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MAY 2019 Prayer Guide

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“The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.”  Psalm 145:18 NIV

Wed 1- Please pray for healing for Pastor Mezack Nkundabantu, Country Director for Rwanda and Burundi, as he is being treated for cancer. Please pray for continued faith and peace for him and his wife Helene during this difficult time. Pray for his ministry back in Rwanda that continues in his absence.

Thu 2- Please continue to pray for those in Southern Africa struggling in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. Many lives have been lost and many more have been displaced from their homes. Pray for our students and alumni who have been affected in a district of Nsanje in Malawi and are now living in camps.

Fri 3- Praise the Lord with us for His healing touch on the children at the Flame of Love orphanage in Goma, Congo. Please continue to pray for Sister Alvera as she receives treatment for cancer far away in Italy. Thank God for the caregivers who have stepped in to care of the children in her stead. Pray the Lord provides all they need to love and care well for them! 

Sat 4- Pray for Leonard Chipangano, Country Director for Malawi. Pray for the fulfilment of their 2019 plans to open new classes across the Malawi. Pray for travelling mercies for Leonard and for passion for the teachers and students who are part of the theological training program across Malawi. Pray the Lord's guidance for his Board of Directors as they meet today. 

Sun 5- Pray for Denis Hangi, Country Director for Congo. There is much tension as the country continues to wait for the establishment of the government after elections in December. Lacking this, there is increased fear of violence, infrastructure instability and movement around the country. Pray safety for Denis and his staff as they continue to travel to fellowship together, teach, and mentor leaders amidst high tensions.

Mon 6- Please pray for the men and women of Blessed camp in Eastern Kenya as they grieve the loss of one of their communities members. Pray they know God's comfort during this time of bereavement. 

Tue 7- Please pray for the people of South Africa as they vote in a national political election tomorrow, May 8.  Pray for peace in the process! 

Wed 8- Pray for Jonathan Titus-Williams, Country Director in Sierra Leone as he travels throughout the country meeting with his Board and teachers. He is struggling with infrastructure shortcomings in Sierra Leone and needs the Lord’s hand to pave the road for him as he moves. Please also pray for daily stamina for Jonathan's two children as they are in university in the U.S.

Thu 9- Praise God for our Board of Directors who generously invest in this ministry with their time, talent, and treasures!

 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8 NLT

Fri 10- Please pray for our Country Director, Asrat Gizaw, 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. Also, pray for the country of Ethiopia as there is political instability there.  

Sat 11- Praise God for all those who invest in this ministry through prayer and finances

Sun 12- "She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.  She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue." Proverbs 31:25-26 NIV  Praise God for moms who love their children well and raise them up in the love of Christ! Happy Mother's Day!  

Mon 13- Praise the Lord for Geoffrey & Jennifer Ocan who celebrate their wedding anniversary today! We are thankful that as Geoffrey serves as African Leadership's Country Director for Uganda, he has a faithful, praying wife by his side! 

Tue 14- Pray for Peter Ochiel and his family as they continue to serve their community in Eastern Kenya through Action Ministry.  Pray for the staff and volunteers who serve faithfully alongside Peter.  Pray for the Baraka School as the children resume classes this month. 

Wed 15- Pray for Allan Knowles, Country Director for South Africa, as he continues to teach and mentor the students who are part of our theological education program there. He is currently meeting with two groups weekly in hopes of starting another training class.

Thu 16- Pray for the staff & students at  New Dawn Educational Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.  Please pray for God's anointing for success as they prepare for their 3rd annual Run for Hope which raises support for the New Dawn Educational Centre. 

Fri 17- Pray for the men and women living in refugee camps in South Sudan who want to join our theological training programs.  Please pray for the resources needed to print the curriculum so these eager students may begin the classes. 

Sat 18- Praise God for our impact partner, The Mocha Club, and the influencers 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-  Please pray for the leaders who will attend the trauma-healing training workshop in Butembo, DRC this week.  Please pray the Lord will prepare their hearts and that they will  be faithful to take what they learn and implement it in their communities.

“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

Mon 20- Pray for Geoffrey Ocan, Country Director for Uganda. Pray the Lord will lead those He has chosen to join the theological education classes this year.  Please pray also for continued good health for Geoffrey and his family. 

Tue 21- Praise God for the Spread The Word program which raises funds to equip our theological education students with the tools they need including Study Bibles and curriculum

Wed 22- Pray for the peace process in South Sudan.  Country Director Tito Iranga and his Board chairman have been engaging communities in peace dialogues this month. There is positive response from one community but there is still a hardness on the other side.  Tito is praying and believing they will come to their senses.  He asks that we pray for another time in the coming months for both he and Klero to visit these communities to help finalize the peace process!  

Thu 23- Please pray the Lord prepares the Mocha Club Journey members who will travel to Kenya next week to visit & encourage our project partners there. 

Fri 24- Please pray for the spouses and families of our partners in Africa. May they know God's presence and peace, protection and provision.  

Sat 25- Please pray for our U.S. staff; for health, encouragement, and passion as we continue to serve God in this ministry.

Sun 26- Pray for success in the growth of the 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.

“ And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ- to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11 NIV

Mon 27- On this Memorial Day, we remember those who courageously laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. May the examples of their sacrifice inspire in us the selfless love of God's Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless the families of our fallen troops, and fill their homes and their lives with His strength and peace.

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

Wed 29- Please pray for the Lord's favor on one of our project partners in Africa as they are pursuing a local funding opportunity.

