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Praise Report -
Praise God for his presence at the Africa Regional Conference in Johannesburg! Pray for a fervency in the Church in Africa to bring the Gospel to unreached areas, and please pray for the missionaries who are serving in sensitive areas.
Praise the Lord that the 7-month-old and 7-year-old daughters of Brother Milly Ibanda, vice-chair of the Nazarene Youth International Africa Region Council, have recovered from malaria and returned home from the hospital.
Growth in numbers and deepening in the Spirit happening across the region.
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Mission Immersion 2015 is taking place in mid-March in Mozambique to train young people who feel called to missions.
Pray for the Fullah family in Sierra Leone. Pastor James Fullah lost his wife, Isatu, to Ebola in February, and their 6-year-old daughter later tested positive. As of the first week of March, Pastor Fullah was in quarantine with his other four children. His church, Amazing Grace Church of the Nazarene outside Freetown, has been temporarily shut down.
The Ebola epidemic has created a dire situation for many residents of Sierra Leone. "People are discouraged. They have lost their jobs," Sierra Leone District Superintendent Rev. Vidal Cole said on the 10th of March. "Companies closed down, universities closed down, schools closed down. So everything is at a stand still." Teen pregnancies have increased because youth have been out of school for months, he said. A praise, however, is that more people are attending church, and the Nazarene Theological Institute in Freetown is offering courses to high school students whose schools have been shut down.
Malawi and Mozambique have been hit with heavy rainfall and flooding, displacing thousands of families.
As of Jan. 15, 2015, almost 50 people had died, and the flood forced more than 80,000 people out of their homes. Rev. Gershom Kwerakwera, the district superintendent of the Lower Shire District in Malawi, said many members of the Kalenso and Bangula Nazarene churches had been displaced. They are in need of prayer, he said, as well as items such as food, clothing, blankets, buckets, paper and cooking utensils.
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Madagascar has reported over 100 cases of bubonic plague since August 2014. To date 41 people have died. Click here for an update from the World Health Organisation. Please join us as we pray for Madagascar.
Pasteur Josiane's son, Tony, was suffering form chronic insomnia for a very long time and was always tired. He was able to travel to Tana to see a Neurologist who prescribed medicine for his condition. Please pray for his treatment to be successful.
Liberia – Rev. Daniel Johnson
Please pray for Rev. Joe Sonkpah and his family as well as the Church in Liberia as they mourn the loss of their loved one. Hannah Sonkpah, the wife of Rev. Sonkpah passed away on Monday, October 6, 2014, at the Island Clinic Ebola Treatment Center on Bushrod Island in Monrovia.
Since the outbreak of the deadly viral disease in Liberia, this is the first case of Ebola victim in the Church of the Nazarene in Liberia.
Please continue to pray that God will stop the spread of this deadly virus, and eradicate it from West Africa; especially from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia which are hard hit by the virus.
Liberia – Rev. Daniel Johnson
Thank you for your prayers for the four West Africa nations (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria) that have been affected by the deadly Ebola virus. As you may be aware, of the four nations mentioned above, which are experiencing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Liberia has the highest fatality reported so far.
It is very unfortunate that hospitals and health centers in Liberia are not well equipped to rapidly respond to the fast spread of the Ebola disease. All of the major hospitals in Monrovia, the capital are currently closed. So, people are now dying of other diseases, like malaria, diarrhea and typhoid fever.
At the current trend, people are deeply worried and engulfed with fear because of the prevailing situation in Liberia. Also, the movement of people has been restricted. People are not allowed to travel to those areas of the country where Ebola cases are prevalent. According to health authority in Monrovia, eight of the fifteen counties of Liberia are affected by the virus. Some of these areas, like Lofa and Bong Counties are known as the “bread baskets” of the nation.
Liberia is now going through a state of emergency, an extensive measure pronounced by the Liberian president in order to fight against the Ebola virus. This pronouncement though it is made in the right direction; it will generate scarcity of essential goods and services in the local market. It is obvious that prices of goods and services will increase in the coming days.
Our local church pastors are providing health education for their members and communities. They are encouraging their people to follow all health preventive measures announced by the Ministry of Health to the letter and at the same time praying for God’s intervention to eradicate the virus from Liberia.
