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The African tour train Tales

The African tour train Tales

A Christian podcast that talks about stories about Christianity in Africa. A Product of Bloom Radio

Episodes

  • Dini Ya Msambwa Dini Ya Msambwa Play in Edifi Player

    Dini Ya Msambwa

    Today’s tale involves a voice or God’s spirit named **“wele wa Msambwa”** Mount Elgon, a man who heard God’s voice called Masinde, and of course the colonialists. The Church I am talking about is known as the **“Dini ya Msambwa”** religion from the western part of Kenya with a majority of its followers from the Bukusu community.

  • Christianity in Malawi Christianity in Malawi Play in Edifi Player

    Christianity in Malawi

    Malawi is known for many things such as having a Scottish city, which was named after the birthplace of David Livingstone, a Scottish doctor, missionary, and explorer who to a large extent contributed to the spread of Christianity in Malawi. Malawi is also known for having the third largest Lake in Africa and the Ninth in the world, Lake Malawi, which David Livingstone described as a **‘lake of stars’** this was due to the many fishing boats that could be seen at night with lanterns on them. …

  • Anglican Church of Kenya Anglican Church of Kenya Play in Edifi Player

    Anglican Church of Kenya

    The train is in Kenya and in today's tale we look at the History of the Anglican Church of Kenya. The history of the Anglican church of Kenya dates back to 1844 when the first missionary from the Church Missionary Society (CMS), Dr. Johann Ludwing Krapf arrived in Mombasa. He was joined two years later by Rev. Johann Rebman. The two CMS intended to link a CMS station that was established at Rabai in the coastal region at the same time. The missionaries had to study and learn African languages …

  • St. Francis Xavier Chapel Malindi St. Francis Xavier Chapel Malindi Play in Edifi Player

    St. Francis Xavier Chapel Malindi

    We are in the coastal area of Kenya in Malindi town. Today we look at the oldest Portuguese chapel in East Africa. The Portuguese presence was due to the famous explorer Vasco Da Gama, the first European to successfully link Asia to Europe via Africa. On his way to India, he stopped at Malindi to replenish supplies and he met a sheik who at the time was in charge of the town that was largely Muslim-dominated. Malindi was in constant wars with Mombasa and the sheik decided to align himself with …

  • Jewish community of Uganda Jewish community of Uganda Play in Edifi Player

    Jewish community of Uganda

    The African tale train is back to Uganda to look at the Jewish community of Uganda who refers to themselves as Abayudaya. Their history begins with one man referred to as the great warrior of Uganda Mr. Semei Kakungulu. Semei was born in Kokki kingdom, to Semuwemba, a talented and smart man of Ganda origin. His talents gained him favor with the Koki king however a plot in the royal court led to the execution of both him and his wife.

  • The Presbyterian church of East Africa (PCEA) The Presbyterian church of East Africa (PCEA) Play in Edifi Player

    The Presbyterian church of East Africa (PCEA)

    We are back in Kenya and Today’s focus is on the Presbyterian Church of East Africa **PCEA** for short, we are looking at how the movement started in Kenya. The Reverend Musa Gitau is a very well-known name in Kenya, especially in religious circles. He was among the first few African pastors to be ordained in 1926 under the Presbyterian Church. There are churches and schools named after him in Kikuyu and Dagoretti area. This church’s history begins with a business company who were setting up …

  • History of Nomiya Luo Independent Church History of Nomiya Luo Independent Church Play in Edifi Player

    History of Nomiya Luo Independent Church

    Today’s tale takes us to Kenya. When the railroad from Mombasa to Uganda was constructed it paved the way for many Christian missions to set up in Kenya however as time went by, new churches known as African independent churches started sprouting up, they broke ties and distanced themselves from Protestant churches. The New Independent churches operated with a different set of rules and beliefs with some incorporating indigenous religious beliefs, more often than not their ways of worship are …

  • Ben Ezra Synagogue Ben Ezra Synagogue Play in Edifi Player

    Ben Ezra Synagogue

    The train has taken us back to Egypt at the Ben Ezra Synagogue, it is believed that the structure stands at the place where the pharaoh’s daughter found baby Moses, and at one point it had a copy of the old testament written by Prophet Ezra. The Synagogue stands behind the famous hanging church of Cairo in Old Cairo.

