Africa Tabernacle Evangelism (ATE) is a ministry that is a part of Africa Harvest Ministries, and Africa Harvest Ministries is part of The Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM). ATE is responsible for partnering with the US based church, AGWM, and the national church in Africa. Through these three groups, ATE helps to provide African churches with a “tabernacle”.
This is how the three-way partnership works:
US based church prepares by providing funding for purchasing the tabernacle and/or man- (or woman-) power for getting the tabernacle up and in place. Then, ATE takes care of coordinating the who, what, when, where, how, and all the other little details for the setup of the tabernacle.
Once the steel structure has made its way to the site in which it will be constructed, the local church will help with erecting it. They are also responsible to provide the funds and the labor for finishing the details, such as the flooring, walls, windows, etc. This gives them responsibility to finish what ATE helps them start, and lets them know right away, that that is their new church home
WHAT IS A TABERNACLE?
A tabernacle is a set of steel trusses and a roof system that can easily be shipped to Africa and set up within a matter of a few hours. It is easily constructed, providing immediate use.
Each truss includes 10’ legs, which when bolted together and secured on the footing will be connected with three other trusses with legs. The trusses are connected together with a ‘Z’ purlin. The purlin will then be the supporting element of the metal roofing sheets that are then installed.
WHAT SIZE IS A TABERNACLE?
A standard tabernacle is 36’ x 48’. The tabernacle can be increased in width and additional trusses can give the structure a longer dimension. A standard tabernacle will easily seat 250 people.
WHAT DOES A TABERNACLE COST?
Cost per tabernacle is approximately $7,500.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
There are a couple ways to get involved.
Sponsoring a tabernacle, whether as an individual or with others, is one need that always needs to be met. You can give to a specific country or region, or just give to wherever is needed.
Also, you can volunteer to be part of a team that travels to Africa to build a tabernacle and do ministry in the community. So many words can explain what ATE is, but being on the actual soil where the tabernacle is constructed is a very beneficial experience and really lets you understand the heart of ATE’s purpose.
You can contact the ATE office through phone or e-mail for more information.
WHAT IMPACT DOES A TABERNACLE HAVE ON A COMMUNITY?
A tabernacle does more than just provide something material for a church. Much of the time a congregation will have a service the night that the tabernacle is built to dedicate the building, and may even have services a few nights consecutively, in which many people will come to know Christ.
Often church attendance will increase dramatically; even doubling within the first week.
When a large structure is built in an African community (especially by several white men with strange accents) people will want to come and see what is going on. This is the perfect opportunity to invite them to come see what it looks like when it’s completed… and to hear God’s Word.
They see a building that is permanent. They know that the people who need and use that building must mean business.