Lectionary Selection: John 14:23-29
Prayers for Kenya:
Thank you, God, for modern day prophets like Rev. Dr. Timothy Njoya, his bruises and the humiliation he suffered have changed the political landscape of Kenya. We also want to pray for Kenya as we go through a drought this long rainy season. We especially want to pray for those who died because of lack of water and food in the Turkana region and other arid regions in Kenya. AmenRead more
The State of the Church for the sake of the NationRead more
On April 29th, Cyclone Kenneth touched down just six weeks after Cyclone Idai. Cyclone Idai displaced thousands and claimed the lives of almost 500 people in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Tropical Cyclone Kenneth has caused death and destruction in the Comoro Islands, Madagascar, Mozambique, and Tanzania. An estimated 38 people on Africa’s southeastern coast have died due to Cyclone Kenneth.Read more
Lectionary Selection: John: 20:19-31
Prayers for Kenya:
Lord, in our fear and despair, your comfort is always with your people in Kenya and the rest of the African continent. You always intervene in our difficult situations when we have no idea about what will happen.
Your presence is enough to heal the wounded hearts and make happy those who are sad. Help your people to move from unbelief and believe in your promises. When we are stuck by unbelief or doubt or even a sense of failure, the worst we can do is to seek solitude, to be alone with our doubts and worries.
Let not our faith depend on what we see. As a mother moves away from her little child to encourage her to walk, we believe that you left the disciples to learn to walk by faith. We also want this to be a reality for us today.
Whenever someone is saved, we know that Christ came out of the grave because it is Christ alone who can save a man. Whenever someone is transformed, that he/she leaves his/her old life, that he/she begins to walk according to the Word of God and in holiness, we know that Christ is risen because only Christ can transform a mankind and make him/her able to obey the command of God.Read more
Imagine a life very different from yours and mine. Imagine being a teenage girl living in an African nation that is beset with violence and extreme poverty. Your parents are good and loving people, but the circumstances of life are overwhelming.Read more
One of the aspects of Zambian worship, which has most struck me during my term of volunteer service here, has been the very rich musical life of the United Church of Zambia (UCZ).Read more
Planting trees has proven over time to have immense advantages ranging from its economic, environmental, and health benefits for individuals and the community at large. However, due to the realization of the concept of deforestation the earth has lost more than half of its natural trees.Read more
This newsletter shares stories about current students and students who have graduated from the medical program of Congo Protestant University. These students have received scholarships from the school and are making a difference. The newsletter also shares an update on a vehicle purchased for medical school interns visiting rural areas.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 15: 1-3, 11b-32
Prayers for Zambia:
O, Heavenly Father, we confess that, like the Prodigal Son, we are wanderers. We are always longing for something else. We seek novelty. We want something different, something exciting. Always we want more... more than we have, more than we need, more than our competitors, more than we deserve. You know our deep failings. Forgive us for taking advantage of your grace without real contrition. We know it is your nature to love and forgive and we are like wayward children. In the end, though, we know it is only your love that will satisfy and can restore us to health and life.
So, here we are to ask yet another favor. We ask for our friends, your servants in Zambia. Our lives here are precarious. There is so much sickness and suffering. Many people experience poverty and injustice and are in danger of losing hope, losing their way, falling from your strong arms. Today we beg for you to act on our cold, self-centered, and idolatrous hearts. Unworthy though we are, show us how we can reach out with greater love to the least of our sisters and brothers, your own family here. Show us the way home to the place where you reign and dispense real riches among us.
We ask these mercies in Jesus’ blessed name. AMEN.Read more