Thu 30- Pray for the Women at Risk program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Pray for holistic transformation for the women who are currently in the program. Pray for the leadership as they are seeking God's discernment and direction for their five-year strategic plan.

Fri 31- Praise God for our partners on the ground in Africa; for their diligence, their integrity, and their desire to see their communities thrive!

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APRIL 2019 PRAYER GUIDE

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“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 1- Please pray for healing for Pastor Mezack Nkundabantu, Country Director for Rwanda and Burundi, as he is being treated for cancer. Please pray for continued faith and peace for him and his wife Helene during this difficult time. Pray for his ministry back in Rwanda that continues in his absence.

Tue 2- Please pray for those in Southern Africa struggling in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. Many lives have been lost and many more have been displaced from their homes. Pray for our students and alumni who have been affected in a district of Nsanje in Malawi and are now living in camps.

Wed 3- Pray safety for Tito Iranga, Country Director for Sudan & South Sudan as he begins traveling again into South Sudan to mentor teachers and attend graduations. Pray also for his family, specifically in the areas of health and education. 

Thu 4- Pray for Allan Knowles, Country Director for South Africa, as he continues to teach and mentor the students who are part of our theological education program there.  He has training classes in some towns where the crime levels are very high and with the current energy crisis, towns are blacked out with no lights for hours at a time. Pray for the students who must walk to the class. As Allan makes plans to teach under these circumstances, pray that these problems will not be disruptive.

Fri 5- Pray for Peter Ochiel and his family as they continue to serve their community in Eastern Kenya through Action Ministry.  Pray for them as they have taken in four children who lost their mom and have no other living relatives.  

Sat 6- Pray for Geoffrey Ocan, Country Director for Uganda. Pray the Lord will bring the right students and teachers to the theological education classes this year.  Please pray also for continued good health for Geoffrey and his family. 

“Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.”

1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV

Sun 7- Pray for Denis Hangi, Country Director for Congo. There is much tension as the country continues to wait for the establishment of the government after elections in December. Lacking this, there is increased fear of violence, infrastructure instability and movement around the country. Pray safety for his staff as they continue to travel to fellowship together, teach, and mentor leaders amidst high tensions.

Mon 8- Pray for success in the growth of the 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.

Tue 9- Pray for the Women at Risk program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Pray for holistic transformation for the women who are currently in the program. Pray for the leadership as they are seeking God's discernment and direction for their five-year strategic plan.

Wed 10- Please pray for the health of the children at the Flame of Love orphanage in Goma, Congo as fever and malaria have broken out. Pray for the staff as they love and care for the children.  

Thu 11- Please pray for our Country Director, Asrat Gizaw, 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. Also, pray for the country of Ethiopia as there is instability there.  

Fri 12- Please pray for our U.S. staff; for health, encouragement, and passion as we continue to serve God in this ministry.

Sat 13- Praise God for our Board of Directors who generously invest in this ministry with their time, talent and treasures! Please pray God's Spirit is evident as the Board meets together today.

Sun 14- Pray for the women and children who are taking part in one of our trauma-healing programs. Pray for those who have been through a program, that they would continue down the path of healing.

Mon 15- Please pray for Country Director Tito Iranga as he is planning to spend some time in one rural village in South Sudan where tensions are rising. Pray for wisdom and intuition as he engages these groups and works toward reconciliation and unity for his homeland.

Tue 16- Pray for Irene Tongoi, founder of the New Dawn Educational Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.  Financial sustainability is an important focus for them. Please pray for God's anointing for success.

Wed 17- Praise God for our impact partner, The Mocha Club, and the influencers 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.  

“The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.”

 Psalm 145:18 NIV

Thu 18- Pray for Leonard Chipangano, Country Director for Malawi. Pray for the fulfilment of their 2019 plans to open new classes across the Malawi. Pray for travelling mercies for Leonard and for passion for the teachers and students who are part of the theological training program across Malawi. 

Fri 19- Pray that the message of Christ's death and resurrection moves many hearts toward Him this weekend! 

"It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last." Luke 23:44-46 

Sat 20- Please pray for each of our Country Directors and the pastors who have graduated from our theological education program as they proclaim the Gospel this Easter weekend!  

Sun 21- Hallelujah!  “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” Matt. 28:6

Mon 22- Praise God for the water projects being implemented in Africa and those who support this work! We are thankful today is World Water Day which helps focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Tue 23- Please pray for the Run for Hope planning team as they continue working on all the details for this summer’s event which raises support for the New Dawn Educational Centre.

Wed 24- Pray for Jonathan Titus-Williams, Country Director in Sierra Leone as he travels throughout the country meeting with his Board and teachers. He is struggling with infrastructure shortcomings in Sierra Leone and needs the Lord’s hand to pave the road for him as he moves. Please also pray for daily stamina for Jonathan's two children as they are in university in the U.S.

Thu 25- Pray for the first graduation of African Leadership students in the heart of Juba city, South Sudan. Please pray that this will encourage more church leaders to value the training and support the future classes.

Fri 26- Praise God for hearing and answering our prayers to end the drought in South Africa!  Allan Knowles, our Country Director there shares that last year the dams were at 23% and this year they are at 50%! 

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

Romans 12:12 NIV

Sat 27- 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.

Sun 28- Pray for encouragement and stamina for the many teachers and pastors in Sierra Leone who are working in Muslim areas. They have hearts set on reaching these communities for Christ but are struggling with feeling very isolated. 

Mon 29- Pray for peace in South Sudan! The warring parties signed a peace deal last year.  Pray for the leaders involved on both sides, that they would desire peace above all else.

