Welcome to Christadelphians of Tanzania
The Christadelphians (a word created from the Greek for "Brethren in Christ"; cp. Colossians 1:2 — "brethren in Christ") are a Christian group that developed in the United Kingdom and North America in the 19th century. The name was coined by John Thomas, who was the group's founder. Christadelphians hold a view of Biblical Unitarianism. The group has often been described as a form of Messianic Judaism, as they share many of their beliefs and hopes with Judaism; notably the promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Israel whilst they also believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah.
Although no official membership figures are published, the Columbia Encyclopedia gives an estimated figure of 50,000 Christadelphians, who are spread across approximately 120 countries; there are established churches (or ecclesias, as they are often called) in many of those countries, along with isolated members. Census statistics are available for some countries. Estimates for the main centres of Christadelphian population are as follows: United Kingdom (18,000), Australia (9,987), Malawi (7,000), United States (6,500), Mozambique (7,500), Canada (3,375), New Zealand (1,785), Kenya (1,700), India (1,500) and Tanzania (100). This puts the figure at around 57,000.
STRENGTH and CONFIDENCE
Reading: 2 Timothy ch. 1
We live, in many ways, in depressing times. The weather of the past week or two in this country "is enough", as we sometimes say, "to get one down," and the dark mornings and the dark evenings, the problems of getting to and from work with erratic and sometimes non-existent public transport, so-called, does nothing to lift our spirits. Not a few experience the same problems, or perhaps even worse, in getting to the meetings. There are the problems of business and domestic life, the increasing frustrations of dealing with godless, lawless and selfish people, the continually increasing dreariness, lust and crime, constantly borne in upon us in such an area as we have to meet in.
So we could go on. Yet even as we reiterate these depressing circumstances of our times we must surely think of those words of Jesus so completely applicable to us: "When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh." Yes, we know that we must expect things to be like this in our present world. We ought not to be depressed by them; we ought not to fret and worry with the increasing problems and anxieties of the present. We have the Truth. We know where it is all leading. We know these things are but a beginning of troubles, a beginning which heralds the time of the end. "When ye see these things come to pass, then kn