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Every church that does not do mission must close

The recent Francophone Africa Consultation (CRAF 2017) provided ample evidence that God is challenging the church to commit herself more deeply to mission and discipleship in francophone Africa. Faith2Share was delighted to be represented there by Captain Timothy Mazimpaka (Church Army), who reported on the following highlights:Mission in the Local Church (Younoussa Djao)Mission is what God does to bring human beings to Himself. Every church that does not do mission must close. The purpose of man in God’s mission agenda...

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Doctors’ strike in Kenya ended through church arbitration

Kenya’s health system was paralysed by a 100-day strike by doctors over pay and conditions. The government was unable to resolve the dispute and a trusted intermediary was required so the church was called in to arbitrate. Both the Anglican Church of Kenya and the Catholic Church played a vital role in bringing about a solution, explained Rev. John Mark Oduor, Provincial Director of Missions for the Anglican Church of Kenya, during today’s visit to our offices.Rev. Oduor told us...

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The Fruit of Faithfulness

One of the joys of the Faith2Share network is to hear inspiring stories from our members and partners, who often work in some of the most challenging locations. Last week Bisoke Balikenga (pictured with Nicki, Faith2Share Administrator), visited our office and told us about his ministry in Eastern Congo, especially in the areas of peace-building and the empowerment of women and young people. It was humbling to hear how Bisoke, a local partner of Faith2Share member Church Mission Society, is...

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The Cost of Discipleship in Egypt

The cost of following Christ in the Middle East and North Africa was once more underlined with the savage bombing on Sunday of Coptic Christians in Egpyt. Two separate explosions targeted St George’s Coptic church in Tanta and St Mark’s Coptic church in Alexandria on a day when worshippers were celebrating the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. The BBC reported that as many as 44 people were killed in the attacks, including several police officers.In a statement Bishop...

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First Arab Anglican Bishop for North Africa

In a moving ceremony at All Saints Cathedral, Cairo, on 27 February, Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis consecrated Rev. Samy Fawzy Shehata as the first Arab Anglican area bishop for North Africa.Bishop Samy succeeds Bishop Bill Musk, who had presided over the diocese encompassing Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya since 2008.The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, sent his congratulations and praised the Diocese of Egypt for its role as a bridge between Muslims and Christians as well as between the various Christian...

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Donkey Work for God

‘I’ve learnt that missionary work is not just about preaching and teaching the Bible alone’ says Okiki of Faith2Share member iServe Africa, ‘There is also donkey work i.e. weeding, spraying crops, tilling the land, sowing, repairing punctures, etc., to instil a work ethic into the community … Here, work is viewed as a bad thing and the men would rather sit down under a tree for the whole week, playing the same games.’Okiki therefore models hard work to demonstrate the...

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The Joy of Reading

'I am happy to have discovered this centre to learn to read and write' says a grateful graduate from a Congolese literacy centre. 'I can now read the Bible and understand the word of God in order to grow spiritually. I am trying to convince others to learn to read and write because it is important for social and spiritual life. Besides, it was through that literacy centre that I received Jesus as Lord and Saviour because we are taught...

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Victims of Rape in D.R. Congo Find Comfort

'I was raped by militiamen and then rejected by my husband and family.' said one of many female victims of sexual violence in D.R. Congo. 'The training I received in tailoring has helped me to take control of my situation. I praise God for the spiritual comfort I received through local Christians. Now I feel more at ease because I am stable both spiritually and economically. Even without the support of a husband and wider family, I am able to...

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The Workplace is My Pulpit

Titus Oludotun Kumapayi of Faith2Share member Church of Nigeria Missionary Society writes, 'In 1991, during a training session at Haggai Institute in Singapore, I had the conviction not to take church ordination but to sit at my architectural table and use my training for evangelism, soul winning and discipleship. So in my office each day began with 30 minutes of prayer and Bible exposition. As the fellowship grew, some of the staff members came to me seeking counsel about their...

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Healing for Victims of Violence in D.R. Congo

It is well known that The Democratic Republic Congo has witnessed terrible armed conflict in recent years. But it is not generally understood that violence against women and girls, exacerbated by the fighting, has continued even after the end of hostilities.Sadly, some elements of traditional culture facilitate violence against women but Christians are involved in bringing hope and healing to victims.The Centre of Non-Violence for Reconciliation and Peace (CNVRP), a department of the Anglican Church in Congo, has organized training...