Tue 30- Praise God for the Spread The Word program which raises funds to equip our theological education students with Study Bibles! 

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MARCH 2019 PRAYER GUIDE

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“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

Colossians 4:2 NIV

Fri 1- Please pray for the twenty women in Ethiopia who have just completed their final Gospel storying workshop. Pray for them as they return home to their communities and continue sharing the scriptures they have learned over the past two years. Pray they will not grow weary or lose heart. 

Sat 2-  Please pray for healing for Pastor Mezack Nkundabantu, Country Director for Rwanda and Burundi, as he has begun treatment for cancer. Please pray for continued faith and peace for him and his wife Helene during this difficult time. Pray for his ministry back in Rwanda that continues in his absence.

Sun 3-  Pray for Tito Iranga, Country Director for Sudan & South Sudan, as he manages his work / life balance. He is currently overseeing operations in 2 war-torn countries plus the massive undertaking of working in the refugee camps. He is stretched and passionate about his work. Yet, he also has a wife and 4 young children (ages 2-13) at home. He deeply desires being a present Dad and is learning the tension of both work and family life. 

 Mon 4- Pray for Peter Ochiel and his family as they continue to serve their community in Eastern Kenya through Action Ministry. Pray for them as they have taken in four children who lost their mom and have no other living relatives. 

Tue 5- Praise God for the Fabulous Friends for Africa, the hard work of these ten women and the success of last month's Valentine's Dance

Wed 6- Pray for Geoffrey Ocan, Country Director for Uganda. Pray that his teachers and students will be committed to their studies. Pray that African Leadership Uganda will be accredited this year.  Also, please pray that the government policies being made will not frustrate the work of the church in Uganda. 

“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth…”  

Psalm 145:18 NIV

Thu 7-  Pray for Denis Hangi, Country Director for Congo and his team in the continued aftermath of the December elections. Pray for the safety of Denis and his family, for his board, teachers, students, and graduates. Pray for classes to continue uninterrupted in the aftermath, growing the impact and importance of the church in the midst of political instability

Fri 8- Pray for Allan Knowles, Country Director for South Africa, as he continues to teach and mentor the students who are part of our theological education program there.  Allan would like to expand his ministry into some of the rural towns outside of Cape Town. Please pray for the exposure and contact he needs.  

Sat 9- Pray for the Women at Risk program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  They are serving  69 women at the moment and have asked us to pray for holistic transformation for these women.  Also, they have been facing major funding shortages and are looking for churches, organizations and government offices locally that can support them; please pray for God's favor upon them as they approach these local potential partners. 

Sun 10- Please pray for the staff at the Flame of Love orphanage in Goma, Congo as they love and care for the children. Please continue to pray healing for Sister Alvera, director of the orphanage, as she is treated for cancer far from home in Italy.

Mon 11- Pray for Irene Tongoi, founder of the New Dawn Educational Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.  Pray for the new school principal to catch the vision for the ministry and to rally the staff team around it. Pray for encouragement for the students and staff. Pray for God to increase the number of parents who can pay their part of the fees.   

Tue 12- Please pray for our U.S. staff; for health, encouragement, and passion to continue to serve God in this ministry.

Wed 13- Pray for peace in South Sudan! Pray for classes which continue in areas of great instability inside South Sudan. Pray for safety & provision for our teachers and students as they gather to meet and learn the Word of God. 

Thu 14- Please pray for our Country Director, Asrat Gizaw, 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. Also, pray for the country of Ethiopia as there is instability there.  

Fri 15- Pray for Jonathan Titus-Williams, Country Director in Sierra Leone, as he serves the teachers and students of our program there. Please pray for physical and spiritual strength for Jonathan and for his Board of Directors to continue to be a support to him. Pray for a more fruitful ministry this year in his local church and the African Leadership ministry.  Jonathan is also praying for God to grant his children scholarships this year to be able continue their studies. 

Sat 16- Pray for the women and children who are taking part in one of our trauma-healing programs. Pray for those who have been through a program, that they would continue down the path of healing.

 “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence,

so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”  

Hebrews 4:16 NIV

Sun 17- Pray for the several members of the Fabulous Friends for Africa who have recently had or are growing babies. Pray for their expanding families and safe, healthy pregnancies, deliveries, and babies. 

Mon 18- Pray for Leonard Chipangano, Country Director for Malawi, as he serves the students and teachers in our theological education program there. He is asking for prayer for abundant grace so that the ministry will make a big impact in people's lives.  He has also asked for prayer for his family; for the availability of school fees for his children.

Tue 19- Praise God for the Spread The Word program which raises funds to equip our theological education students with Study Bibles! 

Wed 20- 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.

Thu 21- Praise God for our impact partner, The Mocha Club, and the influencers 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 22- Praise God for the water projects being implemented in Africa and those who support this work! We are thankful today is World Water Day which helps focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Sat 23- Please pray for the Run for Hope planning team as they continue working on all the details for the event this summer which raises support for the New Dawn Educational Centre.

Sun 24- Please pray for the spouses and families of our partners in Africa. May they know God's presence and peace, protection and provision.  

Mon 25- Pray for success in the growth of the 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.

Tue 26- Pray for those who will take part in the 2019 Mocha Club Journey to Kenya in June.  We trust God to bring together those individuals He wants to be a part of this team.  

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

Romans 12:12 NIV

Wed 27- 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.

Thu 28- Pray for safety as our DRC Country Director Denis Hangi is traveling to Kitchanga March 29-31 for a graduation and to see some of his former graduates consecrated as pastors and others as church elders.