  • How Christianity came to Gabon How Christianity came to Gabon Play in Edifi Player

    How Christianity came to Gabon

    Today we hear of the Gabonese republic or simply Gabon. The name Gabon comes from the Portuguese word “gabao” meaning “cloak”. Early explorers thought the estuary of the Komo River by the capital of Libreville resembled a coat with sleeves and a hood. Portuguese first settled in the areas of Fernando Po and Sao Tome Principe as Gabon was then ruled by the Kingdoms of Loango. The Loango people believed in a God whom they called Sambian and deities who existed in different natural forms and had …

  • Cave Church of Zabaleen, Garbage City Cairo Egypt Cave Church of Zabaleen, Garbage City Cairo Egypt Play in Edifi Player

    Cave Church of Zabaleen, Garbage City Cairo Egypt

    Today we are making a stop at Garbage City in Cairo Egypt to learn of the Cave Church of Saint Simon in Mokkatahum or the cave church of Zabaleen. Garbage City in southern Eastern Cairo, Egypt became known as such due to its large population of garbage collectors also known as the Zabbaleen.  The Zabbaleen are known descendants of farmers who started migrating from Upper Egypt to Cairo in the 40s. Find out more about how the church came about.

  • How Catholic and Protestant came to Cote D'ivoire, Ivory Coast How Catholic and Protestant came to Cote D'ivoire, Ivory Coast Play in Edifi Player

    How Catholic and Protestant came to Cote D'ivoire, Ivory Coast

    Today’s tale is about the West African country of Cote D'Ivoire. Its capital city is home to the largest church building in the world. Basilica of our lady of peace Yamoussoukro. Despite it being a Secular state officially, Christianity in Ivory Coast is the leading religion mainly Catholics and evangelical, The Constitution of Ivory coast allows for freedom of religion and most of their religious inclinations are influenced by politics and ethnic beliefs.

  • Zambia Anglican Cathedral of the Holy cross Zambia Anglican Cathedral of the Holy cross Play in Edifi Player

    Zambia Anglican Cathedral of the Holy cross

    Today we are in Zambia to hear of the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy cross that was built by the colonial government as a legal requirement for Lusaka to be granted City Status as much as it would be a house of worship. The Cathedral was built in the 60s by Ian Reeler and company, the same team that put up the Sydney Opera House. For Lusaka to be granted City status it needed a cathedral, the colonial administration of Northern Rhodesia currently Zambia approached both the Catholic and …

  • How Christianity came to Seychelles How Christianity came to Seychelles Play in Edifi Player

    How Christianity came to Seychelles

    Today the train has taken us all the way to Seychelles, the land of over 15 islands with no indigenous inhabitants. Seychelles is part of the Indian Ocean, this Island is inhabited by a multi-ethnic population characterized by its long history of slavery, Arab and British Traders, French Colonizers, and Pirates. Their diverse nature is also seen through their different religions, culture, and cuisine. Religion in Seychelles is very varied. A larger proportion of the population is Christians …

  • Christianity in Dahomey kingdom, Benin Christianity in Dahomey kingdom, Benin Play in Edifi Player

    Christianity in Dahomey kingdom, Benin

    Today our train travels west and stops at Benin the country known for inhabiting a kingdom of a people whose way of life earned them the name _**'black spartan'**_ a likening to the spartans of Greece where men were trained from a young age to be warriors and also trained female soldiers. There are adherents to Christianity, Islam, and traditional religions however as per a 2013 census, Christianity is the dominant religion. Christianity first came to Benin in the 15th century and it was …