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Here’s what we’re contending for in Africa…

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Why does a young father dedicate his life to rescuing women off the streets? Why does a busy mother of three start a school in the middle of a slum? Why does a widow dedicate her life to caring for orphans? Why does an educated man work diligently to care for lepers? Why does a successful US businessman use his hard-earned money to help build dorms for orphans in Congo?  Why does a group of US men and women go to Africa to work with traumatized children?  Why? The answer lies in the truths of God’s Word!  James 1:27 says “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”

Recent studies indicate that 85% of churches in the world are led by individuals who have no formal training in ministry. To these statistics, Paul’s words in Romans speak, “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” (Romans 10:14)

It is to this work that Christ has called the global church - “to equip God’s people to do his work.” (Ephesians 4:12) Across Africa, we have labored to equip men and women, local church leaders and pastors with the Word of God. They desire knowledge of the Scriptures along with a biblical approach to the many facets of ministry – church organization, financial transparency, the emotional health of their members and care for the widows and orphans.

To what end?

We are walking alongside these men and women, discipling, mentoring, and teaching them, so that as the Word of God matures them, they build thriving communities, pointing others to Christ. Here is the good news: we are not alone in this work! Every one of the pastors and church leaders in our courses are contending with us toward maturity – not just their own but for others around them! For almost 20 years, we have helped equip leaders who are maturing in their faith and growing their impact.

We have seen communities where police and government officials in a war zone learn how to work with traumatized children. We know a community where the local chief, the Muslim Iman, and the local pastor worked with the government to build and maintain a clean water well during an Ebola outbreak. We’ve celebrated with a group of students who has graduated with a new study Bible and the Word of God buried in their hearts as they go to pastor the churches they have been called to.

And in each of these solutions, these leaders push back against statistics like 85% of leaders have no formal training. They have become a part of the solution. They have partnered with friends across the United States who are pursuing the maturity of the saints. Together, we are the global church. Contending with Jude, for the faith God has entrusted to us.

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October 2018 Prayer Calendar

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"We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force that can move the Heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth." - Andrew Murray

Mon 1- Please pray for those at risk of contracting the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Country Director Denis Hangi asks us to please remember those brothers and sisters who are suffering with the disease or mourning the loss of loved ones due to this virus. 

Tue 2- Pray for Allan Knowles, Country Director for South Africa, as he visits and ministers in the US this month. 

Wed 3- Pray for Jonathan Titus-Williams, Sierra Leone Country Director, as he has been ill this past month. Pray also for comfort as he mourns the loss of his brother-in-law.

Thu 4- Pray for peace in South Sudan! Pray for classes which continue in areas of great instability inside South Sudan. Pray for safety for our teachers and students as they gather to meet and learn the Word of God. 

Fri 5- Praise God for the Spread The Word Golf Tournament which took place mid-September!  Funds raised through this event will equip church leaders in Africa with local-language Bibles! 

Sat 6- Pray for Uganda Country Director Geoffrey Ocan. Geoffrey has a board meeting this month to do strategic planning; thinking through the next few years. Pray for encouragement and patience and that the Lord would bless their plans.

Sun 7- Pray for Mezack Nkundabantu, Country Director for Rwanda and Burundi, as he travels home after visiting family and friends in the Stat

 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossian 4:2 NIV

Mon 8- Pray for Tito Oturo, Country Director for Sudan & South Sudan, as he prepares to host a child trauma-healing workshop in December. 

Tue 9- Praise God for our impact partner The Mocha Club and the artists who share our work in Africa with their audiences.  Please pray for God to increase our Mocha Club membership so that we can continue to support our partners throughout Africa. 

Wed 10- Praise God for the recent report of a young girl who went through the children's trauma-healing program in Congo in 2015 and is now teaching Sunday School in her church and sharing her testimony of healing! 

Thu 11- Pray for Jonathan Titus-Williams, Country Director in Sierra Leone, as he serves the teachers and students of our program there. Pray for him and his wife Marian to recieve visas in order to visit their children who are students in the US. Pray also that the Lord will provide the funds needed for their son's education! 

Fri 12- Pray for Country Director Asrat as he balances a rapidly growing program in Ethiopia. Pray for his local Board, that they would be the support he needs in this busy time. 

Sat 13- Praise God for our Board of Directors who generously invest in this ministry with their time, talent and treasures! Pray for them as they gather for their quarterly meeting today. Pray with and for them as they are praying through and voting on our 2019 ministry plans.

Sun 14- Pray for the men and women who are part of our two-year theological education program. Pray for endurance to finish well and for God to use them mightily in their communities.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” 1 John 5:14 NIV

Mon 15- Pray for Tito, our Sudan/South Sudan Country Director as he serves the men and women taking part in our theological education program while living in refugee resettlement areas in Northern Uganda. 

Tue 16- Leonard Chipangano, Country Director in Malawi, is planning to begin a new round of Handbook classes this fall. Pray for the two teachers and their students, that their eyes would be open to the ways God wants to use them in their communities.

Wed 17- Pray for Denis Hangi's preparations for a lay trauma workshop with some of his teachers in Congo. Pray for Denis and Mezack Nkundabantu as they will be teaching the material for the first time.

Thu 18- Pray for Mezack NkundabantuCountry Director for Rwanda and Burundi, as he seeks to find some much needed help for his ministry.  Pray that God will reveal who He has for this position! Pray for safe travels for Mezack as he visits students and teachers in Burundi this month.  Pray that the students and teachers would be encouraged by their time with him. 

Fri 19- Please pray for the staff at the Flame of Love orphanage in Goma, Congo as they love and care for the children. Pray for healing for Sister Alvera, director of the orphanage, as she is treated for cancer far from home in Italy. 

Sat 20- Pray for the Women at Risk program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Pray that the women who are part of this vital program will know the restoration that comes through a relationship with Jesus.  

Sun 21- Praise the Lord for the many men and women interested in participating in our theological education program in Sierra Leone! Pray that the leadership team there is able to meet the needs of these prospective students. 

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this is mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18 NIV

Mon 22- Pray with and for Leonard Chipangano, Country Director for Malawi, as he continues to be in need of a new vehicle after an accident last year which left his totaled.  

Tue 23- Pray for the local Board of Directors in DRC.  This Board is working to register their organization nationally. Pray for wisdom and discernment as they work to finalize their governing policies and register with the national authorities. Pray for God’s favor on their work.

