Pastor Joseph’s early years of marriage were fraught. ‘I used to drink and was careless,’ he says. ‘As a result our first child died of malnutrition.’ Joseph and his wife Florence thank God for the ten healthy children they now have.
Things changed in 1990. Through repeated dreams, God called Joseph to turn back to Him and soon after to step up to church leadership.
And so, in 2006, Joseph began pastoring Ogongora church which, he explains, ‘had been burnt many times. People didn’t see the value of the church, so they didn’t want it to be here.’
After much hard work and support from Tearfund partner Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG), Joseph has seen the church and community begin to come together.
Supported by Tearfund, the church is in the early stages of a ‘Church and Community Mobilisation Process’. The early impacts of this on people’s material needs and spiritual outlook are exciting. A community plan is being developed –and the church has grown from 40 people in 2006, to 320 today.
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