Fri 29- Praise God for our Board of Directors who generously invest in this ministry with their time, talent and treasures! 

Sat 30- Pastor Mezack Nkundabantu, our Country Director in Rwanda & Burundi is praying the Lord will bring an individual to take over his church responsibilities by the middle of 2019.  Please pray with him in this matter. 

Sun 31- Praise God for our partners on the ground in Africa; for their diligence, their integrity, and their desire to see their communities thrive!

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How much do you know about South Africa?

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Hey friends, Emily here.

There are few conversations I’ve had the privilege of having that spanned more topics, heart, and depth as this week’s conversation on our podcast Changing the Conversation. We were fortunate enough to spend the morning with our Country Director from South Africa, Allan Knowles. And we talked about everything from sports to politics, from failure to peace, and of course, coffee.  

Allan helped paint a picture of life in South Africa. While it’s nothing like much of the rest of the continent, South Africa too is marred by a painful struggle for independence and the challenges of living under the evil system of apartheid. There are parts of this remarkable country that beat with the same heart as its African neighbors and even our own country’s story: a passionate love of sports, children growing up amidst a changing political landscape, and how stereotyping our neighbor can drive a country apart.

I was struck at how often I resonated with things Allan was talking about and I hope you are too. It’s what I love about this podcast, it’s why we chose to create it. We are all unique. My story and background is not yours. But underneath so many parts of our circumstances and experiences are systems, questions, emotions, and hopes that we all commonly share. Amidst the many distinctions between the United States and the countries we work in across Africa, there is something profound about being human. Something we share in our DNA that invites us to know ourselves better by hearing the stories of our friends.

Being deeply vulnerable and courageous, Allan shared his story. One where he was raised in a developing South Africa – a country torn apart by apartheid and fear. It was into a world divided that Allan grew up in a 3-bedroom home with 9 children and 2 parents. It was a world that didn’t include interaction with another race or color until one day when a train stopped on the platform and Allan began to ask questions.

In an instant, he was made aware that certain train cars were for certain colors of skin. As a young boy, his context for this reality filtered heavily through his parents. A passive mother, an angry father. So as Allan matured, so did his anger. Anger at the government, anger at the system, anger at a God who allowed this reality to exist. During his conversion years later, he was challenged to consider a loving father – very different from his own example growing up. Only then, when confronted with Biblical truth, did Allan’s worldview begin to change. And from that transformation, God set an entire life path for Allan. One where he leveraged every part of his challenging past to mentor a next generation of leaders whose “lives would be statements of hope.”

What I love about hearing Allan’s story is that out of vastly different experiences and upbringings, we often all experience similar emotions. As human beings, we can each learn how to create resilience from our story, and like Allan, find a way to reconcile our past and use that story to leave a legacy for the generation behind us.

I hope you enjoy listening to this episode of Changing the Conversation as much as I did in sharing a podcast booth with Emily Hickey and Allan Knowles.

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FEBRUARY 2019 PRAYER GUIDE

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“Rejoice always, Pray Continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

Fri 1- Praise God for our partners on the ground in Africa; for their diligence, their integrity, and their desire to see their communities thrive!

Sat 2- Pray for Pastor Mezack Nkundabantu, Country Director for Rwanda and Burundi. Pray for Mezack’s health and for peace in the uncertainty of what’s next. Pray for his wife Helene as she supports him during this journey. Pray for his ministry back in Rwanda that continues in his absence and pray that the stress of being away from it for a prolonged period of time is manageable for Mezack. 

Sun 3- Pray for Tito Iranga, Country Director for Sudan & South Sudan, as he manages his work / life balance. He is currently overseeing operations in 2 war-torn countries plus the massive undertaking of working in the refugee camps. He is stretched and passionate about his work. Yet, he also has a wife and 4 young children (ages 2-13) at home. He deeply desires being a present Dad and is learning the tension of both work and family life. 

Mon 4- Pray for Peter Ochiel's family as they have taken in 4 children from Blessed Camp  after their mother passed away and they have no known relatives.

Tue 5- Please pray for the staff at the Flame of Love orphanage in Goma, Congo as they love and care for the children. Please continue to pray healing for Sister Alvera, director of the orphanage, as she is treated for cancer far from home in Italy. 

Wed 6- Pray for Geoffrey Ocan, Country Director for Uganda. Pray that his teachers and students will be committed to their studies. Pray that African Leadership Uganda will be accredited this year.  Also, please pray that the government policies being made will not frustrate the work of the church in Uganda. 

Thu 7- Pray for Denis Hangi, Country Director for Congo and his team in the aftermath of the December elections. Pray for the safety of Denis and his family, for his board, teachers, students, and graduates. Pray for classes to continue uninterrupted in the aftermath, growing the impact and importance of the church in the midst of political instability. 

“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

Fri 8- Pray for Allan Knowles, Country Director for South Africa, as he continues to teach and mentor the students who are part of our theological education program there.  Allan would like to expand his ministry into some of the rural towns outside of Cape Town. Please pray for the exposure and contact he needs.  

Sat 9- Praise God for the Fabulous Friends for Africa! Please pray for them as they prepare for this evening's 12th Annual Valentine's Dance which benefits the ministry of African Leadership! Pray for a successful event.

Sun 10- Pray for Irene Tongoi, founder of the New Dawn Educational Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.  Pray for the new school principal to catch the vision for the ministry and to rally the staff team around it. Pray for encouragement for the students and staff. Pray for God to increase the number of parents who can pay their part of the fees.