Wed 24- Pray for the women and children who are taking part in our trauma-healing programs. Pray for those who have been through the program, that they would continue down the path of healing. 

Thu 25- Pray for success in the growth of New Dawn Mentorship Ltd. (formerly New Dawn Children’s Abstinence Program). This program aspires to expand its operation in ways that will generate income that would provide financial subsidy for the operations of the New Dawn Educational Centre.

Fri 26- Pray for Denis Hangi, Country Director in DRC, as he continues to serve the men and women in our theological education and trauma-healing programs there. Pray too that God would provide the funds to repair the roof of his church building.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

Sat 27- Pray for Action Ministry and all the ways Peter Ochiel, along with his staff and volunteers, minister in their community. Pray for the funding of the new school building project. 

Sun 28- Geoffrey Ocan (Uganda), Tito Oturo (South Sudan), and 13 of Tito’s teachers will be at a lay trauma workshop from Oct 29 - Nov 2. Pray for Geoffrey & Tito as they are teaching; for energy to engage day after day and for the teachers as they go through this material for the first time.

Mon 29- Pray for God’s guidance and provision for our ministry plans for 2019. 

Tue 30- Pray for the local Board of Directors in Rwanda as they finalize their registration with the Rwandan government. Requirements for non profit organizations to register are more here than in other countries. Pray as this Board prepares their documents and showcases their vision that the government will be favorable.  

Wed 31- Pray for the alumni of our education programs (theological, community development, trauma-healing) to continue to be agents of change and transformation in their communities.

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This is the Global Church in Congo

Meet Denis. He is one example of the powerful impact of this global community you are a part of. For the last 20 years, he has worked to grow the church in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Amidst war, chaos, and trauma, he remains unwavering in his commitment to affect real and sustainable change in his corner of the world.

He is passionately playing the part God uniquely made and gifted him to play. And seeing him at work is a magnificent display of the splendor of his Creator. Denis is a wonderful example of this community of believers that leverages who we are, gives what we have, uses what we know and learns what we don’t to leave a lasting impact.

Thank you for walking alongside men and women like Denis. There are many roles in this Body of Christ and we couldn’t display His splendor without you. As Denis so fiercely states: “We have to help the others. We have to work for the others who do not know.”

Thank you for helping Denis and others like him work for those who do not know.

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The Role You Play is Vital to the Global Church

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At African Leadership, we believe you are one of the greatest resources to building the Kingdom of God here on earth. You have assets that no one else does. The things you’ve learned, the things you love, and the experiences you’ve had are all resources you can use to better the world around you. We’ve seen individuals just like you transform their communities and create lasting impact. And we believe that the more members of the Body of Christ who are willing to be a part of this community, the bigger the reach of real and sustainable change we can affect across Africa.

Paul states this clearly in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. In verse 27 he says “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” You have gifts no one else has; they set you apart. So in order to better this world, we need you – all the gifts you bring to help make this world a better place. We’ve seen this truth modeled across Africa; when individuals come together and are willing to be generous with what they know and what skills they have to offer, it betters their community and deepens their relationships.

At African Leadership, we value your perspective and invite your involvement. We believe collaboration, diversity, and dignity in all our relationships will produce the fruit we wish to see in the world. So we leverage who we are, give what we have, use what we know and learn what we don’t to leave a lasting impact. At our core, we seek to love others because of how we have been loved. For the love of Christ compels us… Loved people love people.

Will you leverage yourself for our community?

We want to learn more about you and your unique value! If you fill out the following survey, we can update you on places and opportunities we learn about where you can use your skills to better the world. And we’d love to send you a free magnet so don’t forget to include your mailing address! Don’t worry, we’ll take care not to barrage your inbox or mailbox!

Take our short survey here!

 

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September 2018 Prayer Calendar

"We are to pray in times of adversity, lest we become faithless and unbelieving. We are to pray in times of prosperity, lest we become boastful and proud. We are to pray in times of danger, lest we become fearful and doubting. We are to pray in times of security, lest we become self-sufficient." - Reverend Billy Graham

Sat 1- Pray for African Leadership's president, Emily Blackledge and her travel companion Kara Gause as they travel home from Ethiopia. Pray for a sweet reunion with their families and please pray against jet- lag!

Sun 2- Pray for Mezack Nkundabantu, Country Director for Rwanda and Burundi, as he travels back to Iowa after spending two weeks away from his family preaching in several churches. Pray for his time with his new grandbaby twins…

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When Africa comes to Nashville

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A team of five volunteers made a 25-hour trek to Nairobi, Kenya on Friday, August 3rd. For three of them, this was their first time to travel to Africa with our impact partner, Mocha Club. Their purpose was two-fold: to use their assets – their love, their experience organizing fundraising races here in the US, and their capacity to care well for others; and to learn from the ingenuity, the solutions, and the ongoing stamina of the leaders we walk alongside in Africa.

They stopped first in Mombasa, Kenya. This huge port town on the edge of the Indian Ocean is a major stop for many wealthy tourists in Africa. But it’s also the home of one of the world’s largest and last leprosy camps. We’ve shared a bit about Peter Ochiel, but these members wanted to see first-hand what it looks like to love and care for individuals rejected by their communities and ostracized because of a curable disease. They visited homes, they removed parasites from children’s hands and feet, they laughed and shared meals with the staff and families who give their whole lives in this corner of the world.

Next, they moved to the Huruma slum to spend three days with Irene Tongoi. Many of these team members have helped organize a fundraising race here in the US to support the work Irene is doing in the New Dawn school. As she and her staff prepared for the second annual running in Nairobi, she prayed God would send her additional help and encouragement in the final few days. That help came in the shape of these members, several of whom knew exactly what it looked like to throw a race like this. Their contribution of organization, encouragement, and passion helped make this race highly successful.

When these volunteers got back, they organized a time to share about their trip – and Peter Ochiel was in town – so it was a reunion of sorts. While they were together, we circled back to their original purpose: in what ways had their gifts been helpful in Kenya? Peter’s reply was encouragement. Their presence was seen in this community as such an honor. Their love and encouragement and willingness to touch the skin of an outcast brought joy, and laughter, and dignity. Their touch was a tangible expression of the hours of work Peter puts in every month. As to what they learned, Kathryn mentioned how simple an act it was to engage and ask questions about someone’s story — but also how profound. Fallon nodded her head and added “it’s so simple to give the love I have to another.”

