Church planter in Mwanza, Tanzania, East Africa since 2012
Matt spent two years learning Swahili and local culture while attending several Tanzanian churches established by a DBTS grad in the early 2000s. Now he’s helping plant a new church in the nearby community of Usagara. Along with William, his Tanzanian ministry partner, Matt travels to Usagara a few times a week to share the gospel with new friends – on the streets, in shops, in homes, and under mango trees. He also coordinates ministry training at the Bible Institute, where he prepares schedules, writes course curriculum and teaches. The Institute meets 2-3 times per year for a few weeks – accommodating the schedules of local church members who support themselves as fishermen, farmers, and tradesmen. 30 students are currently enrolled in the entry-level course.
Matt and Laura live next to the Tumaini Children’s Home that cares for 57 orphans. Both of them have many opportunities to interact with the children and show them what it means to follow Jesus.
Matt desires to continue planting the Usagara church by 1) sharing the gospel with people in their homes, fields, and shops, and 2) gathering new believers together for worship, fellowship, and teaching on Sundays.