Pastor Joseph can sympathise with struggling families in Ogongora.
He used to drink and was ‘careless’, he says. ‘As a result, our first child died of malnutrition.’
Things changed in 1990. Through dreams, God called Joseph to turn back to him – and soon to step up to church leadership.
Today, Pastor Joseph and his wife, Florence, have twelve healthy children.
But life’s not been easy. His church has been attacked frequently. ‘People didn’t see the value of the church, so they didn’t want it to be here.’
It’s taken a lot of hard work on Joseph’s part and support from Tearfund’s partner, Pentecostal Assemblies of God, but gradually church and community are beginning to work together.
The church is showing villagers that life can be different – and training them to make change happen.
Already, attitudes are changing and situations improving. Excitingly, Pastor Joseph’s congregation has grown from 40 to more than 300 people.