Success was experienced by them all. Community – a sense of belonging and being known, a place where the pronouns used are “we” — was deepened.

Read more from these members and see their trip in pictures here.

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How your love stretches all the way to Kenya

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Thirty-two years ago, with 3 young children in tow, Irene started attending a new church in an affluent part of downtown Nairobi. Surrounded by international consulates, embassies and ambassador residences, this church offered Irene a sense of security as she sought to minister to the affluent neighborhood. But soon, she discovered the other side of the hill.

Tucked behind the embassies and gated homes was a pitted, dirt road with a gate – not to keep people out, but to keep the slum dwellers in – trapped in lives of extreme poverty, ostracized from the opulence around them. It would be several years later that Irene would choose to step past the gate and enter their world of extreme poverty. What she discovered was cycles of poverty and powerlessness which cemented their feelings of hopelessness. She quickly realized the value of her degree in Education and knew she had to act.

This was the beginning of the New Dawn Educational Center – a secondary school for children in the slum who otherwise would be forced to end their education after primary school. Since the founding in 2002, Irene has been the chief champion for nearly 400 students who have walked the halls of this high school. When we asked her why she said “Christ’s love compels me to make the most of the time I have here on earth – it is awfully short and people are desperately in need of love! I felt compelled to show this love of God practically to the people of Huruma whose lives spoke of a people who had reason not to believe in a loving God.”

Irene goes on to say “Not all human needs require financial solutions; God provides us all that we need to create solutions that witness to His love, forgiveness, and material provision for the nations. He raises us for such a time as this.”

When we asked her how you can continue to help, Irene’s reply was “you can help me do this better by praying for me to overcome my inner limitations. You can come here and help me love on the New Dawn community. We love each other better by genuinely caring – this is demonstrated through giving time to each other and sharing material things.” We couldn’t agree more! Check out how these US partners are choosing to love Irene in person this month.


Throughout the rest of the year, we’ll be showcasing the ways we see loved people love people across our network. We’d love to hear from you! Why do you give or volunteer? How have you been loved? Share your story with us on our Facebook page or hashtag #lovedpeoplelovepeople and we’ll send you an African Leadership magnet!


 

 

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August 2018 Prayer Calendar

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“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado

Wed 1- Pray for Mezack Nkundabantu, Country Director for Rwanda and Burundi, as he and his wife Helene travel to the US to meet their newborn twin grandbabies! Pray for traveling mercies and a sweet time with family!

Thu 2- Pray for the men and women who are part of our two-year theological education program. Pray for endurance to finish well and for God to use them mightily in their communities

Fri 3- Pray for the Mocha Club team departing today on their Journey to Kenya. Pray for their time visiting and encouraging Peter Ochiel at Action Ministries and Irene Tongoi at New Dawn Educational Centre. 

Sat 4- Pray for Tito, our Sudan/South Sudan Country Director as he serves the men and women taking part in our theological education program while living in refugee resettlement areas in Northern Uganda. 

Sun 5- Praise God for rain in Cape Town South Africa!  Please continue to pray for rain as the drought has been severe! 

Mon 6- Pray for our Country Director in Uganda Geoffrey Ocan, as he continues to experience pain after breaking his leg.  Please pray for healing!  

Tue 7- Pray for Peter Ochiel and his wife Nancy as they travel to the US. Pray for them and their children while they are apart for this extended time.  

“I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.” Romans 15:30 NIV

Wed 8- Pray for Leonard Chipangano, Country Director in Malawi. Please pray for a vehicle for him as his was totaled in an accident last year.  Pray also for God's guidance in his search for a stable office location.

Thu 9- Pray for Allan Knowles, Country Director for South Africa, as he continues to disciple his students through our two-year theological education program. Pray for Allan as he ministers in an older church that asked for his assistance refocusing on evangelism and discipleship.

Fri 10- Pray for the staff and students at the New Dawn Educational Centre in the Huruma slum outside of Nairobi, Kenya.  Pray for a successful fundraising event, the Run for Hope, taking place tomorrow. 

Sat 11- Pray for Jonathan Titus-Williams, Country Director in Sierra Leone, as he serves the teachers and students of our program there. Pray for him and his wife Marian to recieve visas in order to visit their children who are students in the US. 

Sun 12- Please pray traveling mercies for the Mocha Club team as they return from their journey to Kenya.  

Mon 13- Pray for the local Board of Directors in DRC.  This Board is working to register their organization nationally. Pray for wisdom and discernment as they work to finalize their governing policies and register with the national authorities. Pray for God’s favor on their work.

Tue 14- Pray for Country Director Asrat as he balances a rapidly growing program in Ethiopia. Pray for his local Board, that they would be the support he needs in this busy time. 

“So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of His call. May He give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.”

1 Thessalonians 1:11 NLT

Wed 15- Praise God for the Spread The Word program which raises support to equip church leaders in Africa with local-language Study Bibles. Please pray for those who are busy planning this year's fundraising events, the Bible Banquet on August 30 & the Golf Tournament on September 18. 

Thu 16- Pray for Action Ministry and all the ways Peter Ochiel, along with his staff and volunteers, minister in their community. Pray for the funding of the new school building project. 

Fri 17- Pray for the local Board of Directors in Rwanda as they finalize their registration with the Rwandan government. Requirements for non profit organizations to register are more here than in other countries. Pray as this Board prepares their documents and showcases their vision that the government will be favorable. Pray also for Pastor Mezack as he works to find additional staff in Rwanda. He desperately needs help and is seeking God’s wisdom to find the right people. 

Sat 18- Praise God for our impact partner The Mocha Club and the artists who share our work in Africa with their audiences.  Please pray for God to increase our Mocha Club membership so that we can continue to support our partners throughout Africa. 

Sun 19- Pray for Denis Hangi, Country Director in DRC, as he continues to serve the men and women in our theological education and trauma-healing programs there. Pray too that God would provide the funds to repair the roof of his church building.

Mon 20- Pray for the Women at Risk program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Pray that the women who are part of this vital program will know the restoration that comes through a relationship with Jesus.   

Tue 21- Pray for Tito, Country Director for Sudan & South Sudan, as he prepares to host a child trauma-healing workshop later this year. 