Mon 11- Pray for the leaders and students at Action School at Blessed Camp as they  begin a new grade. Pray for Peter Ochiel as he leads Action Ministry in Eastern Kenya.

Tue 12- Praise God for our impact partner The Mocha Club and the influencers 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 13- Pray for those who will take part in the 2019 Mocha Club Journey to Kenya in June.  We trust God to bring together those individuals He wants to be a part of this team.

Thu 14- Please pray for our Country Director, Asrat Gizaw, 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. Also, pray for the country of Ethiopia as there is instability there. 

Fri 15- Pray for Jonathan Titus-Williams, Country Director in Sierra Leone, as he serves the teachers and students of our program there. Please pray for physical and spiritual strength for Jonathan and for his Board of Directors to continue to be a support to him. Pray for a more fruitful ministry this year in his local church and the African Leadership ministry. Jonathan is also praying for God to grant his children scholarships this year to be able continue their studies. 

Sat 16- Pray for peace in South Sudan! Pray for classes which continue in areas of great instability inside South Sudan. Pray for safety & provision for our teachers and students as they gather to meet and learn the Word of God. 

 “And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.”

2 Corinthians 1:11 NLT

Sun 17- Please pray for our U.S. staff; for health, encouragement, and passion to continue to serve God in this ministry.

Mon 18- Pray for Leonard Chipangano, Country Director for Malawi, as he serves the students and teachers in our theological education program there. He is asking for prayer for abundant grace so that the ministry will make a big impact in people's lives.  He has also asked for prayer for his family; for the availability of school fees for his children.

Tue 19- Praise God for the Spread The Word program which raises funds to equip our theological education students with Study Bibles! 

Wed 20- 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.

Thu 21- Pastor Mezack Nkundabantu, our Country Director in Rwanda & Burundi is praying the Lord will bring an individual to take over his church responsibilities by the middle of 2019.  Please pray with him in this matter. 

Fri 22- Pray for the Women at Risk program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  They are serving 69 women at the moment and have asked us to pray for holistic transformation for these women.  Also, they have been facing major funding shortages and are looking for churches, organizations and government offices locally that can support them; please pray for God's favor upon them as they approach these local potential partners. 

Sat 23- Praise God for our Board of Directors who generously invest in this ministry with their time, talent and treasures! 

Sun 24- Please pray for the spouses and families of our partners in Africa. May they know God's presence and peace, protection and provision.  

 “I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers.”

Philemon 1:4 NIV

Mon 25- Pray for success in the growth of the 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.

Tue 26- Pray for the women and children who are taking part in one of our trauma-healing programs. Pray for those who have been through a program, that they would continue down the path of healing. 

Wed 27- 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.

Thu 28- Praise God for the many men and women who graduated in 2018 from our theological education program!  Pray for these alumni to be agents of change and transformation in their communities.

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Meet Jerry

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There is only one thing I regret from my 18 years working with African Leadership: that I didn’t get involved sooner.

My life back then probably looked a lot like yours — I went to work, came home to family, and was involved with our church. My days were fully engaged at The Southwestern Company, working to grow our company both in the U.S. and internationally, and in the process building character in young people. My free time was spent with my wife raising our children and trying to instill in them a sense of sharing and service. Friends of ours worked in Africa and when asked to donate to things they cared about, we did —it seemed to be an easy way to support the church and to model “giving back” to our children.

One year, a corporate incentive trip took me to Cape Town, South Africa. Our itinerary included safaris, relaxing and exploring the modern city...until a friend with African Leadership showed up at my hotel and asked me to come with him. We went to Khayelitsha, a slum packed full of makeshift dwellings that over a million South Africans called home. There I saw tremendous poverty and need, but I also saw what African Leadership was doing to address it. Leaders were being trained and developed. Community centers were being built and staffed. Children were being fed and provided daycare and schooling.

Later in the suburbs I met the National Director for pastor training. He was working with young people who desired to become more effective leaders for their churches and communities. They had been given the chance of a lifetime to gain a theological education they otherwise would have never received. In them, I recognized the young adults I worked with through The Southwestern Company — I saw the eagerness to learn, to better themselves, to grow into capable leaders. In myself I recognized I had something to offer them: the experience and skills acquired from so many years dedicated to building character in young people.

This realization was inspiring and impactful. In the years that followed, I used what I knew to help grow African Leadership and the Kingdom in Africa. And the more I gave, the more I got. I experienced the joy of serving; I gained cross cultural experience that in turn strengthened me professionally; and I made lifelong friends in Africa who are more like me than I would have thought, family oriented people who just want to live peacefully and improve the lives of their families and communities.

The strengths, skills and expertise I had to give, the assets you have to give, can have so much more impact than you can imagine, and getting started is as easy as knowing what you are good at. We are called to build the global church, but no church grows on money alone. It requires time and effort and wisdom and willingness to open yourself up to what the Lord might possibly say when you ask, “What do I have to give?” Responding honestly to this question led to one of the most rewarding experiences of my life — serving as the Chairman of the Board of African Leadership.

What do you have to give?

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JANUARY 2019 PRAYER GUIDE

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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 NIV

Tues 1- Praise God for His guidance and direction for this ministry!  Praise Him for His provision through our many supporters, like you! 

Wed 2- Pray for Allan Knowles, Country Director for South Africa, as he continues to teach and mentor the students who are part of our theological education program there. 

Thu 3- Pray for Tito Oturo, Country Director for Sudan/South Sudan as he serves the men and women taking part in our theological education program while living in refugee resettlement areas in Northern Uganda.

