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The United Republic of Tanzania takes its name from the union of the mainland formerly known as Tanganyika and the island of Zanzibar. Geographically, Tanzania is larger than the rest of East Africa (which technically does not yet include South Sudan) combined. Tanzania is strategically very important not only because of its size but also because of the size and influence of Islam (Zanzibar is approximately 97% Muslim).



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ECLEA in Tanzania

ECLEA personnel began their work in Tanzania in April 2008. Particularly beginning in 2011 we have spent much effort in the country. We now have a well-organized ECLEA-Tanzania committee that itcludes national, zonal, regional, district, and local coordinators, headed by national coordinator Dickson Laizer and national secretary Joram Ibrahim. The ECLEA-Tanzania team is active in conducting all-Tanzanian church leader conferences and TOTs (training of trainers).

Here are updates from ECLEA's Tanzania team concerning ECLEA's work in Tanzania (older news accounts of ECLEA's work in Tanzaniaa and the rest of East Africa are located in the News Archive):

Dickson Laizer, ECLEA-Tanzania national coordinator

Dickson Laizer

Here is some short report from the different places where we deed the training in different areas from SINGIDA REGION (Spring 2018):

1) IKUNGI: Here there were 46 participants on Biblical Stewardship. Many bishops and overseers said, “We lack the training like this, which is why our churches are not growing. ECLEA is a different ministry with the purpose of strengthening and growing the church today. As we received some instruction of how to apply this teaching we believe that we are going to the changes in our churches if we obey and apply it as we are changed and transformed here. We wish this ministry to open the college in our country.”

2) MANYONI: Here 27 participants attended the training where they had been taught on 1 TIMOTHY for fully three days because of the interaction in the middle of teachings through questions. Finally at the end of training 3/4 of the participants who look to be sharp people promised to apply the teaching to their congregations.

3) OLDONYOSAMBU: We had 43 participants where we taught on Biblical Stewardship and two bishops gave the testimonies and said, “This teaching is what was required to be taught before we start any ministry as the foundation for Christianity life because without knowing and living according the truth of the word of God there is no Christian lifestyle.”

4) IRAMBA: IRAMBA is a bit far from Singida town where we drove 6 to 7 hours and there is a big need of training to many different place and people seem down because of drought. The good thing with them is they respond on time and in numbers where we had 48 participants which we taught 1 TIMOTHY and it has been a surprise to them being taught one book of the Bible. A lot testimonies look like the same as for the other places where many people said, “This teaching is the healing of the church nowadays which the church needs.”

5) KIBAIGWA: Here 34 participants were taught Biblical stewardship as they requested because of the big number of church leaders did attend when we taught there so those who are in the first time gave the testimonies saying this became more clear and to those who are new they said as we heard this teaching is really giving Christianity meaning when we live and apply the word of God to our lives.

6) CHAMWINO: The course taught was Expository Preaching to 18 participants where they responded well and shown their interest with a lot of questions during the interaction saying it hard to leave behind the former way of preaching, which they use every time they preach. The big struggle was how to get how to bring out the sentence after reading the context, but after practicing they started to see how it leads to diligently reading the Bible in context and see the big thought. So they suggested that they more repetition and practice as soon as possible.

Best regards,
Dickson Laizer

Dickson Laizer, ECEA-Tanzania national coordinator

Brief report of June 2018 conference in Kakea, TZ:

I am doing well after seeing the doctor where they examined my rib and told me that no bone was broken. After that we proceeded with our schedule in training ECLEA courses in a remote area called Kakea teaching on 1 Timothy from yesterday where we had 39 participants. The course seemed new to them as they are giving their testimonies today saying “never teaching like this taught one book of the Bible and being well understood the meaning to chapter and verses too.”


