Faustin Alobo

Swahili Baptist Church, Iowa

Lead Church Planter
Des Moines Iowa
Swahili Baptist Church
August 28

About My Family

My name is Faustin Loonga Alobo. I was born into a family of polygamy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I have one sister living and many half-brothers and half-sisters from stepmothers. In August 2003, after several attacks and victimization from the civil wars in my homeland, my wife, one son, one daughter, two relatives and I were forced to escape to the Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi, where we stayed until March 2013—almost 10 years. My wife, Zaina Mauwa Irene, and I are blessed with six children: Ferdinand (16), Irene (8), Bahekelwa (7), Safi (13), Fatuma (11) and Sharleen (4). I speak six languages and have done three years college in economics science at Lubumbashi University, CongoDR.

About My Church Plant

I received my calling through a dream of Isaiah 4:2 in August 1998 and ministered at the Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi from August 2003–March 2013. My family members were resettled originally in Sacramento, Calif., in March 2013, then moved to Iowa in September 2013 through God's guidance, where I started a Swahili church ministry here in the Des Moines. Our first meeting was on Sunday, August 17, 2014.I help the refugee population, especially the new arrivals, with integration and socialization wihile driving them to the medical appointments, applications and job interviews. I help with letter reading, getting Iowa state IDs, shopping, finding an apartment or house and green card applications.I hold a certificate from the Bible Training Center for Pastors and a certificate in perspectives class.

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Faustin Alobo

Ministry Fund ID 4YU8UZ-Alobo,Faustin
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We are in need of ministry space. Please pray with us for the provision of a church building for rent before Christmas of 2018. Our church ministry is looking for partners in prayers, advice and financial support to help the missionary works as it will take time for our people to understand the giving system because most of them have been in refugee camps from five to 22 years. Pray that Christ will be exalted as we follow Him in obedience and reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.


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Fund ID: 4YU8UZ-Alobo,Faustin