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10/06/2022 03:00 - 11/06/2022 02:00

“To whom much is given, much is required” - Luke 12:48 (NIV). 

At one gathering of the United Methodist Church in the US in 2019 a controversial proposal to embrace LGBTQ as part of mainstream church teachings was turned down largely due to the deciding numbers of African representatives. In the February meeting the Africans voted that “homosexuality is incompatible with the Gospel”! This was against the wishes of the majority of American Methodists, who threatened secession. This decision was similar to what had happened earlier in the US Episcopal Church where African representative had also proved to be the deciding majority.

Africans are now steering churches that once brought the gospel on to the shores of Africa. The number of African missionaries to the West is on the rise, in some churches outnumbering those from any continent going into other lands. Prior, in many places it used to be that the face of missionaries was a white savior but that complexion is these days becoming browner.

For the African missionary this is both humbling and yet also convicting. This new mantle means Africans must continually ask themselves what it means to be the ones holding up the global Church of Jesus Christ. There is a need for daily prayer for those African missionaries in the West and other lands.

One important area is raising support for missionaries. Africa is still the poorest continent and in many ways dependent on aid from more powerful nations, some which are openly atheistic, like China. He who pays the piper calls the tune. Sometime where the African church has come out strong on certain issues because of being dependent on foreign donation, certain congregations in the West have made it clear they would not allow to be dictated to by those who are dependent on their purse.

If the church in Africa becomes the ultimate defender of the Gospel, she will need to become independent by developing her resources through good governance. Let us all who long for Africa to take lead in global affairs, including leading the church, pray for her economic development and good governance such that the continent can be a blessing to other regions of the world.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, today I pray in the loving name of Jesus Christ, that you uphold the church in Africa, to prosper and be a blessing to the rest of the world!

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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