven churches in their city.

“My expectations were blown away. I met brothers and sisters that just wanted to learn and listen from each other with the same ministry. The 2 days were filled with life changing power that will impact me for the rest of my life as a son, leader, husband and community member. The materials from the conference has been helpful on how to dream and live in the city as people called by God, but also how to serve and love the City.” - Y Kalinzang’oma



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Gospel in the City - Lilongwe, Malawi

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In July, CitytoCityAfrica was hosted in the beautiful city of Lilongwe for a two day Gospel in the City seminar. This eight session seminar explores some of the core concepts used by City to City.
 
Together with approximately 35 attendants from 5 cities, we took 2 days to think through City to City Africa’s DNA. Church planters and City to City staff from South Africa shared their experiences and insights. The focus of the sessions were neither merely on doctrine nor on a specific model or application, but rather on equipping planters to develop a gospel-centered and contextualized approach to ministry for their diverse contexts.
 
The aim of the event was manifold: to give people who are involved in church planting exposure to City to City resources, to encourage them in their ministry and to connect them with other planters in their region. The attendants of the seminar were from a variety of ministry situations: from seminary students considering church planting in the future, to start team members, experienced planters or regional directors for church planting. It was a real joy to see many people from the same country but different cities, networks and denominations connect with one another, some for the first time.
 
We are excited to see what might develop in Malawi amongst this network of likeminded servants of the gospel!

 

Looking ahead!

We hope to host other Gospel in the City events in Africa in the near future, be on the look out for one near you. If you are interested in planting a church and connecting to CTC Africa, look for a Gospel in the City event in a city near you!