Member Stories

By Ephraim Nkonya When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, "Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit." (John 1:47). This is what you see when you meet Russell Thomas for the first time. His slender build, humble posture, the smiley face that he always wears, and the soft and gentle...

By Ephraim Nkonya Perched on a 1,350 meter above sea level on the Pare hills, Mbaga-Msindo Mararo is a famous village in Same district. Its fame is rooted in the early Lutheran church establishment that made it a central village among the Pare people in Tanzania. This is where Paul Makoko was born and raised by...

By Ephraim Nkonya Meet Pilly, the fearless girl with indomitable will – who like Jesus – bravely challenges traditions and taboos, which limit girls’ social and economic development in Africa. Meet her husband Chris, who – like Pilly – is uncorked and open-minded to not only dare live in one of the remotest places on earth,...

By Ephraim Nkonya He is a soft-spoken, tall and gentle giant with a knack of sharing information, caring and innovations. He was raised in the Rocky City of Mwanza by an Adventist mother and a non-Adventist father. He is the first child of five children. During his childhood, he used to play soccer on the famous...

By Ephraim Nkonya Orupa carries a radiant smile that gives you one clear sign right at first sight – she is a pleasant young lady, full of grace and happiness that we read in Philippians 4:4 which urges us to “always rejoice in the Lord.” A resident of Maryland and third generation Adventist and daughter of...

Shukrani Magoma – TAUS Secretary General By Ephraim Nkonya Meet Magoma, the man of God Magoma is an accountant at the National Democratic Institute – which supports democratic institutions and practices in the world. Magoma enjoys the mission of his institute of helping other countries enhance democratic reforms and accountability. Just like Simon (Peter) who allowed Jesus to...