“So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you.  We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.”

Colossians 1:9-10 NLT 

Wed 22- Please pray for the Spread The Word Bible Banquet taking place on Thursday, August 30.  Pray the Lord brings those who will be inspired to help equip church leaders in Africa with local-language Bibles.  

Thu 23- Please pray for the staff at the Flame of Love orphanage in Goma, Congo as they love and care for the children. Pray for healing for Sister Alvera, director of the orphanage, as she is treated for cancer far from home in Italy. 

Fri 24- Pray for peace in South Sudan! Pray for classes which continue in areas of great instability inside South Sudan. Pray for our teachers and students as they gather to meet and learn the Word of God. 

Sat 25- Pray for our team traveling to Ethiopia to take part in a trauma-healing workshop.  Pray for traveling mercies and that God will work mightily in and through them during their time there.  

Sun 26- Pray for the trauma-healing workshop that will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia beginning tomorrow morning.  More than twenty women from all around Ethiopia have gathered for the 3rd phase of this program.  Pray for each of them and their families throughout this week. 

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep praying for all the Lord’s people.”

Ephesians 6:18 NIV

Mon 27- Praise God for our Board of Directors who generously invest in this ministry with their time, talent and treasures! 

Tue 28- Pray for the women and children who are taking part in trauma-healing programs. Pray for those who have been through the program, that they would continue down the path of healing. 

Wed 29- Pray for the alumni of our education programs (theological, community development, trauma-healing) to continue to be agents of change and transformation in their communities.

Thu 30- Pray for each of our Country Directors as they work diligently to complete their 2019 strategic plans. May God guide and direct them in their planning!

Fri 31- Please pray for our US staff to continue to seek to glorify God with the gifts and abilities He has given us to do this work! 

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“I can become an agent of change…”

Take a ride with Tito to hear why he does what he does.

"I love training men and women especially in the area of family life. I want to see them in their family life, growing in the word of God. I want to see leaders stand firm and preaching the word of God with passion.”


Tito is our South Sudan Country Director. Although he has spent most of his life surrounded by war, Tito maintains an incredible capacity to love others. Here he explains what compels him to do so. 

“We are truly the generation that can make history and it starts with us leading the way by not being selfish. The more you empower others and embrace team and mentoring – I guarantee, you will manifest more opportunity than you can handle.” Gerard Adams

Fifteen years after hearing this, Gerard Adams’ message still rings in my head. I know with the knowledge God has given me I can become an agent of change. I know church leaders can be the source of hope and peace for my country.

As a college student in Kenya, I would periodically go back to South Sudan. I saw church leaders waiting for relief, waiting for someone else to make a difference – this I strongly disagreed with. Our motivation is supposed to be the love of God, but people were waiting to be given rather than giving. That was the state of the church I wanted to see transformed.

This compels me to be part of changing the situation.

I realized that sharing Christ through your own life, way of living, what you do, your business – in relation to all the difficulties South Sudanese are going through at the camps and villages, you can still be able to give hope. If you do this with integrity, peace can be realized in our communities, churches, and the country at large.

It is all the product of love.

The money you give in love has an effect. That is what enabled us to train about 4,000 church leaders since 2004 from all over South Sudan and refugee camps in Uganda. I can now see the church becoming a different ministry that focuses on actively building the Kingdom of God in South Sudan.


Throughout the rest of the year, we’ll be showcasing the ways we see loved people love people across our network. We’d love to hear from you! Why do you give or volunteer? How have you been loved? Share your story with us on our Facebook page or hashtag #lovedpeoplelovepeople and we’ll send you an African Leadership magnet!

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July 2018 Prayer Calendar

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“Four things let us keep in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, and God delivers by prayer.” – E.M. Bounds

Sun 1- Praise God for the 15th wedding anniversay of Asrat & Edlam!  Asrat is our Country Director in Ethiopia.  He is a faithful servant-leader and his wife Edlam is a great support to him!

Mon 2- Praise God for our impact partner The Mocha Club and the artists who share our work in Africa with their audiences.  Please pray for God to increase our Mocha Club membership so that we can continue to support our partners throughout Africa. 

Tue 3- Pray for Mezack Nkundabantu, Country Director for Rwanda and Burundi. As the government continues to close churches that don’t meet strict codes, Mezack and his church are working diligently to try to finish their new building so they don’t have to stop meeting! Pray for favor with the government and resources and weather to push them along.

Wed 4- Pray for Sudan/South Sudan Country Director Tito and his family as they prepare to move into a new home. Pray God brings the perfect house and that it can settle this family into a season of planting roots which they haven't had as a family in the last 10 years. 

Thu 5- A drought in the Western Cape province of South Africa began in 2015 and is resulting in a severe water shortage in the region, most notably affecting the city of Cape Town. Please pray for sustained rains in this region! Pray also for the country as it remains in political turmoil and there are daily riots and protests. 

Fri 6- Pray for the staff and students at the New Dawn Educational Centre in the Huruma slum outside of Nairobi, Kenya.  Pray for the team as they plan the 2nd Annual Run for Hope scheduled for August 11. 

Sat 7- As we begin our 2019 strategic planning season, please pray that God will give our African country leadership, our Boards around the continent and our staff and Board here discernment and direction.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18 NIV

Sun 8- Pray for the local Board of Directors in Rwanda as they finalize their registration with the Rwandan government. Requirements for non profit organizations to register are more here than in other countries. Pray as this Board prepares their documents and showcases their vision that the government will be favorable. Pray also for Pastor Mezack as he works to find additional staff in Rwanda. He desperately needs help and is seeking God’s wisdom to find the right people. 

Mon 9- Pray for Allan Knowles, Country Director for South Africa, as he continues to disciple his students through our two-year theological education program. Pray for Allan as be ministers in an older church that asked for his assistance refocusing on evangelism and discipleship.

Tue 10- Pray for Jonathan Titus-Williams, Country Director in Sierra Leone, as he serves the teachers and students of our program there. Pray for him and his wife Marian as they prepare to visit their children who are students in the US. 

Wed 11- Pray for the Ellilta Women at Risk team as they are trying to pool funding to finish the roof on their Nazareth location before the rains come.

Thu 12- Pray for our Country Director in Uganda Geoffrey Ocan, as he continues to experience pain after breaking his leg.  Please pray for healing!  