Dickson Laizer, ECLEA-Tanzania national coordinator

Dickson Laizer

Report from Tanzania-July 2018

We have been proceeding with our training are very remote areas where we tend to reach unreached places in which church leaders are not trained at all or may be a short course only of six month they had attend. Here is a short report from some stations among of the 12 stations which we proceeding on:

1) GILAI--Here the place is look very dry and the churches around seems to go through hard time of lives. Here we met 33 church leaders where we taught 1 Timothy for three days and the people showed the interest and having a lot questions concerning false teachers which make them so confusing in differentiate among the true teacher while the Bible says touch not my anointed one, so there were a lot Bible misinterpretations which at end of the course shows that problem is solved.

2) KISIMIRI--Here we got 26 participants where we taught also 1 Timothy where people were look a bit slow in learning when they saw even changing the teachers according to their church traditions. They were asking why don't you let the one person to teach us instead of three or four teachers because we use to understand one more than in the way he teaches. Finally, we gave the emphases where they agreed and accept the teaching and they said, “We never heard the teaching like this and we a got a medicine to our people in our ministry.”

3) KATESH--CHANGED FOR NGURDOTO--Here we had 43 participants where we taught Biblical Stewardship and the Zonal Bishop gave said, “This is so changing life than just getting a lot of borne from Theological colleges. I am touched so much more than anybody here, let this teaching flow and we ready receive ECLEA training this year and we will do the earlier preparation to make sure that our all church leaders will attend without missing so if anybody will massing up won’t give any blame that he/she did not knew. So we thank you God for ECLEA team that came as God messengers to help us.”

Thanks, Dickson


Joram Ibrahim, ECLEA-Tanzania national secretary

Joram Ibrahim

December 4, 2018
I once did three consecutive courses to the same group of people, who are emerging Church Leaders in New Life in Christ-Tanga. The total number of group participants were 27 although 12 are the ones who accomplished all three courses. The courses done are: Biblical Interpretation 14th to 16th May 2018, Expository Preaching 17th to 19th May, and Biblical Theology 21st to 23rd May 2018.

We then assigned them to preach in mid week's fellowship services, each one of them followed by main Sunday fellowship service preaching to exercise their teachings and reveal their talents. For two months they did the preaching under close supervision and private evaluation follow up of which results are as following.
    1) They themselves reported big achievements for their personal evaluation.
    2) People at the church testified seeing talented young ministers.
    3) I personal realize some to be emerging potential preachers and some teachers.

From 9th to 11th July & 12th to 14th July we did The Church: Its Nature, Mission, and Purpose and Expository Preaching II for the same group. 

As ministry we organized a two weeks’ evangelistic convention preaching outreach at the villages of the nearby town concluding to the beginning of September where ten of my students ministered in open air crusade and teaching seminars.

Follow-up reports testified about good investment done to young preachers, with a good number of converted fruits collected from their village ministry.

ECLEA teachings prove to be more bible college than a seminar when courses are well arranged and taken seriously.

I am very much encouraged by this group. My next step is to do the phase two of Biblical Theology and then the course on Christianity & Islam when Interpretation is done. 

I have two other groups, one at Muheza and another at Duga Maforoni where I have done 1 Timothy and Biblical Stewardship with each group. I am planning to take them also this far for sound results. I realize that students are getting more interest in ECLEA teachings as they get more understanding when we arrange the courses accordingly. I have seen life change and also ministry impact through ECLEA courses.

Lastly, apart from evangelistic convention outreach to my ongoing class students, I have attended almost all my Tanga class students preaching sessions and I can recommend some to be capable at a certain point of ministry.

Brother Jonathan and all ECLEA supporters, please be encouraged because your work is not in vain but it bares multiple fruits (1 Cor 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord”).

Be blessed, Joram

December 5, 2018
I would like to report on Babati class in evaluation we did on Monday. About more than 3/4 had well understood the teaching in the area of the four purpose of the church. Twelve of them started to teach how to worship God in a large way, knowing that the real worship is the lifestyle we live in representing Christ on the earth. And 16 of them starting training their congregations on the important of being the disciple of Christ that make you grow and bare the fruits. So they are trying to make small groups which I think they will need more training and resources on that. 

Best regards, 


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