Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Africa Network of Prayer


My wife and I feel very privileged to work with the Africa Region. This is an especially busy time for us as we travel from one area of this huge continent to the other. From the end of May through June 26th, we participate in three sub-regional conferences. The first one was last week in South Africa for the South/Central Sub region. The other two are coming up in this month: June 13-17 in Nairobi, Kenya for East Africa and June 20-24 in Accra, Ghana for West Africa.

Pray for the national churches in these three sub regions of Africa. They are gathering together their Africa Regional Missions offerings that supports our Africa Regional Missionaries. We presently have two families under appointment and very much need to reach out to other countries that do not have a UPCI voice. That requires everyone doing what he or she can and working together.

Pray for our Regional Missionaries, Bro. & Sis. Peter Mua in Equatorial Guinea.

Pray for our Regional Missionaries, Brother Gistophe and Sister Clarisse in Congo.

Pray for Regional Missionary Cezar Moraes and his family from Brazil who work with the church in Mozambique. Bro. Vagner Moraes and his wife are also working with his parents. Congratulations to Bro. Vagner and Sis. Teresa on the birth of their first child-a beautiful baby girl born in May.

The recent sub regional conference for South/Central Africa was great. The conference was held near Johannesburg, South Africa. There were seventy to seventy-five leaders present from nine countries in the sub region. Much was accomplished in planning the fulfillment of the Africa Region Vision. We are committed to establishing a United Pentecostal Church in every nation and to see the continued growth of each of them. Pastor David Wright, Annapolis, MD, USA blessed the leaders with his anointed preaching. Bro. Nick Sisco, GATS coordinator for the Africa Region, was also present for the entire sub regional conference. He did an outstanding job of presenting the GATS program and explaining its benefits. This will bless every country of Africa and in this sub-region almost every country is already a member nation. The others are in the process. He was able to spend time with leadership from each country to answer questions and to help them to better understand how they can improve their Bible Schools and align it with the Global Association of Theological Studies.

Thank you for your continued prayer support,
Jerry R. Richardson
Regional Director, Africa Region

Calendar of Events

4 June LIBERIA Apostolic Man's Ministry Workshop, Apostolic Praise
3-4 June ZIMBABWE Ladies Conference in Matebeleland Section
4-7 June UGANDA Northern Kyoga Conference
4-8 June MALAWI Regional Director and wife visit along with Pastor Gary Keller
5 June LIBERIA National Ladies Fund Raising Program, Section IV
5 June MALAWI Big Sunday in Blantyre
5 June NIGERIA New Church Dedication in Benin City
6-12 June GHANA Pentecost Week
6-19 June LIBERIA Regional Visitation, Sinoe County
8 June UGANDA Mt. Elgon Conference
9-11 June KENYA East Africa Faculty Improvement Seminar-Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Madagascar
9-12 June UGANDA Rwenzori Regional Conference & General Board Meeting
9-12 June KENYA South Rift Region Pastors Seminar at Kaptele
9-26 June MALAWI Regional Ladies Conferences
10-11 June ZAMBIA National Ladies Conference (Speaker: Sis Vickie Richardson)
11 June ZIMBABWE Bible College Graduation
12 June LIBERIA Pastor Anniversary, New Life UPC
12 June LIBERIA Honoring Program, Section I
13-17 June EAST AFRICA East Africa Sub Regional Conference in Nairobi
14 June GLOBAL Focused prayer for the French-speaking countries worldwide
15-17 June SOUTH AFRICA Southern District Youth Conference in Cape Town
17-18 June CONGO (Brazzaville) Ladies Convention in Talangi
17-19 June KENYA Nairobi Region Pastors Seminar
18 June GHANA Bible School Graduation
18-26 June MALAWI America Youth Corp
19 June LIBERIA Sectional Fellowship, Sectional III
20-24 June WEST AFRICA West Africa Sub Regional Conference in Accra, Ghana
22-25 June LIBERIA Apostolic Men Revival, Section IV
23-26 June MALAWI National Ladies Conference in Blantyre
23-29 June LIBERIA Fast and Prayer/Revival, Zion UPC, Section IV
24-26 June SOUTH AFRICA Central District Youth Conf.
24-26 June ZIMBABWE Regional Conference in Binga
24-26 June MALAWI AYC Crusade in Matindi village
24-26 June ZIMBABWE Matebeleland (North) Conference
25 June CONGO (Brazzaville) First Prayer Ministery in Quenzé
26 June LIBERIA National Ladies Fund Raising Program
26 June KENYA Meru Church Dedication
28-29 June MADAGASCAR Regions B & F Ministers Conference in Moramanga & Tsiroanomandidy
29 Jun-3 Jul MADAGASCAR Regions B & F Conferences in Moramanga & Tsiroanomandidy

Special Prayer Requests

The city has not yet completely calmed down. Hundreds of students have been protesting, and police were out in the streets of downtown shooting guns. No one was injured or killed, but we need the peace of God to rest upon Burkina Faso.

On June 3rd, a special day of prayer and fasting is being set aside for God to guide us and provide the best property for Bible school/Head Quarters in Bujumbura. We will appreciate all the prayers that are offered to the Lord for this important decision and purchase.

We are busy making preparations for AYC's upcoming visit to Malawi on June 18-26. We are praying for a week of impartation between the youth of America and the youth of Malawi. Pray for their safe arrival, as well as several important services they will be apart of.

We are excited about the church that has been built in Benin City. The dedication of this is June 5th. Missionary Sim Strickland (Greece) will be in attendance as this is a church plant from a convert he made in Greece. Also, June 9-12 will be a non-demoninational prayer conference and crusade in Enugu. Missionary Gerry McLean has been asked to speak to ministers in the day sessions and also to preach one of the evening services. Pray that God will use him in a special way.

Regional youth conferences will be held throughout the country during the school break in June. Pray for the young people of Tanzania.

Praise Reports

Several pastors we have been in contact with have shown interest in working with us. We have begun to baptize and to focus especially on doctrinal training.

Eight were baptized in Banga Bakandu. Seven received the Holy Ghost in Mile 16 town. Three received the Holy Ghost in Buea Town.

We give praise to the Lord Jesus for the 27 preachers and church workers who attended a recent three-day leadership seminar. All are excited to go forward!

During the District Ladies Conference in Kasungu, 48 ladies received the Holy Ghost. Also in a village service, six received the Holy Ghost. The headquarters church has been over 100 in attendance each Sunday for a month.

We have finally received a clear title on the church property in Dar es Salaam and construction has started. Thank you for your prayers.

Recently, Missionary Gary Abernathy along with guest speakers, Rev. Jonathan Arneault (Gulf Breeze, FL) and David Geri (Pensacola, FL) traveled to a rural area, Lukwipa. We want to praise God for the seven (7) who received the Holy Ghost during that day of services!

In a new work, ten (10) were baptized. In Cowdray Park, five (5) were baptized, and three (3) were baptized at Matopos Rd Church, Bulawayo during the month of May. Sis. Dorothy Edwards reports: We have started a Junior Club every Friday afternoon. On May 1st, we had over 80 children (ages 4 to 12 years old) just from this local neighborhood. We thank the Lord for this and pray this will increase as time goes by.

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