Fri 13- Pray for the local Board of Directors in DRC.  This Board is working to register their organization nationally. Pray for wisdom and discernment as they work to finalize their governing policies and register with the national authorities. Pray for God’s mercies on their work.

Sat 14- Praise God for our Board of Directors who generously invest in this ministry with their time, talent and treasures! Please pray as they gather for their quarterly meeting today. 

“I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.” Romans 15:30 NIV

Sun 15- Please pray favor for David, the new principal at New Dawn Educational Centre.  Pray he leads with Godly wisdom and discernment. 

Mon 16- Pray for Action Ministry and all the ways Peter Ochiel, along with his staff and volunteers, minister in their community. Pray for the funding of the new school building project. 

Tue 17- Pray for the team preparing to host another trauma-healing workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Please pray for God's hand to be in all the details!

Wed 18- Praise God for the Spread The Word program which raises support to equip leaders in Africa with local language Study Bibles. Please pray for those who are busy planning this year's fundraising events, the Bible Banquet on August 30 & the  6th Annual Golf Tournament on September 18. 

Thu 19- Pray for the students of our theological education program to be bold as they learn to share the Gospel!

Fri 20- Please pray for the staff at the Flame of Love orphanage in Goma, Congo as they love and care for the children. Pray for healing for Sister Alvera, director of the orphanage, as she is treated for cancer far from home in Italy. 

Sat 21- Pray for Tito, Country Director for Sudan & South Sudan, as he prepares to host a child trauma-healing workshop later this year. 

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 NIV

Sun 22- Praise God with Mezack and Helene as they celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary! Pastor Mezack is our Country Director for Rwanda and Burundi. Helene is a faithful support to him and his ministry!

Mon 23- Pray for the men and women who are part of our two-year theological education program. Pray for endurance to finish well and for God to use them mightily in their communities. 

Tue 24- Pray for peace in South Sudan! Pray for classes which continue in areas of great instability inside South Sudan. Pray for our teachers and students as they gather to meet and learn the Word of God. 

Wed 25- Pray for the Women at Risk program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Pray that the women who are part of this vital program will know the restoration that comes through a relationship with Jesus.  

Thu 26- Pray for Leonard Chipangano, Country Director in Malawi. Please pray for a vehicle for him as his was totaled in an accident last year.  Pray also for God's guidance in his search for a stable office location.

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes establish the work of our hands.”  Psalm 90:17 NIV

Fri 27- Pray for Peter Ochiel and his wife Nancy as they make plans to travel to the US in August.  Pray for them and their children while they are apart for this extended time.  

Sat 28- Pray for the women and children who are taking part in the trauma-healing programs. Pray for those who have been through the program, that they would continue down the path of healing. 

Sun 29- Pray for Country Director Asrat as he balances a rapidly growing program in Ethiopia. Pray for his local board, that they would be the support he needs in this busy time. 

Mon 30- Pray for those who will take part in next week's Journey to Kenya as they go to visit and encourage Peter Ochiel at Action Ministries and Irene Tongoi at New Dawn Educational Centre. 

Tue 31- Pray for the alumni of our education programs (theological, community development, trauma-healing) to continue to be agents of change and transformation in their communities.

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Meet a Student

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Right now, Daniel* is in school in Ethiopia. Why? Because Abebe understood how loved he was and learned how to act on it through African Leadership.

Abebe teaches our community development course in northern Ethiopia. Here, he shares how this has impacted his community:

I trained 9 trainees in Gonder, in the northern part of the country. We studied and were impacted by the program to serve our community from the perspective of a Biblical worldview. The program helped us to refine our worldview. It gave us skills to gather data, make an analysis based on the data, and prepare a realistic strategic action plan in our ministry and life.

So we prepared a plan to address orphan children or children who do not have proper care from their family. Last year we supported two children: their school fees, uniforms, and school materials by raising funds from our small congregation. This year, based on our financial resources, we continue to support one child.

His name is Daniel. He is 14 years old. He was born from a blinded mother and father. They support themselves by selling lottery in the streets. Now he is a grade 7 student and is active in his school and in his social interactions. We have committed ourselves to helping him.

*Name changed to protect the identity of the child.

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Loved People Love People

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Loved people love people
A note from African Leadership President Emily Blackledge

I often get asked why I do this work, why Africa?

My answer is simple: loved people love people. And for me, that answer is not specific to Africa. Sure, I work at an NGO that focuses on Africa, but I have a lot of hours in my day that aren’t spent at work. I serve at my church, I care for a family, I volunteer in the inner city.

In each case, my “why” is always the same: I am loved, so I love.

Being loved is an asset. It’s a gift that I have been given. And I don’t believe we are given gifts for ourselves alone. I have been loved, and I have been loved well. So out of that love, I have much to give.

I see that modeled so well when I travel across Africa.

Places and people who do not know me, welcome me in, offer me food and drink, give from what they have. Why? Because it has been done for them. Somewhere along the way, someone loved them, offered them food and drink, welcomed them in.

It’s a mark of humanity that I want to champion in all parts of my life. I can only give from what I have – and love is my best asset. The love of Christ compels me.

Loved people love people.


Throughout the rest of the year, we’ll be showcasing the ways we see loved people love people across our network. We’d love to hear from you! Why do you give? How have you been loved? Share your story with us on our Facebook page: facebook.com/africanleadershipinc.

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War, poverty, and thriving.

War and poverty have written much of Congo’s story.

But there’s a church in the countryside taking back the narrative. Thanks to you and Pastor Jean, they are rewriting their story as that of a thriving community.

Your support of African Leadership allows local leaders to receive trauma-healing training.

Before his training, Pastor Jean explains, “I saw in the streets many kids. Children filled our church every morning. Some wept. They’d never smile and would get aggressive. Joy was missing and it was difficult for me to see. In my heart I tried to help them, bring joy to them with songs and dances, but it was not enough.”

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Because of you, Pastor Jean learned how to address child trauma.

“It was a blessing. It opened my mind and made me strong in this ministry, which is not only a pillar to my church but that will help many children in this place. We’ve become friends with these kids and have helped them commit their lives and pains to Jesus who can take care of us. Now I know the trauma these children live with and how to lead them. Now they can get healing in my church, in my family, and in our environment.”

