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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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    “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).

    The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).

    Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).

    That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.

    Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.

    Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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