Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Top: Pastor Jack (our student now trusting God to do his DTS in January, though on outreach in Johannesburg right now) with two new Congolese friends we were able to encourage in the Lord--many Africans immigrate to Cape Town and then struggle to make a living
Left: Having some official "Fun Time" with the school after our Friday processing session
Happy Advent Season as we prepare once again to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Light of the World (Jn. 8:12). I am reminded of this verse as the local lady we have been training to facilitate simple church in her home in Overcome, Mama Mudi, shared this passage yesterday. Jesus speaks this truth so confidently to the religious leaders of the day, firm in his identity though many doubted him, and we as His Body are to also be the "light of the world" (Mt. 5:14), standing firm in this truth to drive out the darkness around us. Are we doing our part in the Church (which God, in His wisdom, commissioned for the task) to not shrink away but to believe that "He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world" (1Jn. 4:4)?
It was so great to see Mudi realize she can be a facilitator of opening up God's Word to the community, and she was so excited that she asked to be able to lead again next week. I was rejoicing as our whole goal in going to the community is to be able to train up a few men and women of peace and see them train others and multiply the simple church long after we are gone. There is still so much distrust among neighbors in the community and ongoing drug and gang-related violence, so that many youths are getting killed. Just before I shared at the local Church of the Nazarene we fellowship with in Overcome, one elder announced we would be praying for a member of the church who was directly affected by two youths getting shot that very morning (this last Sunday). Yet, our hope is so great as Christ's Body rise up in prayer and stand on His Word for their respective communities.
Top: Busi is always ready to go for another training hike in the beautiful Cape Peninsula Mountains! (We will be going up New Year's Eve day as a team to pray and give thanks to the Lord of all nations)
Bottom: Our South Sudan Outreach Team (see video)ready to go for our church planting mission among a neglected mountain people...
I (Bryan) had talked in our previous update about sending a video link of a recent edit of our Issore promo video, put together by our sister ministry Africom, which seeks to build better communication between our bases operating in Africa (a huge need). I believe it will give you more of an understanding of what our team will be doing in the upcoming 3-month outreach among the Lagot 'people of the mountain' (Acholi-speaking sub-tribe), as we partner with staff from YWAM Arua (north Uganda)...Here is the link on our YouTube channel:
[Note: I am not happy with the map I asked the team to insert, as Issore should be significantly to the East, though does accurately show its proximity to Uganda]
There is also a link to a short interview I did at the base I previously staffed at (YWAM Yei, South Sudan) while on our scouting trip in March this year, with the faithful primary school principal Lakuta:
PRAY with us for our final preparations as the school winds up, team-building times, finances for the two students to come in, and clarity on the Visas we need for Uganda and South Sudan.
We especially are asking prayers for Busi's health throughout, and God's grace upon her with the new, much more limiting diet (and for the whole team for that matter!)
Thandi and Busi are doing very well, and are able to take part in many of our school's activities (when it doesn't interfere with Busi's nap schedule:). She is such a curious little girl, always looking for something new to get her hands on! Thandi is getting more and more excited for the outreach ahead, and her first time to cross into Sudan, a nation (now two) God had put on her heart since 2003. She is also happy to spend our first Christmas here in Muizenberg with friends. This last weekend we hosted a multinational Thanksgiving/Christmas feast with four other couples, while Thandi and I introduced the concept of the White Elephant Party. It was a lot of fun.
Anyone that is interested to get online reading from YWAM around the world, the most recent issue is all about Reaching the Unreached (titled "First to the Last") and seeing Church Planting Movements take off in the Frontiers, which is exactly what our school is about, and our heart for this upcoming outreach as we partner with community development projects on the ground. Check out the articles at this link: http://internationalywamer.org/
Lastly, this was a very exciting news that you may have heard of back on November 11th concerning the coming together of the Church in Egypt like never before...[hope it is not too hard to read]...Keep praying for our brethren in the blessed land of Egypt!
MODERATOR’S NOTE: This was shared from a friend participating in this meeting in Egypt. If you remember, Global Prayer Digest focused on praying for the unreached peoples of Egypt last December! In that same month, over 100 prayerwalking teams also made their journeys throughout this land. January was the beginning of the “Arab Spring” starting here in this nation! What an amazing God we serve!
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"I saw signs of the beginning of revival that I have never seen before!" an Egyptian evangelical leader told us yesterday.
On 11.11.11, Egypt had a historic prayer meeting that we attended. It was amazing and we were so privileged to be there. Egyptian leaders are telling us there has been a significant spiritual "shift" in their country and we are trying to make sense of it all. I was privileged to here together with friends from Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and USA for this historic event.
Here's the skinny:
- 71,000 attended the all-night prayer meeting in Cario.
- It was the largest Christian event in Egypt for over a thousand years
- It was held at the cave church on Cairo's largest garbage city, Mokattam. This church is called St Simeon the Tanner Coptic Orthodox Church.
- The gospel was proclaimed during the Prayer event and some people responded to the challenge call to follow Jesus.
- Prayers for healing were made at midnight and some people were healed of physical problems.
- Since the event, one Egyptian Christian leader told us "The heavens are clean! It is easy to pray!" He calls it the beginning of revival.
- Up to a month ago, there was absolutely no promotion for this event. No flyers. In fact, the organizer was still undecided on whether to host it on Friday or Saturday.
- It was an Egyptian event. Buses took people to this event from all over Egypt. Our small group of foreigners were the only foreigners were saw, except for one English girl who recognized me. [That was strange]
- In September 2009, a prayer meeting was held in Egypt where the leaders, including the main organizer of this event, heard God say that President Mubarak would receive "no grace" in 2011. They also heard God tell them that there would be bloodshed, persecution and the burning of churches. But if God's people would come, and hear His voice, and repent, then He would hear their prayers.
- The passage on repentance that was referenced in the 2009 prayer meeting was the Bible passage read at the beginning of the prayer service. "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.2 Chronicles 7:14
- On 9th October, 2011, when many Coptic Christians were killed in Cairo, Christian leaders met for 3 days of prayer. During this time, they announced their intention of a prayer event for Egypt, which culminated in this event.
- Muslims joined Christians for prayer at this event and they were told by the Priest that they did not have to change their religion but they needed to know that there is one Saviour, Isa [Jesus Christ].
- Since the prayer meeting a few days ago, Cairo has experienced highly unusual rain, clouds, lightning and thunder during a month which normally gets only .15 cms of rain.
- In a decision by Pope Shenouda III the day before the meeting, evangelical leaders were banned from the stage. Dr Rev Sameh Maurice, Pastor of Cairo's largest evangelical church called Kasr El Dobara, was scheduled to lead prayer on the main stage but instead stood and prayed among the participators without complaining. This was the church that sold us the tickets to attend the prayer meeting.
- Last Wednesday, Father Simon, who started the cave church [The Monastery of St Simeon the Tanner], had a vision of a bright light and a mountain that was lifted up and removed. He was told to prophesy and heard God say that "you will hear wonderful news this year!"