In a place where thriving seems impossible, Pastor Jean is changing the storyline. His church has become an agent of change for traumatized children, a place where the next generation can heal and grow and thrive together.

Pastor Jean has been the difference to this community, and you have been the difference to Pastor Jean.

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June 2018 Prayer Calendar

“I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.”  Romans 15:30 NIV

Fri 1- Pray for the alumni of our education programs (theological, community development, trauma-healing) to continue to be agents of change and transformation in their communities.

Sat 2- Pray for Our Country Director in Uganda Geoffrey Ocan, as he and his family mourn the loss of his sister.  Pray also for Geoffrey as he recovers from a broken leg and is experiencing a great deal of pain.  

Sun 3- Pray for Mezack Nkundabantu, Country Director for Rwanda and Burundi. As the government continues to close churches that don’t meet strict codes, Mezack and his church are working diligently to try to finish their new building so they don’t have to stop meeting! Pray for favor with the government and resources and weather to push them along.

 Mon 4- Pray for Country Director Asrat as he balances a rapidly growing program in Ethiopia. Pray for his local board, that they would be the support he needs in this busy time. 

Tue 5- Pray for Sudan/South Sudan Country Director Tito and his family as they prepare to move into a new home. Pray God brings the perfect house and that it can settle this family into a searson of planting roots which they haven't had as a family in the last 10 years. Pray for Tito who is having health concerns and for doctors as they look into what might be the cause. 

Wed 6- Pray for Sierra Leone Country Director Jonathan as he begins the process of building a local board of directors. Pray for TK, our board development specialist, who will assist him with the process of choosing potential board members, vetting them, and training them during an orientation this month. Pray for those who will make up the AL Sierra Leone board, that they would be committed, Godly leaders that help Jonathan grow his ministry and support him in his work.

Thu 7- A drought in the Western Cape province of South Africa began in 2015 and is resulting in a severe water shortage in the region, most notably affecting the city of Cape Town. Please pray for sustained rains in this region! Pray also for the country as it remains in political turmoil and there are daily riots and protests. 

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 NIV

Fri 8- Pray for the local Board of Directors in Rwanda as they finalize their registration with the Rwandan government. Requirements for non profit organizations to register are more here than in other countries. Pray as this board prepares their documents and showcases their vision that the government will be favorable.

 Sat 9- Pray for Allan Knowles, Country Director for South Africa, as he continues to disciple his students through our two-year theological education program. Please be in prayer for Allan as he preaches tomorrow at a church that is in serious decline.  Pray for the Lord to intervene and breathe fresh devotion and encouragement into this church. 

Sun 10- Pray for the staff and students at the New Dawn Educational Centre in the Huruma slum outside of Nairobi, Kenya.  Pray for the team as they plan the 2nd Annual Run for Hope scheduled for August 11. 

 Mon 11- Pray for the trauma-healing training workshop taking place in Rwanda beginning today. Pray for all those involved. 

Tue 12 - Praise God for our Board of Directors who generously invest in this ministry with their time, talent and treasures!

Wed 13- Pray for the local Board of Directors in DRC.  This board is working to register their organization nationally. Pray for wisdom and discernment as they work to finalize their governing policies and register with the national authorities. Pray for God’s mercies on their work. 

“Whatever you do, work at with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24 NIV

Thu 14- Praise God for our impact partner The Mocha Club and the artists who share our work in Africa with their audiences.  Please pray for God to increase our Mocha Club membership so that we can continue to support our partners throughout Africa. 

Fri 15- Pray for those who will take part in the upcoming Journey to Kenya.  Pray for God to lead others He would have join this group as they go to visit and encourage Peter Ochiel at Action Ministries and Irene Tongoi at New Dawn Educational Centre

Sat 16- Pray for Jonathan Titus-Williams, Country Director in Sierra Leone, as he serves the teachers and students of our program there. Pray for him and his wife Marian to receive their travel visas so they are able to come to the US to visit their children who are in school here.  

Sun 17- "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, ..." (1 Peter 1:3 NIV)  Happy Father's Day! 

Mon 18- Praise God for the Spread The Word program which raises support to equip leaders in Africa with local language Study Bibles. Please pray for those who are busy planning this year's fundraising event, the 6th annual golf tournament on September 18. 

Tue 19- Pray for the students of our theological education program to be bold as they learn to share the Gospel!

Wed 20- Please pray for the staff at the Flame of Love orphanage in Goma, Congo as they love and care for the children. Pray for healing for Sister Alvera, director of the orphanage, as she is treated for cancer far from home in Italy.  

“Remember your leaders who taught you the Word of God.  Think of all the good that has come from their lives and follow the example of their faith.” Hebrews 13:7 NLT

Thu 21- Pray for Action Ministries and all the ways Peter Ochiel, along with his staff and volunteers, minister in their community. Pray for the funding of he new school building project. 

Fri 22- Pray for Pastor Mezack as he works to find additional staff in Rwanda. He desperately needs help and is seeking God’s wisdom to find the right person. 

Sat 23- Pray for the men and women who are part of our two-year theological education program. Pray for endurance to finish well and for God to use them mightily in their communities. 

Sun 24- Pray for peace in South Sudan! Pray for classes which continue in areas of great instability inside South Sudan. Pray for our teachers and students as they gather to meet and learn the Word of God. 

Mon 25- Pray for the Women at Risk program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Pray that the women who are part of this vital program will know the restoration that comes through a relationship with Jesus.  

Tue 26- Pray for Leonard Chipangano, Country Director in Malawi. Please pray for a vehicle for him as his was totaled in an accident last year.  Pray also for God's guidance in his search for a stable office location. 

Wed 27- Pray for Peter Ochiel and his wife Nancy as they make plans to travel to the US in August.  Pray for them and their children while they are apart for this extended time.  

Thu 28- Pray for the women and children who are taking part in the trauma-healing programs. Pray for those who have been through the program, that they would continue down the path of healing. 

Fri 29- Please pray favor for David, the new principal at New Dawn Educational Centre.  Pray he leads with Godly wisdom and discernment. 

Sat 30- Praise the Lord with us for everyone who invests in this ministry with prayer, finances and/or volunteering! 

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes establish the work of our hands.”  Psalm 90:17 NIV

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Letter from the President:

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I’ve been to Congo several times, yet it teaches me something new each time. This trip has been no different.