The church in Liberia needs the support of the global church. Please continue to bathe Liberia with prayers during this very stressful period. Pray for the church and the people of Liberia!
Sierra Leone – Rev. Vidal Cole
The spread of the Ebola virus is mostly in the interior in the eastern region. The major affected locations are Kailahun and Kenema. Unfortunately, our churches in Segbwema are located right in the middle of these two locations. There is no way one can travel to Segbwema without going through Kenema and after Segbwema you get to Kailahun.
In Freetown, we're basically dealing with the issue of fear and panic. The government is working with educating the populace about the virus and also putting preventive strategies in place. Whenever there is a confirmed case in Freetown, the person/persons are immediately transferred to Kenema for isolation and treatment.
We will appreciate prayers in the following areas:
· That this virus does not continue to spread in the interior.
· That God will preserve Segbwema and keep it safe so that our people there will not be affected.
· That all those affected be able to get adequate treatment so their health will be restored.
· That the education and prevention strategies in Freetown go well and that the spirit of fear be lifted from the city.
· Finally that God in His mercy wipes out this dreaded disease not just from Sierra Leone alone but from every affected country.
Join our West African family in prayer as they deal with the effects of the Ebola virus in Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Rev Prao Kouakou, Africa West Field (AWF) Prayer Coordinator shared the following with us:
I just invite us to intensify our prayers for the full eradication of Ebola fever in West Africa.Pray for:
1 Protection of the Lord
2 Medical wisdom
3 Complete eradication of the virus
"Then Jesus came to them and said,“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." (Matthew 28: 18).
Rev Dany Gomis, Field Strategy Coordinator for AWF added:
Thank you for praying. We are praying and asking our Lord to accomplish His promise according to 2 Chronicles 7:13-15.
"When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and will heal their land.Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place."
Please pray for God’s comfort for the family of Dean Loon. Dean and his wife, Carol, celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on 21 July. He died on the evening of 25 July.
Evie Gardner, his daughter and missionary in Kenya, wrote, “I will miss him, but I’m happy to know he’s with Jesus and I’ll see him again someday.”
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Please join with us in prayer for fellow Nazarenes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Sudan who are in difficult conditions. Pray that in the chaos, disorder, confusion, instability, and suffering, people would turn to the Lord for strength and hope. Pray for our leaders, that they will continue to be strong as they minister to those who look up to them for help. Pray for fellow Nazarenes in neighboring countries as seldom can troubles be contained.
NCM Africa: Pray that Nazarene Compassionate Ministries - Africa will continue to make a great impact in communities that do not have clean water. NCM Africa is mobilizing resources to provide or construct solar-powered and hand pumps for boreholes. This will provide clean water to communities that have lived for many years without water or with access to only dirty water that causes disease.
Relief from Disasters Around the Globe: Every day we hear of
natural disasters and the result to lives disrupted or destroyed. Many
people around the world continue to experience trauma. Pray for people
who are affected by circumstances out of their control and that
Christians will offer compassion and the hope of Christ to those who are
JESUS Film Teams: Pray for the JESUS Film teams facing opposition. Pray that they will see God’s hand in their work for His Kingdom.
NMI Ministry: Please pray that every NMI ministry will be led by the Holy Spirit to encourage local churches to have an active heart for mission - in their Jerusalem, their Judea, their Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Dr Filimao Chambo as he leads the Africa Region, his wife Rev Samantha, and their children Tsakani and Emanuel. Pray that God will use him and Samantha in all areas of ministry.
Dr. Eugenio Duarte, General Superintendent in jurisdiction for Africa, and his wife, Maria Teresa.
Pray for wisdom and clarity of vision as Africa Regional Leadership works on a strategy to establish the church in areas of the continent that we have not yet entered. There are many unreached people groups in Africa who need to be given the opportunity to hear the Gospel. Some of these people groups live in troubled areas where it is very difficult to receive permission to preach the Word of God.
Countries Suffering from Political Unrest: Please pray for political stability in several African countries.
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Workers for the Harvest: Luke 10:2 says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” There is a great need for people to hear and respond to God’s call to missions and ministry. Pray with NMI that the Lord will supply workers for the harvest.