“I will plant trees in the barren desert cedar and the acacia, myrtle, olive cypress, fir and pine”
Isiah 41:19 (Living Translation)
It was a day like any normal day in December. I was on my way to work in the morning driving through one of the beautiful areas in Nairobi. The landscapes, the houses and the manicured lawns could have been on the cover of “Better Homes and Gardens” magazine. As I admired the scenery the cars began to back up. Traffic jams are normal in Nairobi, but at this time of the morning it was unusual for cars to be backed up this much. What is that I see? Cows? The road, the sidewalk, the lawns everywhere you looked there were cows. Some grazing on the manicured lawns while others blocked the road while two young herdsmen with a stick trying to get the cows off of the road. This was a usual scene in the middle of the suburbs of Nairobi. I knew that this was a sign of things to come. When the Maasai (ethnic group in Kenya) herders walk their cattle for miles from the Ngong hills to the suburbs of Nairobi this can only mean that the country side was in a serious crises of lack of water. No rains meant they had to find grass to feed their cows, and where better to find grass? At the “Homes and Garden” manicured lawns in the suburbs of Nairobi.Read more
We would like to thank God and you for your continuous support since we joined the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) as Global Ministries Missionary. The All Africa Conference of Churches is an ecumenical fellowship of churches and institutions working together in their common witness to the Gospel by:Read more
We take this opportunity to thank the Lord for having seen us through these last six months of this year working with the Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC).Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 2:13-23
Prayers for Kenya:
Creator God, this new year help us not to take our lead from the many boisterous voices around us, rewire us by your grace that we might speak and act with Godly boldness and trust in you.
- Peaceful, fair, and transparent elections in Kenya and continued national stability in Kenya.
- The gender equality for the girl child when it comes to education, health care, early/forced marriages.
- The emerging serious impact of climate change affecting countries in Africa such as Ethiopia, East Africa, and Southern Africa causing lost of cattle, food shortages, and lack of water.
We, the participants from different parts of Africa of the consultation on the Promotion of a Peaceful Africa (Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want) of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) in partnership with the African Union (AU), held at Desmond Tutu Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya from 29 - 30 November, 2016; after the two-day discussion, deep reflection, sharing and informed by the deliberations of the AACC Advisory Committee on Peace:Read more
The All Africa Council of Churches General Committee meeting held from 6th to 7th October 2016, discussed and considered the peace and security situation in Africa and specifically in the DRC. In response to the situation, the General Committee took a decision to send a delegation to visit the DRC. It is against this background that a delegation of five visited Kinshasa, DRC, from the 1st to 7th November 2016.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 21:5-19
Prayers for Kenya:
Lord, have mercy on us. Help us stand together in the fight against violence. We are all Africans and we share the same destiny. As we approach elections next year, we pray for peace and love to one another. Destroy the sins of division and the hatred within us. Heal the wounded hearts and grant peace to our people.
Lectionary Selection: Luke 17:11-19
Prayers for Kenya:
The disease of leprosy goes as far back before Christ. To live with leprosy meant you were a social outcast. It is a hopeless disease that one lived with and died from it. The 10 men with leprosy had learned to live with the abnormal. They learned to live with the disease and became accustomed to living on the fringes of society. Society can also become accustomed to living with abnormal conditions. We live with the disease of violence in the world and we have become so accustomed to it that the abnormal feels normal.
The All Africa Conference of Churches held along with other two ecumenical partners a workshop on Peace and Healing with the churches in Burundi. The participants were asked to recall the disease that is affecting the country as well as moments of healing that took place. The disease list was assassination, extra judiciary killings, hatred, injustice etc. The times they experience healing/liberation from their disease the list was so few.
The healing of societal diseases requires that we make them visible, that we use our voice and at times use our hands to heal. The disease of gun violence, chemical weapons, wars, hunger, etc. they all cry out “Jesus have mercy on us” And the people of God “see” and responds.
Pray for peace and stability in the following countries:
- South Soudan
- Democratic Republic of Congo
God, you call us to heal the 10 that called out to youRead more
“Y tomando los cinco panes y los dos peces, levantando los ojos al cielo, los bendijo, y los partió, y los iba dando a los discípulos para que los sirvieran a la gente.” Lucas 9:16
Mi padre, Charlie Byrd, nació y se crió en el sur de los Estados Unidos, fue a la escuela hasta el tercer grado, hijo de un ministro Bautista, y vivió durante la Gran Depresión. Cuando regresaba a casa y nos saludaba después del trabajo, exclamaba "mi justicia!" La respuesta habitual de mi madre era "Hice ____ para la cena." Pronto comprendí que "mi justicia", de acuerdo con el "evangelio" de Charlie Byrd, significaba "¿Qué hay para cenar?"Read more
The Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) is the representative body that brings together African Independent Churches (AICs), offers them a forum for sharing their concerns and hopes, and enables churches to minister effectively to the needs of their members and their communities.Read more