BUILDING THE CHURCH IN AFRICA
Africa Tabernacle Evangelism was established in 1991 for the original purpose of assisting with church planting and building church structures during the Decade of Harvest in the 1990’s.
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Africa Tabernacle Evangelism was established in 1991 for the original purposes of assisting with church planting and building church structures during the Decade of Harvest initiative in the 1990s.
Since its formation, the ministry has morphed to what it is today by strategically partnering with national churches across the continent in what is, probably, the most prolific church-planting movement the world has ever seen. ATE has partnered with national churches to erect almost 3700 structures that serve as local churches, Bible training schools, community centers, and so much more - with the majority being local churches.
The strategic nature of ATE is to come alongside church-planting movements in Africa to expedite their efforts, by providing steel structures where it is deemed most critical. The placement of the structures is determined by ongoing evaluation that includes the following factors:
the location of the church and the potential it has to reach a wider area
the population growth in the area,
the religious demographics of the area,
the need to establish a “beachhead” in the area
As we work in a partnership relationship, we see God’s hand of blessing on all of those involved in seeing HIS kingdom established.
History of Africa Tabernacle Evangelism
Bill and Reita arrived in Africa in 1988, to begin their missionary ministry. They have lived and served in the countries of Malawi and South Africa and have worked extensively throughout the continent for more than 30 years. The Moores have been involved in many different areas of ministry; however, their main focus has been evangelism and church planting.
In 2003, Bill was named director of Africa Tabernacle Evangelism. Since that time, he and Reita have dedicated their lives to assisting the churches in becoming truly established in the community by constructing "tabernacle" churches. A tabernacle is a prefabricated steel building consisting of a truss system and a roof. The local church partners with ATE with the responsibility of building the walls, putting in the floor, and finishing the church to their local standards. Under the Moore's leadership, ATE erects about 100 churches per year across Africa. Tabernacles have been erected in more than forty countries, with the total number of completed tabernacles approaching 3,600.