28th July 2015
MICAH 4:1 (New King James Version)
"In the last days the mountain
where the Lord’s temple is located will be famous.
It will be the highest mountain of all.
It will be lifted up above the hills.
And nations will go to it.”
The presidential election in Burundi are over and results are out with the incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza as widely expected emerging the winner, albeit under strife and widespread violence across the country.
It is estimated that Burundi will run out of money by the end of the year because of withdrawal of 50 per cent of overseas aid. Food prices have already trebled and many people have not been paid for several months. The Great Lakes Outreach conference centre in Bujumbura has had to lay off 33 of its 53 staff who will be without money to buy food. Meanwhile the government has pressed on with the presidential election despite international pressure to delay. Many thousands especially young people have fled the country to avoid pressure either to support the government or to join those using force to resist. Pray for Christ's peace for all facing these great pressures just to survive. Pray too for the Anglican Church as it has a programme to provide for displaced people and build peace in the dioceses across Burundi.
Pray for mission associate Alison Gill who was due to return to Burundi this month but because of the situation has been advised by her mission to stay in the UK for the whole of August. Even a return in September looks uncertain. Pray for wisdom and that peace which only the Lord can give. On a more positive note, Alison has just announced her engagement to Paul Guinness, an OM worker in Burundi. They hope to marry just after Christmas. Pray God's blessing over them as they plan their future together.
Pray for mission associate Donald Werner, vice chancellor of Bujumbura Christian University. He too returns to Burundi after a period in the UK. Pray that the university may be able to start the new term in September.
Pray for the Burundian refugees, perhaps as many as 30,000, who have fled to Rwanda (and to Tanzania and DRC) that they may find help, support and pastoral care. Among those who have fled are the vice president, the speaker of the parliament and many young people. Pray for the church in Rwanda, that the members can show practical love and concern for these people.
Continue to pray for mission associate Meg Guillebaud as she progresses with her visit to Rwanda and Uganda. Pray for strength, health and safety in all her travels.
Africa Forum member Sally Botteley flew out to Rwanda and Uganda in mid-July. While there she is helped to lead the first youth exchange with REACH youth (Rwanda) visiting YEM youth (Uganda) – to gain understanding and break down potential barriers. Please pray for those who organised it, and for all involved as they reflect back and learn from their experience.
Refugees in Ethiopia
Pray for the 600,000 South Sudanese refugees who have fled to Ethiopia and that the relief agencies may have enough resources to care for them. Give thanks too that the arrival of many Anglican Christians in the Gambella area of south-west Ethiopia has helped the work of evangelisation in that district. Pray for Bishop Grant Le Marquand and all the church workers in Gambella, working with the refugees and local Christians.
Thanksgiving for Hassan James Consecration
Join in giving thanks to God for Rev Hassan James, who was consecrated on Sunday 26 July in Khartoum as the assistant bishop of Kadugli Diocese.
Kadugli is a fragmented diocese with communities in many places so many may not be able to support Hassan in person. Hassan is a pastor trained and experienced in the Nuba Mountains and until recently exiled in Egypt by the conflict in the Nuba Mountains. His main task will be to serve the Nuba Christians in the Northern part of the war torn Nuba Mountains. His task is a daunting and troubled one.
Financial Freedom for Families F4 Training Program
Give thanks to God for the F4 trainers who were in South Sudan from July 17th to 22nd advancing the Kingdom of God stewardship principles in JUBA and WAU in partnership with FOCUS-South Sudan.
Henry Mwaniki reports that the core team both at JUBA and Wau is very committed to the hungry for information. Pray for South Sudanese dispersed across East and Horn of Africa that the TOT's desire to take F4 to Khartoom, Kampala and Cairo will be realised.
Please pray for the need to translate the F4 Training manuals into Arabic including the Mixing God with Money book.
"The Dinka in Wau Diocese don’t understand English nor Arabic but are very happy to participate in the F4 Training and are keenly doing their work/assignments in their local languages," observes Henry who says audio materials will go a long way in spreading the gospel of stewardship in Sudan.
Thanksgiving for VISION Conference in Tanzania
Give thanks unto God for the VISION Conference held on Mbuguni, Mererani in Tanzania last week. Samaritan Stratgey Trainers: Stephen Mosehni from Kenya and Paul Kibona from Tanzania were the key trainer. Over 13 people particpated in this training. Pray that these people shall put to practice what they learned even as they become agents of transformation in their communities.
Financial Freedom for Families F4 Training Program
Give thanks to God for the opened door for the F4 Programme to go into South Sudan. The team of F4 trainers led by Sarah Gitahi travel to South Sudan between JULY 17th to 22nd to continue with the F4 training programme at JUBA and WAU in partnership with FOCUS-South Sudan.
Pray for their safety and effectiveness during this trip considering the South Sudan is just reeling from years of political violence and instability.
Financial Freedom for Families (F4) Graduation on 22nd August
The Financial Freedom for Families (F4) training programme is planning for a graduation on 22nd August for all those have gone through this programme in the last one year. Please pray for the plans and the F4 team that the Lord will make them realise their targets as projected.
CMS-Africa Dinner in August 2015
Plans are underway to host an inaugural CMS-Africa Fundraising Dinner in support of the footprints campaign on 29th August in Nairobi Kenya. Please pray for the central planning Committee led by Rev. Dennis Tongoi who says “the Footprints Campaign is more than a building. It is a manifestation of the ownership of mission by Africans; mission from Africa to the World.”
Pray for the keynote speaker Mr. Ram Gidoomal from UK and all other guests invited.
The goal of the dinner is to raise Sh.50million of the 180 million needed to help CMS-Africa purchase 3 floors of the 9 story building. 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 will 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. Praise God for the new business Model which is introducing new packaging for their products beginning August this year. Visit: www.herbalgarden.co.ke for more information.
850 Chania Building Project
Thank God for the official launch of the partnership between Trustone Foundation from the UK, Briken and CMS-AFRICA initiated in July. The Project Management team is preparing the documentation for the tendering process to begin at the end of July.
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.
IMPORTANT! We observe confidentiality and ensure that only relevant information is shared.
The Prayer Circle is a product of CMS-Africa. The staff invites you to send in prayer requests and also join in praying for God’s mission in the world.