2012 Summit Still Paying Dividends Five Years Later

Swahili Church Choir

The smallest city ever to host the Ethnic Ministries Summit was Spartanburg, SC, and it is still reaping new dividends five years later. The 2015 dividend was World Relief opening its first office in South Carolina and making Spartanburg a refugee resettlement site. Many of these refuges have come from countries in the African region near the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their first language is of their country of origin, but Swahili is a second language for about seventy-five of the first refugees.

Desiring to minister to these refugees, the ministry organization which had sponsored the Summit began working to provide a church for them. They found Samuel Kioko, a Swahili-speaking Kenyan pastor of an English-speaking multiethnic church in Greenville, SC, and made it possible for him to travel twice a week to Spartanburg to begin planting a church. They paid him an honorarium and mileage and also provided seventy-five Bibles and songbooks in Swahili.

During this time, the closest church to the house church was praying for an interpreter for a Swahili family attending their church who could not speak English. They saw Samuel as an answer to their prayers and, when the house church outgrew the apartment, they shared their facilities with them.

Samuel continued his church planting work from May to November, and God provided a new co-pastor, Charles Kenya. Charles is a Swahili from Kenya who came to Spartanburg to attend the local Chiropractic College and now teaches there in addition to pastoring and running his own practice. On Sunday, January 29, 2017, a second new co-pastor was ordained, Augustin Mutabesha, a Congolese who had escaped to Kenya. While there, he earned his BS and MBA and came to Spartanburg in 2016.

Ordination Service

EAN Events

Biblical Perspectives on Migration Seminar

Biblical Perspectives on Migration: A recent poll found that 9 out of 10 evangelicals say that the Bible doesn’t influence their views on immigration. This seminar will offer practical tools and resources on how to develop biblical teaching on migration and immigrants in your church.

This is one topic covered in Spanish and English at the Kingdom Fusion Ethnic Ministries Summit, October 28 – 29, 2016.

Register TODAY to get the Super Early Bird price of $30.00, which includes lunch. This price ends on Monday October 10, so don’t delay!

Join us as we learn together.

Seeking Refuge

Be One Together National Missionary Conference

EAN member organization Be One Together will be having their National Missionary Conference Aug 1-4, 2016, at Rome Community Bible Church in Bellingham, WA. Visitors are welcome.

Visit the Be One Together website or find them on Facebook.

Kingdom Fusion Ethnic Ministries Summit


The multicultural worship team is ready for the Kingdom Fusion Ethnic Ministries Summit, October 28-29, 2016, in Sebastopol, CA at Hessel Church. Have you registered to attend?


Portuguese Ministries

On June 24-25, 2016, EAN member organization Church of the Nazarene will host the annual Portuguese National Nazarene Conference at the First Church of the Nazarene in Brockton, MA. The theme of the conference will be “Let’s Stand and Rebuild.” The special speaker for the conference will be Dr. Duane Srader, and several workshops will also be presented. Click here for more information.

A Brief Summary of Understanding and Embracing Intercultural Unity

African Revival Retreat

EAN member organization African Revival Fellowship has announced their 2016 African Revival Retreat, an annual event that provides a time and place to re-ignite fresh fire among African Diaspora. Learn more about it here.

African Revival Retreat

A White Church No More

Don’t miss this compelling New York Times article from Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and author of “Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel.”

YEARS ago, members of a Southern Baptist church in suburban Birmingham, Ala., who couldn’t figure out why their church was in decline asked a friend of mine for advice. Read more…

A White Church No More

An evangelical congregation in Queens, NY. Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

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