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.
Reading: 2 Timothy chs. 3 and 4
For the purpose of our exhortation we would like to reflect upon the subject of achievement, both in relation to the world and the Truth. Perhaps some of us read of a reunion arranged in a mountain setting in Wales for the participants of the expedition which achieved the ascent of Mount Everest. The reunion was to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the successful fight of that small band of men with the forces of nature in the wild and uninviting peaks of the Himalayas.
But, characteristic of all human experience, something usually occurs to mar the anticipated celebration of successful achievement. In the case we have cited it was equally so. At the first Everest reunion ten years ago one of the main participants was unable to be present, and, ironically enough, a comparatively trivial incident in India to the wife of the British leader prevented his attendance at the second celebration, the twentieth anniversary.
Whilst none of us is ever likely, or indeed would ever wish to seek to match the heroic effort of the sealers of Everest, in common with others of our race we do gain satisfaction from achievement even in the ordinary day to day affairs of life. Each one of us, I am sure, can look back over the past week and think of examples of work undertaken for ourselves or for others, perhaps somewhat reluctantly, and maybe in the course of which unexpected difficulties arose, and know so