It’s hard to celebrate little victories when you are staring at the giant deficit in any place — Goma is no exception.

But there is an undeniable impact that you, as a supporter of African Leadership, have made here.

Staring at life day in and day out, it’s hard to see change. When you ask a Congolese what changed in the last year, they often say, “nothing.” But where there are hardly noticeable changes to those in Goma, I see real progress from the last time I was here.

One example may surprise you — the prevalence of empathy. In a place where all of life is hard, and everyone has a traumatic story, encountering empathy is rare. So this time — when I saw children sit and listen to their peers, when I saw them cheer for one another, when those who didn’t used to look me in the eye smiled at me and said “hello” — I saw tangible impact.

That’s because these children have been meeting in weekly Healing Hearts clubs.

These are groups led by students in our program that have gone through trauma-healing training. These groups bring together children who have experienced great trauma, creating a safe place for them to mourn, understand their pain, and begin healing from it, together.

Most of them live at an orphanage under the care of a widow whose family was shattered by war. Of nine children, only five are still alive. She spends her days with the youngest babies at the orphanage on her back while she plays with and loves on the others. Why? “I had to quit holding some of my babies because of the war so now I hold these ones.

Empathetic children become empathetic adults.

I’m confident that these children, growing up in Healing Hearts clubs, surrounded by those who show the love of Christ to them, will one day turn into people like this woman who care so well for others.

These children, who wouldn’t make eye contact with me three years ago, now share their pain and display empathy. They articulate the poverty of the world they live in, but also shout hope to one another.

They are building not just a whole heart, but a stable community.

As I watched children throw back their heads and laugh, in a field where days ago rebels clashed with the military and sent these kids running, I knew the Lord had revealed to me once again that Congo has much to teach us.

-Emily Blackledge

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How 30 Families are Changed Forever

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“I don’t have the time, the money, or the giftings to make a difference.”

You’ve likely caught yourself thinking or speaking a sentence like the one above. Peter Ochiel was once in your shoes. Now he runs a school, a church, and a clinic in one of the world’s last leper colonies.

How’d he do it?

He focused on the assets around him and took it one step at a time.

He embodies the asset-based development strategy African Leadership teaches.

Peter was working in a restaurant in Kenya when one day, he met a man on the streets begging for school fees for his children. When Peter asked to meet his children, the man took him to Tumbe Village, which literally means “a place for rejected people.” It’s a leper colony that’s home to about 30 families who have been rejected by society.

Peter felt compelled to act. So he started small. He began going to visit every Sunday to worship and pray with these families and renamed the village Blessed Camp.

People began to take notice of what he was doing and they joined him.

Peter’s heart for this village was contagious. The group started pulling together their assets and gifts to open a church in Blessed Camp, as well as a school for the children. Then they opened a medical clinic to help the lepers and, soon after, a feeding program. He built his ministry step by step, utilizing the assets and talents of people around him in Mombasa.

Today, Peter’s organization, Action Ministry, is an African Leadership partner. So his network of assets now includes you, and your assets now help him do his work.

Already, you’re providing hope for a new generation in Kenya.

It’s easy to think you’re helpless. But like Peter, you’re not. Start small, focus on what you have, and know that you’re already making a difference to people like Peter through your support of African Leadership.

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Meet a student - Daniel

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Hi, I am Pastor Gosten Daniel Banda of Thawale Baptist Church in Nkhotakota district in central Malawi.

I became a Christian in 1987 and started serving God in various capacities in my local church. While serving, God called me into pastoral ministry. But my challenge was that I had no training to enable me to know what to do as a pastor. I looked for the opportunity to enter a training program, and it took a long time before it availed itself to me.

By the grace of God, this opportunity came to me in 2013 when African Leadership opened its training center in a nearby community.

I joined the class immediately, and it was a very exciting experience. I graduated in 2015 — after spending two years of studying the Word of God in depth.

After my graduation, I was called to pastor a church in a rural area called Thawale. It was a small church with about 70 members. By the grace of God, this church has grown from 70 members to about 230 members. The church is growing both numerically and spiritually simply because God has really given me the grace to be able to effectively apply the knowledge gained in class at African Leadership.

We have introduced a number of ministries like youth ministry, women’s ministry, intercession, and home study groups where the Word of God is shared during the week. All these ministries have contributed to the growth of the church.

I would therefore like to thank God for sending African Leadership to my nearby community. The presence of African Leadership provided me with the training opportunity that was only a far-fetched dream before. I am so grateful to God for transforming my life through this opportunity. I am also grateful to African Leadership for being committed to provide us with this rare opportunity.

 

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Using Your Gifts to Make a Difference

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It’s easy to feel helpless when it comes to the bigger problems in the world. You may look around and see all that’s wrong, and want to help, but feel unsure of where or how to begin. You may even dream up a solution, and then your brain interrupts…but I don’t have x, y, or z, so I can’t. You may think you lack what you need to make a difference. That’s a normal thought.

But it’s not true. Through asset-based community development, you can make a difference right where you are.

What’s asset-based community development?

Asset-based community development is working with what you have, rather than being hindered by what you lack.

A community in Africa might lack clean water. The multitude of issues that arise from that one problem — water borne diseases, girls missing school to gather water, and more — make it overwhelming to address. Installing a clean water well is expensive and time consuming, creating an overwhelming hurdle for many African communities.

However, asset-based community development allows you to look at these problems in a new way.

In Africa, our students are taught to look for their assets first. They may find they have a community member trained in water engineering, or are able to connect with a local storeowner willing to donate a water tank. Sometimes they find that stones, sand, and construction tools are all readily available locally. There may even be a church congregation nearby who’s willing to volunteer their labor.

Little by little, a practical and doable solution takes shape.

This is how we operate all our programs in Africa. When you partner with African Leadership, you help this important education and work happen. You may see poverty around the world and think, I don’t have the money or the time it takes to make a difference.

But what might be possible when you consider your assets?

Do you have a passion to help others and the determination to follow through? What specific gifts do you have that can be used to tackle poverty? Do you have friends who can combine their efforts with yours?

You are uniquely gifted to make a difference.

So, what would happen in your world if instead of getting stuck in …but I don’t have x, y, or z so I can’t, you reframed your thinking to …I have a, b, and c, so let’s get started?

Consider your assets. What specific gifts do you have that you can use to grow the Kingdom?

