Lectionary Selection: Matt. 13:1-9, 18-23
Prayers for Kenya:
Almighty God, who shows love to all creation, we come before you in this very difficult time to ask for your mercy upon us. Matthew’s message to early believers was to comfort them in their faith and to give them boldness, knowing that a faithful life is always rewarded.
As we read the gospel of Matthew, we understand that soil represents those who hear the word and our hearts are the centers that embrace the good news. We fight against the devil who tries to distract us from listening and keeping your word in our hearts. We endure difficulties and persecution, but you always stand by our side.
Just as a planted seed starts to grow, your word does the same by taking root within our lives. Most of the time, our lives are not pleasing to you because we sometimes focus on things that distract us from following your ways. We humbly come before you to ask for forgiveness. The uncertain future due to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a life of despair and worry. We ask for your comfort as we seek ways to live with the pandemic since no solution has been found yet.
We come before you asking for intervention as the number of infected people is still growing in Kenya. We pray that your healing hand be upon those who are infected. We pray that an effective medicine to combat the sickness be speedily found. We pray for the relevant governments and health authorities, that they take appropriate steps for the good of the people. Look upon us in your mercy and forgive us our sins.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. AmenRead more
''For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29: 11)
We the Church in South Sudan are deeply saddened by the escalation of violence in nearly all the States of our country. We strongly deplore the increase loss of lives and destruction of properties of populations already impoverished by conflicts in the country. God is watching us and will hold us accountable for disrespecting and disregarding the sanctity of the gift of life.Read more
The South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) is an ecumenical body comprised of seven member churches and associate churches in South Sudan with a strong legacy of peace-building, reconciliation, and advocacy. The SSCC provides a platform to enhance the spirit of ecumenical cooperation towards collective action for peace.Read more
I am grateful to God for the opportunity given to me to share some of the highlights of the activities I organized for the first semester of this year 2020. As the head of the Department of Theology, Interfaith Relations and Ecclesial Leadership Development, I succeeded to organize several activities but also I participated in several meeting across the continent. In this Newsletter, I am going to give the highlight of few activities.Read more
In mid-March, Debbie and I spent three days in Accra, Ghana’s largest city and capital.Read more
The Executive Committee of the National Council of Churches of Kenya has held an Extra Ordinary meeting on a virtual platform to transact statutory business and reflect on matters of national concern. We recognize that the whole world is currently experiencing a great trial that is forcing us to change how we live and carry out our businesses. We appreciated that the Bible teaches us that with oneness, we shall overcome the challenge we are facing, as we read in Jeremiah 32: 38 – 39
They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them.
With this in mind, we wish to share the following message with all Kenyans.Read more
While the social actors and churches were mobilized to work hard for preventing the population against COVID-19 (which is reported in Kinshasa from March 10th, 2020); another new bad news has suddenly sounded like a clap of thunder: the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Mbandaka.Read more
This is a question that I have been asking myself a lot these days. When I reflect on how much life has changed in the past 3 months it‘s a little daunting to think about. What used to be “routine” has changed. We have now created new routines.Read more
Lesotho was the last country in Africa to have a confirmed case of COVID-19, on May 12th, and, as of May 25th, it still only has two confirmed cases. Interestingly, within those dates, Lesotho also saw its Prime Minister resign and be replaced, and the country (largely) emerged from a six-week lockdown, so it has been an eventful month, to say the least.Read more