Nyanza Gold Belt Field

By Reuben Shija

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Reuben Shija (B.A. in Theology, Bugema Adventist) is executive secretary of Nyanza Gold Belt Field. In the past, he served as Personal Ministries and Publishing director and a district pastor in Tanzania. He is married to Deborah Shija, and they are blessed with five children.

First Published: May 16, 2022

Nyanza Gold Belt Field is a part of Northern Tanzania Union Conference in the East-Central Africa Division of Severnth-day Adventists. Formerly part of South Nyanza Conference, Nyanza Gold Belt Field was organized in 2020 with headquarters in Kahama, Shinyanga, Tanzania.

Territory: Geita, and Shinyanga regions, and the districts of Sengerema and Buchosa in Mwanza Region.

Statistics (June 30, 2021): Churches, 452; membership, 124,435; population, 5,148,5751

To accommodate the growing membership of South Nyanza Conference, Northern Tanzania Union Conference Executive Committee voted during its meeting on January 3, 2019, at Njiro Hill, Arusha, to reorganize South Nyanza Conference. Thus, Nyanza Gold Belt Field was organized and inaugurated on February 20, 2020.2

Nyanza Gold Belt Field comprises 50 church districts that spread among the many tribes, including the Sukuma, Zinza, Sumbwa, Longo, and many others. The work is managed by 64 church workers.3

Nyanza Gold Belt Field runs two secondary schools: Shinyanga Adventist Pre and Primary School and Nkome Adventist Secondary School. It also runs two health centers: Kasamwa Dispensary and Magogo Health Centre, both in Geita Region. It also runs the Nh’elegan Farm Project in Shinyanga.

Leaders: Marwa Sando, president; Reuben Shija, executive secretary; Charles Owenga treasurer.

Sources

Nyanza Gold Belt Field.” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (2022). https://www.adventistyearbook.org/entity?EntityID=55039.

Nyanza Gold Belt Field Executive Secretary’s Statistical report, 4th quarter 2021. Nyanza Gold Belt Field archives, Malunga, Kahama town, Shinyanga, Tanzania.

Notes

  1. “Nyanza Gold Belt Field,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (2022), https://www.adventistyearbook.org/entity?EntityID=55039.

  2. Author’s personal knowledge as executive secretary of Nyanza Gold Belt Field.

  3. Nyanza Gold Belt Field Executive Secretary’s Statistical report, 4th quarter 2021.

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Shija, Reuben. "Nyanza Gold Belt Field." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. May 16, 2022. Accessed May 29, 2024. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=BJIA.

Shija, Reuben. "Nyanza Gold Belt Field." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. May 16, 2022. Date of access May 29, 2024, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=BJIA.

Shija, Reuben (2022, May 16). Nyanza Gold Belt Field. Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved May 29, 2024, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=BJIA.