Fri 4- Pray for God's provision for Denis Hangi, our Country Director in DRC, as he is in need of a vehicle and repairs to his church building.  He has also asked us to pray for safety for him and his family as there have been robberies and killings in his city. 

Sat 5- Praise God for our partners on the ground in Africa; for their diligence, their integrity, and their desire to see their communities thrive!

Sun 6- Pray for Geoffrey Ocan, Country Director for Uganda, as he continues to teach, train and mentor the men and women in our programs there. 

Mon 7- Please pray for healing over Mezack Nkundabantu, Country Director for Rwanda and Burundi.  Pastor Mezack was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.  He has come to the U.S. for medical care and has his first appointment today.  We are trusting God with Mezack for his healing. 

“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.” Psalm 17:6

Tue 8 - Please pray for the spouses and families of our partners in Africa.  May they know God's presence and peace, protection and provision. 

Wed 9- Praise God for our impact partner The Mocha Club and the influencers 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. 

Thu 10- Praise God for the two water projects being implemented in Rwanda.  Pray for the Muhanga community and the Pygmies who are the recipients of these projects. 

Fri 11- 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. 

Sat 12- Praise God for our Board of Directors who generously invest in this ministry with their time, talent and treasures! Pray for them as they have their first meeting of 2019 today.

Sun 13- Please pray for our U.S. staff; for health, encouragement, and passion to continue to serve God in this ministry.

Mon 14- Praise God for our Country Director in Ethiopia, Asrat Gizaw, as he celebrates his birthday today with family and friends!  Please pray 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 15- Pastor Mezack Nkundabantu, our Country Director in Rwanda & Burundi is praying the Lord will bring an individual to take over his church responsibilities by the middle of 2019.  Please pray with him in this matter. 

Wed 16- Pray for Jonathan Titus-Williams, Country Director in Sierra Leone, as he serves the teachers and students of our program there. Please pray for physical and spiritual strength for Jonathan and for his Board of Directors to continue to be a support to him.

”For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:11-12 NIV

Thu 17- Please pray for the Fabulous Friends for Africa as they prepare to host their 12th Annual Valentines Party on February 9 in support of African Leadership. 

Fri 18- Pray for Leonard Chipangano, Country Director for Malawi, as he serves the students and teachers in our theological education program there.   

Sat 19- Praise God for the Spread The Word program which raises funds to equip our theological education students with Study Bibles! 

Sun 20- 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.

Mon 21- Pray for the women and children who are taking part in one of our trauma-healing programs. Pray for those who have been through a program, that they would continue down the path of healing. 

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

Tue 22- 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 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. 

Thu 24- Praise God for the many men and women who graduated in 2018 from our theological education program!  Pray for these alumni to be agents of change and transformation in their communities.

Fri 25- Pray for success in the growth of the 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.

Sat 26- 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. 

Sun 27- 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.

Mon 28- Pray for peace in South Sudan! Pray for classes which continue in areas of great instability inside South Sudan. Pray for safety & provision for our teachers and students as they gather to meet and learn the Word of God. 

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1:18-19a NIV

Tue 29- Praise God for Mezack Nkundabantu, our Country Director for Rwanda & Burundi, as he celebrates his birthday today with family and friends!  We continue to pray healing for Pastor Mezack so he can continue to serve God with his life!

Wed 30- Pray for those who will take part in the 2019 Mocha Club Journey to Kenya in June.  We trust God to bring together those individuals He wants to be a part of this team. 

Thu 31- Please pray for the staff and students at New Dawn Educational Centre in the Huruma slum outside Nairobi, Kenya.  Pray for unity and endurance as they teach and are taught. 

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End-Of-Year Opportunities

There are so many ways to add impact to your Christmas shopping! Check out our options and find the perfect fit for the ones you love.

At African Leadership, we know that communities rise and fall based on leadership. That is why we’ve made the choice to invest in pastors and church leaders that are actively bettering their communities. 

We work to bring their dreams to life by teaching them how to assess and enact transformative solutions for their communities like creating Bible studies, trauma healing groups, and physical care for the least among them.

Additionally, you can know this impact will last because we’ve built a network of local leaders across the continent to continue to pursue and contend together. Sharpening one another. Dreaming together. Thriving regardless of their circumstances. 


Join us in building thriving communities by investing and equipping the local leadership.

 

Check out our impact to date and catch a glimpse of the next 3 years!

 

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December 2018 Prayer Guide

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And pray in the Spirit on all occasions will 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

Sat 1- Praise God for our partners on the ground in Africa!  Please pray for some restful time with their families during the holiday season since most of them are traveling a lot during the year.  

Sun 2- Please pray for healing over Mezack Nkundabantu, Country Director for Rwanda and Burundi.  Pastor Mezack was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.  We are trusting God with him for healing!

Mon 3- Pray for Tito Oturo, Country Director for Sudan/South Sudan as he holds his first child trauma-healing workshop.  The first section begins tomorrow as he trains the adults who will facilitate the program and then the children will be present December 10-14.  Pray the Holy Spirit shows up in a mighty way to minister to both the adults and children who are part of this program. 

Tue 4- 
Pray for God's provision for Denis Hangi, our Country Director in DRC, as he is in need of a vehicle and repairs to his church building.  He has also asked us to pray for safety for him and his family as there have been robberies and killings in his city. 

Wed 5- Pray for Allan Knowles, Country Director for South Africa, as he continues to teach and mentor the students who are part of our theological education program there. 

Thu 6- Pray for Geoffrey Ocan, Country Director for Uganda, as he continue to teach, train and mentor the men and women in our programs there. 

