4th AUGUST 2015
NAHUM 1:7 (New King James Version)
"The Lord is good,
A stronghold in the day of trouble;
And He knows those who trust in Him.”
From our Partner in Uganda; Transforming Nations Alliance, Judith Murungi says kindly join us in praying for the forthcoming events:z
ü Nsambya Vision Casting for Church Leaders in Makindye Division, Kampala.
ü Presbyterian Church of Uganda Vision Conference.
ü Young Empowered Network (YEN) Vision Conference early in September 2015.
ü National Seed Project Day August 15, 2015.
ü CBCT Module 5 Training on Marriage & the Family Mid-term Evaluation July – August 2015.
Pray for Mission Associate Donald Werner, Vice Chancellor of Bujumbura Christian University. Pray that the university may be able to start the new term in September as projected. “The Bujumbura Christian University hopes to open again on Monday 24 September.My difficulty is to persuade potential sponsors that this will happen...ie. to financially act because they have faith in God's plan - even before solid evidence is given,' says Donald.
Thank God for using BCU to give the future leaders in church and state a good higher Christian education that will help stop history repeating itself.
Meanwhile, it has been reported this week that that Adolphe – the perceived ruthless suppressor of opposition in Burundi was assassinated. Even as this happened, some semblance of calm has been reported in Bujumbura. People are coming back to their homes in Bujumbura - and people are traveling freely even at 10pm.
Note also that after the contested polls, the leader of the Opposition was voted in as first deputy chairman of Parliament - backed by almost 100% by the President Nkurunzinza's political party.
Pray too 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 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.
F4 Training in Juba and Wau
Pray for Dennis Tongoi who will be making trips to South Sudan this Month to train on F4 Juba and Wau. The first rpund of the trip to Juba is coming up this weekend of 7th - 8th before the second one due on 17th-18th August.
Please pray for journey mercies and God's wisdom even as Dennis trains and mentors Christians in South Sudan on biblical stewardship of God-given resources.
Pray also for our partners and conveners of the F4 Programme in South Sudan; the FOCUS South Sudan and the Anglican Diocese of Wau under the leadership of Bishop Moses Deng.
Need to translate F4 Materials into Arabic and Dinka
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 Mwaniki who says audio materials will go a long way in spreading the gospel of stewardship in Sudan.
WAU Diocese's Pentecostal Celebration Sunday
Bishop Moses Deng reports “We introduced what we called "The Pentecostal Celebration Sunday Service" last Month. In this service we invite each of the communities who attend Sunday service at Good Shepherd Cathedral in Wau to sing in their Mother Tongue and the rest of the communities to joint them in the singing.” We could see a sense of joy and unity among all the South Sudanese communities including Nuer, Dinka, Bagari, luo, Kresh, Balanda etc. We give thanks to God for this wonderful service. This service will be done after every three Month in the same Cathedral. The next Service will be on 6th September 2015.
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.
Thanksgiving for VISION Conference at Mbuguni
Give thanks unto God for the VISION Conference held on Mbuguni, in Tanzania from July 13th to 17th. Over 13 people particpated in this training.
"I am thankful for this seminar since 13 to 17 July. I have learned quite a lot from the dependency syndrome which had a held me for long. This took away the glass I wore for long about myself and life in general. The Vision Conference has helped me see the resources in my community: land, people, water, livestock and the freedom. I also learned that all four areas of life must be considered i.e, Wisdom, Physical, Spiritual and Social are to be attended to for wholistic growth," attests Stanfor Isaya Indosi, on of those who attended the Vision Conference.
Pray that ALL those who attended the VC shall put to practice what they learned even as they become agents of transformation in their communities.
Timothy Mission Partner Wairimu Kamau equips Mission workers
From Wairimu Kamau; “We are currently running the Missionary Care Foundations Course 2015 here at Africa International University. We have 12 students, five regular staff and two volunteers, from four different countries. Best class so far. Most of the students expect to be designated missionary care personnel for their organizations on the completion of this course."
Please pray for Wairimu and her team even as they train missioncare oriented personnel to serve the Misions fraternity in Africa and beyond.
Pray also for her plans to under the Farming God's Way training at Care of Creation Kenya based at Kijabe so as to learn how to develop her Lukenya land for arid and semi-arid agriculture demonstration.
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.