Compassion Church Plant in Tanzania

Partnering with God in Tanzania

In 2022, Pathway will celebrate 20 years of being a church. For our birthday, we want to give back in a BIG way.

Pathway has been presented with the rare opportunity to partner with Compassion International to build a church in the Dodoma Region of Tanzania. This church will minister to an impoverished community of people (50% of whom are children) and will become the center of a life-changing experience for 150+ children and their families. We’ve set a goal to raise the funds by mid-April of this year so the build can begin in earnest, and our hope and prayer is when we celebrate our birthday in early 2022, we also can celebrate the birth of a new church in Tanzania.

The Goal: $75,187.44

This gift from Pathway will fund the construction of the new church and the facilities for a Compassion-assisted student center.

  • One Large Meeting Room / Sanctuary
  • Three Classrooms
  • Kitchen / Food Preparation Space
  • Restrooms / Latrines

Why Compassion International?

In 65+ years of ministry, Compassion International has served more than 1.9 million children in 25 of the poorest countries in the world, as well as over 8,000 international church partners—all in Jesus’ name. The Compassion ministry model is built on three distinct foundations.

Exclusive Focus on Children

All Compassion programs take a holistic approach to child development, addressing a child’s physical, spiritual, socio-emotional, economic, and educational needs. Compassion intentionally seeks out children who are facing extreme poverty—”the poorest of the poor”.

Exclusive Work with the local church

Compassion believes the Church is God’s agent for change in a broken world, and their programs are offered only through partnership with local churches in the developing world who have the same passion to prioritize and minister to children.

Jesus at the center

Children and families are not required to profess Jesus as their Savior to participate in Compassion programs, but children will hear the gospel, see living faith, and be discipled in the ways of Jesus. Every mother and child receive age-appropriate Bibles, which are replaced as children mature.

Our Opportunity in Tanzania

Compassion is not a church-planting organization, but when they identify a place with great need that does not have a church, they partner with a church-planting organization to start a church that will become the hub of Compassion ministry in a community.

<b>The Church<b>

The Church

Pathway and Compassion will be partnering with FPCT Kondoa to build and plant the Free Pentecostal Church of Tanzania. This new church is based in an area comprised of the Burunge, Rangi, Gogo and Sandawe tribes. Most of the community members are not Christians and there is a strong need for a vibrant church.
<b>Pastor Yohana Elias</b>

Pastor Yohana Elias

Pastor Yohana Elias has been serving in the mother church (FPCT Kondoa) and is a respected leader. He also has been ministering in the target community, and he feels called to plant a church there. To help with construction of the new church, Pastor Yohana plans to recruit members from the mother church and from the community. He will support his family through farming and keeping livestock. The mother church will continue to provide oversight and mentorship to the daughter church, its pastor, and its leaders. Yohana Elias is married and has six children.
<b>The Community<b>

The Community

Typical homes in the area are made of burnt bricks or mud; some are covered with iron sheets or grass. To provide for their families, adults in the community depend on farming and raising animals. The area is dry and it only rains once a year during the rainy season, but this season often brings damaging rains and floods that destroy crops and the livelihood of the people. Additionally, COVID-19 has contributed to food scarcity in Tanzania. Compassion has been providing food packets and hygiene kits, and has been meeting medical needs during this time.
<b>The Location</b>

The Location

The daughter church has secured land with a small existing structure that they will expand to support the planned ministry. They are waiting to receive a title deed from the government.

The Timeline

The average construction of the church building takes between 8-14 months, depending on its location.
Many variables will influence the timeline, including availability of materials, road conditions, and weather.


Gift funding received by the national Compassion office.


Church staff members in Tanzania begin soliciting bids for construction. Materials are purchased. Planning is finalized.


Construction begins. Church leaders conduct activities in the community to build awareness and excitement, and they identify children who are eligible to register with the child development center.


As construction progresses, church staff members hire child development center staff. Staff are trained, and preparation for child registration continues.


150-200 children are registered with the center. A caregiver orientation is held.


Construction concludes. The new church opens its doors to the community, and the center begins ministry to children.

Child Sponsorship

Once the church and child development center have opened, those of us at Pathway will have the opportunity to sponsor a child in this community in Tanzania. For $38 a month, you can provide a child:

Medical checkups

Nutritious food

Health and hygiene training

Educational assistance

Access to special services, such as surgeries and disaster relief

Mentoring to help them discover their incredible value as God’s children

The good news about Jesus Christ, and the encouragement to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

About Missions at Pathway

At Pathway, our mission is to lead people into a full life found in Jesus Christ (John 10:10). We believe the components of full life in Christ can be summed up as—Connect, Grow, Serve, Go. Our heart for Missions at Pathway is that we would serve others here, near, and far and play a part in God’s purpose for the world.

Contact us

Todd DeTurk
Missions Director