Below are messages I received on April 2-3, from Africans concerned about the lost in Africa based on reading Paul's message (Philippians 1) from a prison in Rome.
God continues to sustain us amidst the hopelessness of the situation around us. We too daily pray…that out of this, a gospel explosion will result. Many in Africa have resorted to…running to God more than ever before...with cries for prayer.
God willing, I hope to be given 30 minutes of free air on one of the Christian Radio stations in Kampala to give devotions and messages of encouragement. I thank God for such an opportunity even though I will have to walk for about 45 minutes before reaching the station due to a Government ban on movement. All the same I look forward to the opportunity and challenge.
- Executive Director Scripture Union Uganda
Over 1100 people from 36 nations across Africa observed a prayer moment on Friday 3rd April, 2020. With COVID-19 on the African continent, the question was - Shall we survive and where can we find help?
"I look to the mountains; where will my help come from? My help will come from the LORD who made heaven and earth." - Psalm 121:1&2 GNT
- from CEO Bible Society of Uganda
Thank you for having me and Sudan in your prayers. This shows me the oneness in God’s kingdom. I feel so encouraged when I read this message from you as brother in Christ. It’s also teaching me a lot especially when it come to our situation in Sudan. For people who are from different faith, it seems no one is caring for anyone. But in the kingdom of God we are more than friends, we are sisters and brothers. I am learning this reality from you.These verses has been theme in my life and it will be the theme of my life. Thank you for remembering me.
Pass my greetings to Suzanne, and all the prayer team. Tell them that I and my family in large are joining you in this prayer.
- from a Pastor
My day has been full. We lost a sister in Church due to lack of blood and moving the body at 6:30 PM in order to beat the curfew at 7:00 PM became tricky. We managed to take the body on a dumper truck and we shall bury tomorrow at 12:00 PM.
Otherwise there has never been a time when I have seen people thirst for the word of God like now. - From a pastor and regional leader
We need to seek God's hand for the rescue of his people. This is the time of people to remember their God. This is the time.
- From a pastor
We have opened up church platform to reach out those on social media and house fellowships. I thought of having a horn speaker which can cover all community with the gospel. From a pastor in a hard place.
- from a Pastor
Yesterday it become apparent to me that many of my people will come back from the crisis with no capital to fund their micro businesses which have been their livelihoods and this is going to be one of the biggest challenges of our time to get them going again through provision of the right business skills and funding. And we might just be the people God has been preparing for the work ahead.Thank you for your prayers, today I felt better and I keep steadfast in faith that God will make a way and He has better plans.
- From an entrepreneur
I thank God for you. I know there is someone out there holding me and others serving in the Lord's vineyard. Today I traveled with the Bible distribution Manager to a district 100 kilometers North of Gulu and distributed 745 Acholi Bibles. I also got a visitor from...45 minutes away and he asked to see me because he wanted to tell me the impact of the Audio Bible in his community, especially now during this crisis. I know you have a heart for Africa but I am also praying for the USA, the numbers on the news breaks our hearts but our hope is still in God our great deliverer. This too shall pass, Healing for the US.
- From a leader of trauma healing in Bible Society
Each month the General Secretary of Baptist Union of Uganda sends a video to pastors asking them to pray for specific things each month. His request is a good one for those of us looking for ways to pray during this time of COVID-19.
April 3, 2020 - African day of prayer
"The heart of man plans his way but the LORD establishes his steps." Proverbs 16:9 GNB
Most countries in Africa have begun draconian lockdown measures. Banning travel in vehicles with few exceptions. Food is being restocked but slowly. Those living hand to mouth are finding it harder and harder to find food or pay for food.
The United Bible Societies of Africa, the Baptist Union of Uganda and many other groups representing every country in Africa have called for prayer for Africa on April 3rd.
Please consider joining in prayer with the following suggested format:
In ten villages in five days in Uganda, we distributed 2,378 Bibles and trained 2,444 Christians to read God's Word.
February 15 - Weak but Strong in Christ
Morning Distribution - Bugubi, Uganda
In Bugobi, the church is packed. The roads here were a places impassable except for going around peoples property. This place was picked because it is very rural, away from towns, relatively weak and poor.
Morning Distribution - The road ends
Bukana Island Where the Road Ends
We travel over some of the roughest roads I have seen in a while to reach Bukana Island. While it is an island, only 6% of the people have access to safe water and one of the most dangerous places in Uganda to be a mother.
Bukana is on Lake Victoria and connected to the mainland via swampy marshes which a few years ago was reached by piling papyrus reeds on top of one another to walk. More recently a rocked road has been built to reach the island by car.
Morning Distribution - Mukaniro Christian Fellowship, Bwaniha, Uganda
Fellowship of Believers - The Church on Display
Pastor Wycliffe wanted to bring together as many denominations as possible to improve the fellowship among believers in this community. As we taught, the crowd grew and grew as we passed out 340 Bibles in three languages.
Today we were near the Kenya border occupied by the Japadhola tribe. The Japadhola Kingdom is fighting to keep their cultural dominance in the region. Last year, the President of Uganda visited and asked "that the Itesots and Japadhola live in harmony...(and) desist from dragging the ordinary people into their fights." No matter where the Japadhola live they are fiercely loyal to other tribe members.
SUPREME BEING - WERE
Their tradition assert that they have always believed in one Supreme Being called Were. He was believed to take care of the home and the family. Few Japadhola worship Were today. Some scholars believe they came from Egypt and are part of the Nilo-Hamite group (Ham, the 2nd son of Noah.)
Today was the first of five days distributing Bibles to the poor in areas near the Ugandan and Kenyan border. The pattern each day will be the same.
A team from the U. S. to help distribute 3,000 Bibles
On February 8th, we will leave to the USA to visit ten villages in rural Uganda. We will help our Uganda partners distribute over 3,000 Bibles to those who are thirsty for God's Word but cannot afford a Bible.
Hi, I'm Mike. We at the Africa Bible Project believe that Bibles are a necessary tool in the Life of every African Christian.
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