Fri 7- Please pray for the Fabulous Friends for Africa as they prepare to host their 12th Annual Valentines Party in support of African Leadership. 

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT

Sat 8- 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. 

Sun 9- Praise God for our impact partner The Mocha Club and the influencers 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. 

Mon 10- Praise God for the 2 water projects which will be implemented in the coming weeks in Rwanda.  Pray for the Muhanga community and the Pygmies who are the recipients of these projects.

Tue 11- 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. 

Wed 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. 

Thu 13- Praise God for our Board of Directors who generously invest in this ministry with their time, talent and treasures! 

Fri 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.

Sat 15- Please pray for a recent graduate in South Africa who feels called to pastor a church.  He is married with two children, occupies a fulltime job and is taking additional theological courses at night.  Please pray for wisdom to manage his time wisely and to lead with a humble, servant attitude.  

Sun 16- Pray for Jonathan Titus-Williams, Country Director in Sierra Leone, as he serves the teachers and students of our program there. Please pray for physical and spiritual strength for Jonathan and for his Board of Directors to continue to be a support to him.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  Colossians 3:15 NIV

Mon 17- Pray for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo as elections to replace President Joseph Kabila are held on the 23rd.  

Tue 18- Pray for Leonard Chipangano, Country Director for Malawi, as he continues to be in need of a new vehicle after his was totaled in an accident last year.  Pray for him as he serves the students and teachers in our theological education program there.   

Wed 19- Praise God for the Spread The Word program which raises funds to equip our theological education students with Study Bibles! 

Thu 20- 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.

Fri 21- Pray for the women and children who are taking part in one of our trauma-healing programs. Pray for those who have been through a program, that they would continue down the path of healing. 

“We constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.” 2 Thessalonians 1:11 NIV

Sat 22- 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 23- Please pray for God's favor on this ministry as the end of 2018 draws near.  May He see fit to lead many to support this work financially

Mon 24- Praise God for being "Immanuel, God with us.” Matthew 1:23

Tue 25- "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased." Luke 2:13-14  

Wed 26- 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. 

“I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Philemon 1:6 NIV

Thu 27- 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.

Fri 28- Pray for peace in South Sudan! Pray for classes which continue in areas of great instability inside South Sudan. Pray for safety & provision for our teachers and students as they gather to meet and learn the Word of God. 

Sat 29- Pray for success in the growth of the 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.

Sun 30- 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.

Mon 31- Praise God for all He has done in 2018!  Please pray for God's guidance and provision in 2019.

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This is the Global Church in Uganda

Meet Geoffrey. He is another leader in the community you are a part of through African Leadership. For the last 20 years, he has fought tirelessly to see Uganda flourish from the inside out. Despite war, poverty, refugee crises, and abduction, Geoffrey passionately believes Ugandans can dream and develop a thriving country if they learn, work, and problem solve together. He is unwavering in his dream to see the next generation of Ugandans start from a more sustainable, stable, and successful place than he did.

He is playing the part he is uniquely made for and gifted to play. Geoffrey and his wife Jennifer are dedicated and tremendously gifted teachers. Remember that one teacher who was crazy about what they taught and their passion seemed to spill over to you? That’s Geoffrey and Jennifer. They use that passion and energy to push and encourage the next generation of leaders to dream and build thriving, sustainable communities.

Thank you for walking alongside men and women like Geoffrey and Jennifer. There are many roles in this global church community and we couldn’t make this kind of impact without you.

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Equipping saints to see their communities thrive

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When we work together to equip the saints, communities change for the better. With time, these communities across Africa and the people in them begin to thrive. They live lives with the hope of the Gospel, where dreams for development and maturity can be pursued. To us, this is success – where pastors and church leaders are biblically literate and theologically sound and plans for community maturity and growth (spiritually, emotionally, and physically) can be defined. We have story after story of where this has happened. Let us tell you one.

In a rural area outside Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, Jesus Calls church cares for community members from the surrounding 22 villages. They foster the area’s ability to thrive by providing:

 

  • An orphan care program providing 69 orphans with maize flour, home cooking, soap, and other basic necessities

  • A nursery school attending to 121 children

  • Tuition for 15 orphans to receive secondary school education

  • Bible study programs and counseling for 89 women living with HIV/AIDS, in addition to the provision of a garden that grows vegetables to help them maintain proper nutrition

  • An under-5 clinic open to the community’s children

  • An outreach group ministering to 35 widows

But this area did not look so hopeful in 2012. At that time, Chipiliro Jentala Phiri was the pastor of a small church of about 40 people in Chankhungu, Malawi. When he started his education with African Leadership he shared a bit of his heart and why he was pursuing this education. He explained: “After seeing the problems my community was facing, I felt a burden in my heart to do something about it.”

In the years since graduating from African Leadership’s program in Malawi, he has marveled at what his church has grown into. As Pastor Chipiliro’s understanding of Scripture deepened, so did his ability to articulate a biblical worldview to his church members. As he grew in his own maturity, he invited others to participate with him. His church grew from 40 people to 421 members. And as they contended with one another for transformation, they grew their passion for caring for the community around them. They started initiatives like an orphan care program, a nursery school, secondary school support, Bible study groups for women with HIV/AIDS and widows, and an under-5 health clinic for the smallest among them. 