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May 2018 Prayer Calendar

 "I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me."  Romans 15:30

Tue 1- Please pray for African Leadership's president, Emily Blackledge, as she returns home from Africa today. Pray for her as she is reunited with her family and as she re-acclimates to the local time zone.

Wed 2- A drought in the Western Cape province of South Africa began in 2015 and is resulting in a severe water shortage in the region, most notably affecting the city of Cape Town. Please pray for sustained rains in this region! 

Thu 3- On this National Day of Prayer, please join us in praying for our nation and its leaders.  Ask God to grant them wisdom to act with integrity.

Fri 4- Pray for Country Director Asrat as he balances a rapidly growing program in Ethiopia. Pray for his local board, that they would be the support he needs in a busy time. 

Sat 5- Praise God for our Board of Directors who generously invest in this ministry with their time, talent and treasures!

Sun 6- Pray for Country Director Tito Oturo who is serving his communities in Sudan, South Sudan and in the refugee camps in Northern Uganda. Pray for peace in South Sudan!

Mon 7- Pray for Peter Ochiel as he serves the Lord in Mombasa, Kenya through Action Ministries. Please pray for God to provide the needed funds for the school building project.  

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." Colossians 3:23-24 NIV

Tue 8- Pray for the Women at Risk program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Pray that the women who are part of this vital program will know the restoration that comes through a relationship with Jesus.  

Wed 9- Pray for healing for Sister Alvera, director of the Flame of Love orphanage in Goma, Congo as she is treated for cancer far from home in Italy. 

Thu 10- Pray for the staff and students at the New Dawn Educational Centre in the Huruma slum outside of Nairobi, Kenya.  Pray for the team as they plan the 2nd Annual Run for Hope scheduled for August 11. 

Fri 11- Pray for Sierra Leone Country Director Jonathan as he begins the process of building a local board of directors. Pray for TK, our board development specialist, who will assist him with the process of choosing potential board members, vetting them, and training them during an orientation in June. Pray for those who will make up the AL Sierra Leone board, that they would be committed, Godly leaders that help Jonathan grow his ministry and support him in his work.

Sat 12- Pray for the men and women who are part of our two-year theological education program. Pray for endurance to finish well and for God to use them mightily in their communities. 

Sun 13- Pray for our Country Director in Congo, Denis Hangi, as he leads and serves the students in our theological education program and leads trauma-healing programs for kids and orphans. 

Mon 14- Praise God for our impact partner The Mocha Club, and the artists who share our work in Africa with their audiences.  Please pray for God to increase our Mocha Club membership so that we can continue to support our partners throughout Africa. 

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15 NIV

Tue 15- Pray for those who will take part in the upcoming journey to Kenya.  Pray for God to lead others He would have join this group as they go to visit and encourage Peter Ochiel at Action Ministries and Irene Tongoi at New Dawn Educational Centre. 

Wed 16- Pray for Jonathan Titus-Williams, Country Director in Sierra Leone, as he serves the teachers and students of our program there. Pray for him and his wife Marian to receive their travel visas so they are able to come to the US to visit their children who are in school here. 

Thu 17- Pray for Country Director Geoffrey Ocan as he serves the teachers and students of our program in Uganda. Praise God for the recent land purchase! Pray for the construction of his new office to go smoothly.

Fri 18- Pray for the local Boards of Directors in Africa. Please pray for wisdom and discernment as they serve alongside our Country Directors. 

Sat 19- Praise God for the many students who are graduating from African Leadership's theological education program! Please pray for them as they move forward in ministry with all they have learned. 

Sun 20- Please pray for the staff at the Flame of Love orphanage in Goma, Congo as they love and care for the children. 

Mon 21- Pray for Allan Knowles, Country Director for South Africa, as he continues to disciple his students through our two-year theological education program.

"May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands." Psalm 90:17

Tue 22- Pray for the trauma-healing workshop which will take place in June in Rwanda. Pray for those who are preparing now for that workshop.

Wed 23- Pray for the local leaders in Africa who are learning and working towards strengthening their communities spiritually, emotionally and physically. 

Thu 24- Praise God for the arrival of new curriculum for our program in Rwanda and Congo! The shipment of course manuals that accompanies our core two-year program just arrived in Kigali in April and will be distributed to new students this month.

Fri 25- Pray for Mezack Nkundabantu, Country Director for Rwanda and Burundi, as he serves the teachers and students enrolled in our theological program there. Pray for the funding for a new church building that will meet with local codes. 

Sat 26- Pray for Leonard Chipangano, Country Director in Malawi. Please pray for a vehicle for him as his was totaled in an accident last year.  Leonard asked that we also pray with him for the funds to purchase new graduation gowns for his students.

"Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith." Hebrews 13:7 NLT

Sun 27- Pray for African Leadership students in Rwanda as the government cracks down on churches and has started taking strong steps towards closing them should they not be 100% up to strict building codes. Pray against discouragement for those affected.  Pray for solutions so they can continue meeting and worshiping the Lord together.

Mon 28- Pray for the women and children who are taking part in the trauma-healing programs. Pray for those who have been through the program, that they would continue down the path of healing. 

Tue 29- Praise the Lord with us for everyone who invests in this ministry with prayer, finances and/or volunteering! 

Wed 30- Praise God for the Spread The Word program which raises support to equip leaders in Africa with local language Study Bibles. 

Thu 31- Pray for our staff, that we will "Trust in the Lord with all our hearts; and not depend on our own understanding."  Pray we will "seek His will in all we do, so that He will show us which path to take." (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)

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Meet a student

Sakina Walikunza Lea, Democratic Republic of Congo

I was born in an unsaved family. With my husband, we received Jesus as our personal savior and were baptized. In prayer group in my church, I felt a call to be trained. I knew I could preach and visit with some of our fellow members.

Because of the African Leadership training, I realized there were a lot of mistakes in my early preaching. When in the class, I did repent because the training opened my mind to know Biblical truth. It was my opportunity to ask for explanation about the issues where I was making mistakes. 

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Now I do preach in women’s meetings and in my church and house. I am seeing some family receiving the Lord and getting saved. I am praising the Lord and thanking African Leadership for the ministry to learn the Bible. I’ve decided to work through my church as an evangelist in my country, especially in teaching to women’s conferences. 

Bless African Leadership and all supporters of this ministry.

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