1 Chronicles 12: 32
“…of Issachar,… men who had understanding of the time. To know what Israel ought to do”
CMS-Africa is pleased to invite you to partake of the Lent Prayerthon this year under the theme of Matthew 6:36-38. We are trusting God for people to sign up to a prayer chain to cover the complete 24 hours during each of the 40 days of Lent from 18th February to 2nd April.
“The Lent Prayerthon is a campaign designed to mobilise thousands of people across the world to pray for missions work. We have developed a Lent Prayerthon Guide that includes scriptural passages and prayer items for each day,” says the campaign leader Rev. Dennis Tongoi who has appealed to all to sign up for this annual event starting this year. Let’s pray to God for missions work around the globe.
Here is how you can participate:
1. Visit CMS-Africa website and sign up by at the home page by clicking on the Prayerthon Campaign
3. Call +254 720 845 241 for more information.
The Country Coordinator for Samaritan Strategy Tanzania (SASTA), Paul Kibona asks for prayers that God’s favour and grace will be upon His work and the SASTA facilitators team will reach many people with the message of good news.
“It is my prayer that the Lord God will grant us wisdom, strength and good health even as we engage in wholistic transformation work acros Tanzania this year. Pray also for provision to meet the major needs as we continue serving our people in Tanzania”, says Paul. Specificall pray for Bishop Chakupewa as he organises a VISION Conference in his Tabora Diocese in May 2015. There are several other VISION Conferences planned for this February:
1. 9th to 13th February at Gorowa Babati
2. 16th -20th February at Lweru Bukoba
3. 23rd to 27th February Ketumbeine
The presidential elections in Nigeria that were to be held on 14th February have been postponed by six weeks to 28th March.
The Independent Nigeria Election Commission said it moved the poll date because troops needed to protect polling stations were being deployed to fight Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group that has continued its brutal attacks in the northern part of the country.
Please pray for Nigeria, that the period before, during and after the elections would be peaceful, and the country more united, and that the people would vote for godly leaders of integrity to serve them. There are fears that many people in the north-east will not be able to vote in the elections because of the conflict.
CMS-Africa is organising a VC in the Diocese of Bukuru in Nigeria next month. Pray that this will be successful, and the truth of God’s Word would free people from falsehood and teach them to be better followers of Jesus Christ.
Rev. Pauline Walker, the CMS-Africa Representative in South Sudan observes that although yet another “peace deal” is said to have been signed the people are very conscious that most of the other “deals” have soon been broken. “The general consensus here is that only an intervention from God can save this country from either continued destructive chaos or all-out war and it all seems so senseless, unnecessary and heart-breaking. Most of the people do not want war, so please pray with us that a solution is found to this current impasse,” she says.
1. Continuing wisdom, courage and God’s protection for the Church leaders as they continue to speak out against the violence and ills in the society.
2. Those lives that were touched at the revival convention to go on being touched by God and for their lives and the lives of those around them to be transformed. For a miracle to happen and for the peace deal to lead to constructive and sustainable peace this time. Particularly pray for the two main leaders, President Salva Kiir and former vice-president Riek Machar, and for their advisors. Pray that God will intervene and lead them to work together sincerely for peace.
3. For the millions of people displaced and traumatised by all that has happened since the fighting broke out 14 months ago. Many are still living in UN camps, too scared to come out let alone return home. Others are still looking for family members who have disappeared and they don’t know whether they are dead or alive.
4. For the famine looming in many areas as people could not cultivate the land while the fighting raged last year, so in these last few months of the dry season the food will run out before the rains come and planting can take place again
5. For the inter-clan and inter-tribal cattle-raiding and other fighting that is going on in various parts of the country. It feels as though the turmoil in peoples’ hearts quickly turns minor disagreements into physical fighting and the abundance of guns in the country means that disputes are tackled with guns, with tragic consequences.
1. For the way many Church leaders are speaking out against the things that are going wrong and that threaten to destroy this country.
2. For the public day of prayer organised by the South Sudan Council of Churches and held in a very prominent arena in Juba on Saturday Jan 31st.
3. For the 4-day Revival Convention held at one of the church centres in Juba last week, with more than 18,400 people there on the final day, Sunday. Give thanks for many lives committed or re-committed to the Lord; and for much repentance that took place in front of the wooden cross set up in the middle of the ground. Give thanks especially for the government members who came forward to repent on behalf of the government and what is going wrong – and for the tears of repentance and prayer shed by many of them.
4. For much prayer going on in individual parishes and homes.
5. On a local level, there are many good things happening in the midst of all this, as somehow life goes on despite the difficulties.
