23rd June 2015
Hebrews 10:5-6(New International Version)
“… Sacrifices and offerings You did not desire,
But a body you have prepared for Me.
In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure.”
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Harvest Regional Conference 6th - 10th July in Kinshasa
Stephen Mosheni, CMS-Africa Representative from Kenya and Samaritan Strategy Africa Trainer in the region will be attending the Harvest Foundation Regional Conference in Kinshasa early next Month together with other Associates: Joe Orlale and Rev. Meshack Okumu.
At the conference participants will share testimonies and update one another on the progress done across the region in terms of VC trainings and resultant seed projects in the communities
Pray for journey mercies for all those from Africa and beyond who will be attending the Kinshasa meeting.
Pray also for Bob Moffit; Harvest Foundation President who will be gracing this key conference.
I. Bwembwera: Thanksgiving for VC in Korogwe
Paul Kibona, the CMS-Africa Representative in Tanzania reports having successfully held a VISION Conference in Bwembwera from June 8th to 12th. Over 44 participants, were drawn from all sectors of community, including District senior officials like District Executive Director (DED), District Medical Officer (DMO) and other departmental officers viz. District Livestock and Fishery officer(DLFDO), District Primary education Officer (DPEO), District Community Development Officer (DCDO), and District water Engineer (DWE) Religious leaders. One of the participants Sheik Ramadhani Bakari Mfuko, said: “I thank God that though we learnt using the Bible; what was taught is also available in the Quran Surat Baqara verse 3 we read that “God (Allah) loves those who give from their possessions. From what I learned from this seminar I will work out for the community I am serving.”
Pray for the participants as they plan to carry out group plans and seed projects according to their locations in respective wards.
II. PiM Conference in Tanzania
This has been postponed to a later date that will be communicated. Continue praying for the plans and mobilisation
I. Fighting in South Sudan
In South Sudan fighting between the government and rebels continues. In Upper Nile the rebels claim to have repulsed a government attack on their positions. Meanwhile IGAD, the body leading peace negotiation efforts, has proposed a new power-sharing deal which would give Riek Machar administrative control of the three contested states (Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei). A surprising suggestion, because this appears to be part of Sudan’s master-strategy, on the basis that Machar would then effectively hand those states to Sudan. But in fact the proposal has been rapidly and roundly rejected by both sides. Pray for those who persevere, despite all difficulties, in searching for the right key to a peace agreement that will hold and be observed.
II. Sudan has become a hostile environment for Christians.
Two South Sudanese Christian missionaries, invited to Khartoum to preach, have been arrested and charged with capital offences – “undermining the constitution”, and “waging war against the state” – because in their preaching they criticised both a corruption scandal involving the illegal sale of church land, and also the harsh treatment of Christians. Pray that the courts will uphold justice and the charges be dismissed.
III. Financial Freedom for Families F4 Training Program
Henry Mwaniki thanks God for his trip to South Sudan early June where he begin the series of training sessions for F4 in Juba and Wau. Give thanks to God for the opened door for the F4 Programme to go into South Sudan. Henry Mwaniki and Sarah Gitahi travelled to South Sudan in mid-May to start the F4 training programme in partnership with FOCUS-South Sudan.
Thank God also for the improved health of CMS-Africa Representative in South Sudan, Rev. Pauline Walker, who was indisposed with malaria early last month.
A grenade attack killed four people on Sunday. President Pierre Nkurunziza's opponents have maintained that his bid for another five years in office is unconstitutional, while he cites a court ruling that found he could run for re-election. The ongoing political unrest is the worst political crisis since Burundi emerged from ethnically fueled civil war in 2005. The unrest has worried a region with a history of ethnic conflict, particularly next door Rwanda, where there was a genocide in 1994.
We urge you to pray that the people of Burundi would continue to experience peace and stability in their country. Pray that the disputes in the country would be solved amicably through negotiations and that the surrounding countries would play a constructive role for their sister country, being arbiters for peace.
Thanksgiving for the Assesment of the Youth & Women Post Election Violence livelihood project Mombasa in partnership with SMEP BANK
Last week Youth Coordinator James Kweyu was in Mombasa, here he was evaluating the project among the Youth and Women at the Coasta implemented in partnership with SMEP Bank in the aftermaths of the 2007 post election violence.
This was a youth and women empowerment and training programme that had a lending component to provide seed capital to youth who were affected during the 2007 post election violence to rebuild their livelihood.
The project is progressing well and very encouraging reports are coming from the region about the impact of the project. Notable is the religious tolerance amongst Christians and Muslims who are transacting their businesses amicably,’ says James Kweyu.
Thank God for the donors who facilitated this program and pray for CMS-Africa’s Youth Training program to continue expanding its horizons across Kenya, to the whole world helping the youth to discover develop and deploy their God given talents in order to transform the communities where they live.
F4 Training Program at All Saints Cathedral
The Financial Freedom for Families (F4) training programme through its churchwide campaign is going on well and the team is full of thanksgiving for the support received thus far from the All Saints Cathedral. “For the last 3 months we have been training the church workers, church-owned school staff members as well as the entire congregation. Classes are scheduled to run till August this year,” says Henry Mwaniki.
Henry is grateful to God that many of the participants are grasping fundamental stewardship principles as spelled out in the F4 program. Please pray for the entire F4 team even as they work with the Church to foster biblical principles of stewardship. Pray also that the participants will continue through the training as they experience transformation.
Pray also for the forthcoming AGC training this weekend where a class of nearly 30 participants drawl from African Gospel Church- Karen will be continuing with their F4 classes.
BUSINESS AS MISSION(BAM) Gathering in Kitale
BAM gathering for the people who have received training in partnership with Africa Theological Seminary (ATS) will take place from June 26th to 28th in Kitale in Western Kenya.
Dennis Tongoi will be speaking at this gathering on Business as Mission. Pray for journey mercies for CMS-Africa staff. Pray that the Lord will use participants who will attend this gathering in in the market places after they are equipped.
CMS-Africa Dinner in August 2015
Plans are underway to host a mega fundraising dinner in support of the footprints campaign on 29th August. The inaugural Dinner will will be held and the main speaker Mr. Ram Gidoomal from UK has confirmed as the distinguished guest.
To date we have sent out an e-card invitation to nearly two thousand people and we are trusting God that as many as have received this call to action will respond in the affirmative.
Please pray for the Central Planning Committee led by Rev. Dennis Tongoi even as they put in place strategies and plans to see this event succeed. The goal is to raise Sh.50million to support the ongoing construction of a 9- storey building that is designed to ensure sustainable missions work in and from Africa. Pray also that the various categories of people who will be reached out to become partakers of this God’s mission at such a time as this.
CMS-Africa has been promoting Herbal Gardens Limited as one of its Business as Mission models in Kenya. Herbal Garden finally got a suitable location and has relocated its operations to a different county very near Nairobi City. Praise God for the new business Model. HGL is now manufacturing on contract and has already received several orders. Pray for the new marketing team to be effective.
850 Chania Building Project
Thank God for the signing of an MOU with an investor
“Praise God for the signing of an MOU with an investor from UK to fully finance the development of the 850 Chania project. Pray for operational issues and preparation being put in place to ensure that the construction work starts sooner than later that the Lord shall orchestrate all things to fall in place as planned,” says Rev. Dennis Tongoi.
Pray for the planned visit by the investor later this month to finalise operational matters as we trust God for good tidings ahead.
Call to prayer for mission activities
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.