While these developments can be traced back to the heart of ONE church leader in Africa, they are not his alone to celebrate. A church in Nashville, Tennessee approved the funding that allowed Pastor Chipiliro to learn about community dreaming and planning – and he went on to teach this class to others. A group of ten 60-year-old women threw a birthday party fundraiser that subsidized the books, study Bible, and network in Malawi that discipled and mentored Pastor Chipiliro for three years. A woman who survived the genocide in Rwanda leveraged her skills to teach Pastor Chipiliro and others about trauma care and healing techniques. These are the achievements of the global Church as we contend for the faith of our brothers and sisters across the continent of Africa.

This is just one example of what success looks like in this work. We are currently working with over 5,500 local pastors and community leaders in Africa – people just like Pastor Chipiliro -- who are dreaming of how to equip the saints and see their communities thrive. We provide them education and a framework to act on their dreams in their unique context. But they are only half the story. Just like those ten women throwing their birthday party, partners like you are needed in these stories and solutions. We need you to contend for the faith God has entrusted to us. Together we pursue. Together we equip. Together we thrive.

P.S. When we work together, each playing our role, we transform the world. Learn some more examples of where we have seen the global church have impact here.

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November 2018 Prayer Calendar

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"God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil." - Mother Teresa

Thu 1- Please pray for the thirteen South Sudanese teachers attending the lay trauma-healing training workshop in a refugee camp in Northern Uganda. Pray for Geoffrey Ocan & Tito Oturo 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.

Fri 2- Pray safety and traveling mercies for Allan Knowles, Country Director for South Africa, as he has been visiting supporters in the U.S. Pray also for his wife Lorraine as she continues serving their network in his absence.

Sat 3- Pray for Leonard Chipangano, Country Director in Malawi, and those teaching and attending two new Handbook classes this fall.

Sun 4- Praise God for the success of the lay trauma workshop held recently in Goma, Congo which brought together twenty teachers to be trained in this new curriculum.  Pastor Mezack from Rwanda joined Denis in Congo to teach and facilitate the training and were greatly encouraged by the response. 

Mon 5- Pray for Mezack Nkundabantu, Country Director for Rwanda and Burundi, as he spends much of this month traveling in both Rwanda and Burundi.  Please pray for safety and traveling mercies. 

Tue 6- Please continue to pray for complete healing for Geoffrey Ocan, Country Director for Uganda, whose leg was broken in an accident back in May.  He is now able to walk, but is still experiencing pain. 

Wed 7- Praise God for the Spread The Word program which raises funds to equip our theological education students with NIV Study Bibles! 

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

Thu 8- 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.

 Fri 9- Praise God for our impact partner The Mocha Club and the influencers 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. 

Sat 10- 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.

Sun 11- Praise God for Denis Hangi who celebrates his birthday today!  Please pray for Denis, our Country Director in DRC, as he continues to serve the men and women in our theological education and trauma-healing programs there.

Mon 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. Pray for the planning and execution of the teacher development training workshops on lay trauma-healing taking place in November and December. 

Tue 13- Praise God for our Board of Directors who generously invest in this ministry with their time, talent and treasures! 

Wed 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.

“Arise Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.  Do not forget the helpless.” Psalm 10:12 NIV

Thu 15- Please pray for God’s guidance and provision for our ministry plans for 2019. 

Fri 16- Pray for Jonathan Titus-Williams, Country Director in Sierra Leone, as he serves the teachers and students of our program there. 

Sat 17- 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. 

Sun 18- Pray for Leonard Chipangano, Country Diretor in Malawi, as he and some of his teachers begin a development workshop on metrics tomorrow. 

Mon 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. 

Tue 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.  

Wed 21- Pray for the women and children who are taking part in one of our trauma-healing programs. Pray for those who have been through a program, that they would continue down the path of healing

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:26 NIV

Thu 22- Happy Thanksgiving!

"Give Thanks to the Lord, for He is Good! His love endures forever!" Psalm 136:1 NIV 

We pray you and your family experience the gift of faith and the blessing of hope this Thanksgiving!

Fri 23- Praise God for answering our prayers for African Leadership Congo which has received their national registration!  

Sat 24- 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.  

Sun 25- Pray for success in the growth of the 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.

Mon 26- 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.

“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

Tue 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. 

Wed 28- Please pray for those who God will call to travel to Africa with us in the coming year.  Pray they will hear God's voice and heed His call. 

Thu 29- Praise God for Tito who celebrates his birthday today! Please continue to pray for him as he serves as Country Director for Sudan & South Sudan.  Pray for the planning of the upcoming child trauma-healing workshop. Pray God directs him to the right teachers to include and the right children to work with.

Fri 30- 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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Changing the Conversation - Listen now!

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You’ve heard us say before how much we learn from Africa. And we’re always looking for ways to share what we’ve experienced. So we're excited to announce the launching of our podcast Changing the Conversation!

We believe the greatest asset we have is our love.  But how do we best love others? On our podcast, “Changing the Conversation”, we take time to explore a variety of topics to challenge our perspective in pursuit of better loving people and the world around us. We sit down with artists, writers, country leaders, CEOs and more to consider a different way of looking at a situation by taking the time to listen.

African Leadership Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to educating world-changing leaders all over the continent of Africa.  Mocha Club, an impact partner of African Leadership, focuses on creating a community of givers who can leverage their assets to support these leaders as they build healthy, more sustainable communities in Africa.

Episode 001: “Why are you here?”

Did you know there are 350 new podcasts launching EVERY DAY?! Emily Blackledge and Fallon Klug kick off the “Changing the Conversation” podcast by answering the question each new listener asks “Why are you here?” We hope that our common dreams of making the world a better place, our listeners will see these conversations as important & inspiring. Brought to you by African Leadership and the Mocha Club.

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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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