6. Please give thanks for initiatives taking place to empower the people themselves to bring change to their lives and communities, and pray that these will increase.
CMS-Africa’s youth coordinator, James Kweyu is one of the keynote speakers at this public lecture coming up Wednesday, 11th February at Pan-African Christian (PAC) University.
Pray for James and his co-speaker Dr. Gary Cymbaluk that they would be inspirational to the participants at this lecture. The public lecture will delve into Christian perspectives on issues affecting the young people i.e work and mindset transformation.
CMS-Africa team James Kweyu and John Ndeta visited African International University on 9th February to seek partnerships in missions work as well as give out some of the books from the CMS-Africa inventory. Most of the books issued to the International students at AIU were on Kingdom Lifestyle as written by Darrow Miller, Bob Moffitt and Scott Allen.
CMS-Africa’s Liberian contact at the college, Robert Chiewolo says, “I arranged with the Missions Department for CMS-Africa Team visit to Africa International University (AIU) on Monday, 9th February, from 10 am to 11 am. Over 20 students and lectures attended the meeting and were thankful to God for the connections and linkages for missions work though CMS-Africa,” affirms Robert.
Robert also organised for the International Students Community to meet with CMS-Africa’s Rev. Dennis Tongoi, Karobia Njogu and Henry Mwaniki on 7th February from 6 pm to 7 pm. The meeting explored how some the international students learning in Kenya can partake of the CMS-Africa training programmes: - Samaritan Strategy and Financial Freedom, and thus become agents of change and champions in their home countries.
Planning for this Conference continues in earnest. The big task right now is registering delegates from outside Kenya. The goal of the conference is to spread a biblical vision for creation care as a gospel issue and to highlight how this issue holds tremendous potential for missions, for discipleship, and for ministry to the poor. A primary outcome is to encourage churches and Christian organizations across East Africa to begin addressing the urgent environmental issues of our day, equipping each participant to begin biblically-based creation care movements in their own country and sphere of influence.
Last Sunday saw the launch of a four-week sermon series on stewardship at the Africa Gospel Church in Karen in the southern suburbs of Nairobi. CMS-Africa has been given three consecutive Sundays to teach on stewardship from the pulpit. Pray that God would use these teachings in the lives of the Christians who would have an impact in their communities and nation.
Pray for Henry Mwaniki as he leads the F4 team; that the favour of the Lord shall rest upon Him. It is the intention of CMS-Africa to carry out church-wide campaigns on financial freedom among other training programmes. The engagement with AGC presents a perfect start to the 2015.
Rev. Dennis Tongoi will be speaking on stewardship at All Saints Cathedral starting this week. Please also pray for him and the entire F4 team as they prepare sermons for the congregation on this topic.
Women Training Program
The women training seminar that had been planned for early this year in Kinshasa, was postponed until relative calm returns to the city. Please continue praying for peace and stability in this country.
“There are also three women training events in Kenya set for this first half of the year,” reports Lucy Ochieng who heads the Women training programme. Lucy requests that you pray with her and her team of women trainers that the Lord will open doors for this programme to be of impact to the communities in which they are engaged in 2015.
CMS-Africa has been promoting Herbal Gardens Limited as one of its Business as Mission models in Kenya. Herbal Garden is now seeking to relocate its operations to a new location within Nairobi. Pray for the Lord to provide the right location.
We thank God for the new machinery imported from China that has increased the capacity for production. Pray that this company can grow and have an impact in people’s lives for the glory of God.
CMS-Africa gives thanks to God for the letter of offer from a local bank in Kenya in response to the request for a construction loan last year. The offer letter is for bridging finance to enable us complete the building.
Other than the loan sought from a local bank and in addition to the grants from the Footprints Campaign, we are praying for equity investment amounting to US$ 1,000,000 to enable CMS-Africa mange cashflow during the construction project. Praise God for those who have shown interest in this and pray that they may be able to commit the money before the end of March for work to continue unhindered.
Kindly pray for the Footprints Campaign. CMS-Africa is still raising grant money to help us purchase two more floors for CMS-Africa. It is our prayer that many friends and partners would continue giving towards making missions work in Africa economically sustainable now and in days to come.
CMS-Africa produces this weekly prayer bulletin that is widely shared amongst mission circles in Africa and abroad every Tuesday. This is in line with CMS-Africa goal of creating a network of prayer warriors across the globe who champion mission and Christian ministry issues.
We are thus requesting you to kindly share your needs for prayer on a weekly basis for inclusion in our Prayer Circle. This could range from planned mission activities to special events, ongoing projects and functions that you may be involved in across the continent and beyond.
IMPORTANT! We observe confidentiality and ensure that only relevant information is shared.