The hard work has been completed and the day of new beginnings came June 29 when the Evangelical Presbyterian Theological Seminary held its graduation celebration on the Green Hills campus in Peki.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 10:38-42
Prayers for Botswana:
You who are the Good Shepherd of your people, I pray for your people around the globe that they may experience your love and come to appreciate your abundance of peace and true justice. Oh Lord our Redeemer, this day I specifically pray for the people of Botswana and for our partners with Global Ministries.
I further pray, Oh Lord, that you will heal the people of this great nation and grant us peace and justice irrespective of race, ethnicity, or gender. Bestow upon us the recovery of right vision and foresight. Oh God, real solutions will only come as we the people of Botswana put our priorities in the right place and set our focus on you.
Therefore, may the Holy Spirit help us to be as Mary in our text who spent time in the presence of Jesus. Oh Lord, often we become so busy with our work and ministry that we neglect to spend quality time with you – the King of kings and the Lord of lords who, after all, is the very inspiration behind our service. Help us Holy Spirit to find the right balance between our work, ministry, and mission and not make excuses as to why we become easily distracted and as a result are troubled regarding many things!
Dear Lord, we humble ourselves before you and ask that you forgive us our transgressions and neglect of you. We ask O Lord, that the motives for everything we do be acceptable unto you, we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen!Read more
El que es enseñado en la palabra, haga partícipe de toda cosa buena al que lo instruye. Gálatas 6:6
Es una alegría servir en Zambia y enseñar en la Universidad de la Iglesia Unida de Zambia (IUZ). Algunos problemas crónicos me presentan retos: no hay conexión de internet confiable para las aulas, una biblioteca en necesidad, una copiadora antigua que no es confiable y un sistema de suministro de agua en descomposición; pero lo estamos logrando. Llegué el invierno pasado para enseñar historia de la iglesia, pero me reclutaron para enseñar historia de la iglesia africana, habilidades de investigación, teología y misionología. Mi esposa vino unos meses después para apoyar a la biblioteca de la universidad y ha encontrado otros desafíos en el laboratorio de computación y otras áreas.Read more
In mid-May I had the pleasure of traveling to Soweto, South Africa with members of Planning Commission of the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA) to assist with a Strategic Planning Workshop for church leaders and lay people in Gauteng Presbytery.Read more
One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. Galatians 6:6
It is such a joy to be serving in Zambia and teaching for the United Church of Zambia (UCZ) University. I am challenged by some chronic problems - no reliable Wi-Fi for the classrooms, a needy library, one old copier that is not dependable, and a decaying water supply system - but we are succeeding. I arrived last winter to teach church history but have been drafted to teach African church history, research skills, theology, and missiology. My wife came a few months later to support the university library and has found other challenges in the computer lab and in the stacks.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 8:26-39
Prayers for Zambia:
O, Heavenly Father, thank you for this wonderful story about Jesus healing a tortured soul. Even though most of us do not experience illness and psychological distress as “demons” anymore, the reality of such trials as these is ever present in our beloved Zambia. Children and adults here and everywhere continue to suffer the desolation and pain of mental illness. We, your creatures, Father, suffer so miserably from these afflictions. We pray for deliverance and restoration to health. We pray for all those to try to relieve this suffering. We pray for the caretakers. We pray for those who work to comfort and heal these brothers and sisters of ours. It is a hard vocation and we ask for your guidance and empowerment. Send us new hope. Restore and cleanse our own spirits. Put us all back in our “right” minds. Send us all out into our cities to, like the man whom Jesus cleansed, proclaim what Jesus has done and is doing for all of us. We ask all these mercies in Jesus’ name. Amen.Read more
After a lifetime spent in either the Northern Hemisphere or the tropics it seems a little odd to be commemorating Ascension Day and Pentecost as temperatures are getting cold. (And even if winter isn’t technically quite here yet in Lesotho, nor in its full fury, things have definitely shifted from cool to cold; most conversations pretty quickly include the phrase “Hoa bata,” (it’s cold) and the acknowledgment that winter is here.)Read more
Founded in 1979, Theological Education by Extension in Zambia (TEEZ) is an ecumenical program of nine churches aimed at providing extension-based theological training to church leaders and lay members in order “to prepare all God’s people for the work of Christian service” (Ephesians 4:12).TEEZ courses are taught by extension, which means the school goes to the students in their local setting instead of asking students to leave their ministry for training. This offers education at a lower financial cost and is a more effective use of time. Another asset of the TEEZ model is that the training is contextual because the students learn within their own ministry environment and context. Each year, TEEZ offers courses in all ten provinces of Zambia, including the most remote areas. More than 10,000 students study with TEEZ each year.Read more
Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa
Lectionary Selection: John 17:20-26
Prayers for Kenya:
Lord, we praise your name forever and ever. You are the Lord of Kenya. Jesus, we love you and we claim victory of the cross for Kenya. It is you that Kenya needs, it is you that Kenya loves and adores, you are the comforter, the perfect one. God, we pray that you wipe away the tears of Kenyans.
In its priority, Kenya wants to put you in the first place. Kenya finds its source and purpose in you. We seek the heart and the counsels of you in all that we do. We want to examine your Word and follow the direction of your mind, therefore prayer allows us to conform our will to yours.
People, after all, are one family called the Kenyan people and the Kenyan nation. They must learn to live, work together, and respect one another for the purpose of making Kenya a great nation.
We pray for Kenyans to maintain peace and love and to foster unity and harmony among themselves.
In the name of Jesus. AmenRead more