In December 2016 Leonard Mkossa, a refugee from Congo, and Daniel Zagami, a missionary from New York, discussed the idea of creating a fellowship that would exist to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the Swahili speaking refugees in their community of Clarkston, GA.
In February 2017 Leonard, Daniel and a couple other people had a Bible study and fellowship in a classroom of the Clarkston International Bible Church. That group grew to about 30 people and moved into the Gym.
Through community engagement and apartment visits, the group grew and began to meet in the chapel of CIBC. They had their first baptism in December 2017. In addition to the evangelical worship service, guests from the community are invited to share about their agency or service project. An English class runs immediately following the church service along with a program for children.
In between, everyone is invited for warm fellowship over chai and maandazi!
On March 7, 2021 the Swahili Evangelical Refugee Fellowship officially appointed Roger Waboi as its first pastor.
The Swahili Evangelical Refugee Fellowship was incorporated as a church by the state of Georgia in February 2018. SERFA Certificate of Incorporation