August is the month that was designated to Pray 'Round
Africa 2001 we would like to encourage you to ferverently
pray for the Salvation of Africa. The July/August issue
of The Commission will focus entirely on Africa. This
Prayer letter will have various suggestions as to the
goal of EVERY Christian in every nation praying
for their African Brothers and Sisters.
may be a little late for this, but the August 3 Prayer
Guides are available in Richmond. You may order as many
as you want from the Resource Center. email@example.com
Ask for: Pray 2001 Africa Prayer Guide You may also
call the IMB Resource Center at 1-800-866-3621
are still flyers and puzzles available also. Ask for:
Pray Round Africa Flyers; Pray Round Africa Puzzles
original video featuring Jenny Houser (missionary from
Nigeria) singing 'Behind the Wall' is
still available. You may order these also from the resource
may also order the new 27 minute video: Pray 'Round
Africa Yes! "Behind the Wall" from the resource
center. These are limited in quantity so they ask that
each church order only one.
forget to register your commitment to pray on August
3 online at http://www.2001Pray.org/commitment.htm
Please encourage your friends around the world to do
Thank you for your faithfulness to intercede for the
is prayer for Africa so important?
750 million people inhabit the continent.
About four-fifths of the African people are not affiliated
with a church
Many more Africans will die from other diseases, malnutrition,
Many Africans will die without ever knowing the love
Prayer is the most effective tool to combat lostness.
300 million Muslims live in Africa. Islam plays an
important role in the
political and cultural lives of the African peoples.
Health. In terms of health, more than half of the
continent still does
not have clean water, which makes life precarious
indeed in Africa. Many
children continue to die from curable ailments such
Malaria is a rising threat once again in Africa. According
to the World
Health Organization, "3000 children die every
day of malaria. Every year
there are about 300-500 million clinical cases of
malaria, 90 percent of
them occurring in Africa. This is above all the diseases
poor-killing the young and the weak mostly living
in rural areas in Sub
AIDS is now the leading cause of death in Africa,
overtaking malaria as
the continent's main killer disease. The United Nations
reports that the
AIDS epidemic was responsible for one in five of all
deaths in Africa last
year. Nowhere in the world has the impact of AIDS
been more devastating
than in Africa, where the UN estimates that more than
11 million people have
now died of the disease.
6,000 Africans die of AIDS everyday. By the year 2010,
at least 22
million Africans are expected to die of the disease.
ASK God to bring together Christians from around
the world who will
faithfully lift before the throne the needs of all of
Africa. Pray that the
millions of unreached will have the opportunity to know
CAN YOU PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF WEST AFRICA?
should be about 650 volunteers in West Africa praying
on August 3. We are hoping that many of you will join
and Pray 'Round Africa also.
that volunteers will experience God in a new way; that
they will gain greater insight into the needs of the
people. As volunteers come to Africa to intercede for
the Pray Round Africa emphasis, pray that the Father
will receive glory and His Kingdom be magnified among
those who have not yet responded.
the Father to identify those peoples or individuals
whose hearts He has prepared to receive the message
of eternal life. Pray that believers, both mission personnel
and Africans, will willingly accept the task of sharing
the Word of God through Bible storying.
that God will provide exactly what is needed to minister
to those who experience medical problems such as malaria,
malnutrition, AIDS, birth defects, and cancer. As caring
believers bring relief, ask the Father to give them
the opportunity to share the love and joy of salvation
thanks to the Father for the faithful African believers
who have a hunger to lead their own people to Christ.
Ask God to give them insight and discernment as they
share the life and light of Jesus with others.
that research will reveal those areas where there are
no Christians, where there is a need for discipleship
or leadership training. Ask the Father to reveal strategic
areas where He is at work and to call out laborers for
that the Jesus film and other forms of media will be
used to plant the gospel message in the hearts of the
people. Ask God to facilitate this work and make it
possible for every individual to hear the message of
salvation and have the opportunity to respond in faith
that the six Christians who attended the storying workshop
in Lome would be seeking opportunities to put into practice
what they learned there. Alhasan, Salamatou, Harouna,
Zakari, Daouda, and Rachida all have great potential
for reaching their neighbors and friends with this method
of evangelism. Pray that God would give them boldness
and perseverance in sharing the Good News.
for the Pastors in Niger as they seek to lead their
for the various projects we do in hopes of finding an
avenue we can share the gospel: wells, gardens, community
center, checking out music, storying or preaching cassettes,
showing the Jesus video, weighing babies, ministering
thorough various health ministries, storying, listening,
giving food, water, financial aid, rides, the pepper
the Lord for the Jesus video in Zarma. Praise the Lord
for the many that have seen the video. Pray that the
seeds that were planted would continue to grow in the
hearts of the people.
for rain - remember this is rainy season and without
rains these people will have a very hard time since
their very lives depend on what is grown in their fields.
you so much for your prayers. Next month we will send
the more familiar prayer letter.
Thank you for your prayers for the Guesthouse/Spiritual
retreat. As people were arriving - there was still some
work going on: like - installing toilets, mopping, painting,
putting beds together, - you know, some of the regular...
But everyone was very kind and it was a good retreat.
One wing was not finished, but thanks to the Wombles
loaning their home, there was room for everyone.
pray for Don and James Brown as they continue to work
on the Pepper project - James should be coming in September
to work on finalizing the plans.
for the Cains as they are on vacation traveling through
Burkina Faso and Ghana. They should be back July 23.
Pray also for the Ledlows who are also traveling though
various countries, hoping to take some much needed time
you for your prayers.