EAST AFRICA DIRECTOR
My name is Michael Sillah. I am the East Africa Director for Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). I live in Mwanza, Tanzania with my wife Neema and our sons Brightness and Brillant. I enjoy reading books and newspapers, watching the news and playing soccer with my son.
When I was in high school, a friend told me about Jesus, and I accepted Him as the Lord and Savior of my life in 1995. I became involved in the church by being a youth leader, a praise and worship leader, a Sunday school teacher, a church secretary and an elder. From 1998 to 2000, I traveled to villages in the Singida and Dodoma regions with my pastor to plant churches.
In 2003, I established a new church in Mwanza, an area where drug addiction, alcoholism, witchcraft and robbery are prevalent. I praise God the church still exists and that it is a refuge for many people in the community. I worked as the General Secretary for E3 Partners in Tanzania from 2006-2010—I traveled in Tanzania and Burundi for church planting trainings. I became E3's National Coordinator of Community Development in 2011. I served as the Assistant Regional Director of Youth Ministry and Assistant District Leader for the Assemblies of God from 2008 to 2012.
Ever since I became a Christian, God has placed a burden on my heart to bring the Good News to unreached people and to train church planters as well. When Dr. John Wagenveld, Executive Director of MNM, came to Tanzania in 2011 and I heard MNM's mission and vision, I knew God had sent me a ministry to complement my calling. I began working with MNM in January 2012.
As MNM's East Africa Director, I work as a liaison between church leaders from various denominations and organizations, train leaders in church planting and supervise the translation of MNM materials to the local African languages. I receive calls from leaders from areas around the country asking for our materials and training sessions. There is a need for this powerful, effective and unique material, especially in Bible colleges and seminaries and in churches.
MNM's strategy for church planting and church growth is simple and easily implemented, but we still face obstacles. Some leaders are wary of any new ministries because of false teachings that have emerged. But we see God's hand of blessing—leaders who attend our workshops will recommend their organizations to work with us.
I praise God for His faithfulness in blessing me with an organization that shares my passion. I pray for His hand of protection over my family and for wisdom to divide my time well between my family, studying for my Bachelor's degree and my ministry.