Mission Africa’s borders are expanding!
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people – the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you.
In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world – just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras, (or David, Daniel, Steve, Jane and many others in our terminology!) our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit (Col. 1:3-8)
Malawi and Tanzania
By God’s grace our work has extended way beyond anything we could have imagined when we set out thirteen years ago. We are now reaching out from our home base in Uganda to encompass Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Congo, Malawi and even expatriate African communities in Qatar! We are so grateful to the Lord and to you!
Our colleagues David Ballard and David Tucker have recently visited Malawi and Tanzania. They had long and difficult journeys to remote areas in both countries, but they discovered a huge hunger for the teaching that they brought. One of the pastors in Malawi has already taken the teaching he received into Mozambique, so the work is continuing to spread, just as Paul was clearly experiencing in the early church in the verses quoted above.
Mission to Nakaseke (9th – 15th September)
Our journey in Mission Africa started thirteen years ago at a school and orphanage in Butajunja an area in the middle of the bush seven miles from the small township of Nakaseke. This is where we are returning thirteen years later on the 9th September to conduct a week-long mission. In the meantime we have had the joy of seeing many tens of thousands come to Christ in in all these countries.
Pastor Daniel Kato, (who was still at school on our first trip in 2000 will be leading this mission. After graduating from university he worked for five years as the administrator of a Christian Secondary School in Nakaseke. He launched out as a full time evangelist at the beginning of this year and has been continuing to study theology in between all his mission work.
Nakaseke suffered hugely in the civil war that broke out after President Amin’s departure. Some of the buildings wrecked during those terrible years have still to be repaired. Mass graves can still be seen with the bones of those slaughtered.
We would be most grateful if you could take these challenges seriously and turn them into prayer!
- Witchcraft: The chairman of the local council has a large shrine next to his house.
Business people regularly use witchcraft both to protect themselves and sabotage others.
- Alcoholism is rife in this region. Many unemployed men can be seen sitting under trees drinking potent local brew (waragi).
- Incidents of sexual crimes and assault are on the increase.
- There has been a history of backsliding after previous crusades that other organisations have held in this region.
Mission Africa will be working with a team of thirteen local pastors led by our colleague
Pastor Fred Mudde.
- False prophets are on the rise. This is bringing confusion to the people.
- Jesus said that a prophet has no respect in his home area! Although living in Nakaseke, Daniel Kato is the Assistant pastor of a church in Kampala. This could potentially cause problems in terms of leading and organising the pastors. This is a real concern to Daniel. May no one look down on him for his age or experience (1 Tim. 4:12).
- Salvation, Healings, signs and wonders: For many to be saved, healed and delivered.
- Weather: Fine weather during the mission week would really help! As the season for planting crops is almost on us, please pray that people will not be hindered from attending.
- Addictions: For many to be set free from alcohol addiction.
- Pray for unity in the team: Because, unusually for us, this is the region where many of our team live there is the potential of domestic issues proving a distraction. Pray too for unity between the pastors to be greatly enhanced.
- Protection: For the spiritual and physical protection both of the team and their families.
- Nurture: For every soul that has been touched by the Lord to be properly nurtured and discipled.
That Daniel’s own presence (see above) will in no way prove an obstacle to God’s plans.
Thank you so much for all your amazing prayer, encouragement and support. None of all that we and so many others in our teams are doing now would be possible without it.