The Senior Elder of New Tribes Assembly is Brendy Mba Ndukwe. He got saved in June 1981 and got an indication of call to Christian ministry in 1986 during his final year in the school of Engineering. He functioned in various capacities in spiritual ministry and served at different church communities in different cities for about twenty years before pioneering New Tribes Assembly in 2001.
New Tribes Assembly began with only the senior elder, his wife, four little children and two house helps. It was indeed a very humble beginning and a very trying one. Our history has been a very chequered one, stemming from the fact that we were pioneering a new assembly that was not at the time connected to any other; in a completely new city (different from the one we were known previously in ministry work) and proclaiming the “unpopular” Present Truth Purpose of God.
Part of our formative process was for me to pastor mixed multitudes who sometimes threaten to hijack or derail our process [We’ve had a fair share of that experience]. Long and arduous has been our journey up until this point. We have had reasons to start all over again in our early years, sometimes with less than five members. Our long journey has forged [toughened] us and made us resilient. We have had to learn vital and deep lessons in difficult ways.
One of such learning is the “Power of Divine Naming” [Gadites Community] – a journey of discovering who we are ordained to be as a community in Christ and embracing the Transformative and sieving processes. Identity is warfare [not defined or imprinted by any external circumstance] was another tough lesson we embraced.