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Collaboration Key to Miraculous Transformation

'When our team first went to share the gospel with the people of Godo, Dankpen in Togo, the local people kept their distance' writes Ngozi of Faith2Share member Church of Nigeria Missionary Society. ‘A number of young people, however, came to listen and ask questions and 44 of them came to faith. They were mostly subsistence farmers. The men wore dirty, torn clothing while the women and children were virtually naked most of the time. They now testify to God’s...

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African Mission Thinkers Gather in Nairobi

Faith2Share’s Timothy Mazimpaka brought together a number of missionary practitioners and thinkers in Nairobi recently to consider theological frameworks for African mission. Dr. Aila Tasse underlined the need to empower church plants in pioneer contexts and discussed the influence of the fear of ‘the other’. Duncan Olumbe gave a historical overview of mission in Africa and posed the question of how current African mission should be documented. Olumbe also delivered a talk on the cost of collaboration while inviting delegates...

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Healthy Christmas

"Noel en Sante" has been the message that missionaries in Chad have been taking to the people of Domballa for the past few days. It means "Healthy Christmas". The missionaries from the Church of Nigeria Missionary Society (CNMS, part of the Anglican Church) planned this special programme to show that the Saviour whom we receive at Christmas brings us health and wholeness. During the programme local people received medical assistance, new clothes and soap, food assistance and textbooks for teaching...

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Gospel Transformation in Village Life

“The first time our team went there to share the gospel, the women and children kept their distance from us,” says Ngozi of Faith2Share member Church of Nigeria Missionary Society. “Only the young men and one older man came to listen and ask questions. About forty-four of the young people prayed to accept Jesus. They were subsistence farmers and always wore dirty clothes. After some of them accepted the gospel, we saw internal and external transformation. Many of them now...

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“Putting me on the right track, giving me a wider family”

Ngozi Nwosu (Church of Nigeria Missionary Society) attended both our previous conference in Nigeria and last month’s gathering in Ghana. Faith2Share’s Anton Ponomarev asked her how she had benefitted from the consultations. Watch the 3-minute interview on our YouTube channel. “During the consultation I was really enriched spiritually," Ngozi says, "and the work we were doing in Togo was also blessed through my attendance. There are many voices speaking and one is bound to get confused if one is...

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New Foundations for Growing Kenyan Ministry

Faith2Share member iServe Africa literally laid new foundations for a new phase in their growing ministry recently, with practical help and spiritual blessing from the Most Rev Dr Jackson N Ole Sapit. The ground-breaking ceremony was an important step in the expansion of this ministry under the visionary leadership of Harrison Mungai.iServe Africa offers university graduates one- and two-year training programmes focusing on servant leadership and faithful Bible teaching. Many of the teachers on the Ministry Training Course are alumni...

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Don't leave your bread in the oven!

“We need an ‘oven policy’”, said the delegates at Faith2Share’s recent Ghana Depth Discipleship Consultation. “When you bake bread you don’t leave it in the oven; you take it out and share it! And it’s the same with the good news; it’s for sharing with everyone around.”The Consultation, organized in collaboration with Torchbearers Mission and the Ghana Evangelical Missions Association, was a resounding success with 56 delegates from Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.There were sessions on a...

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Discipleship on the agenda in Ghana

This week Faith2Share has gathered over fifty mission leaders in Accra, Ghana. Their focus is on whole-life discipleship and each day they have been looking at how they can best equip West African Christians to live every day, and in every context, as Jesus would want them to. In addition to those from several different regions of Ghana there are also participants from Togo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Guinea. Several of these countries have lived through traumatic times in...

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Reading, writing and … miracles

“Let’s pray for healing in the name of Jesus”. These words were spoken not by a Christian but by Omary*, a Muslim primary school student whose Christian teachers had taught him about prayer in Jesus’ name. Omary’s friend was suffering with an eye problem which caused constant weeping but they knew how to pray. Omary’s friend was healed as they prayed together and word spread amongst the local community.Omary’s school, run by a Faith2Share member in Africa, has grown from...

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Church planting in Kenya

One Youth Ministry have recently planted two churches in the north of Kenya near Lodwar. In one area, seven people gave their lives to the Lord at an evening crusade. By the 17th day the church was operational with a congregation of 32 people including children. The other church is in its fifth month, having opened with seven members who are predominantly nomadic, but the area is set to grow, as a county health centre has recently opened. Please pray...

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South Sudan slips back into war

Despite bold hopes for peace in South Sudan it appears as if full scale war has once again broken out in Africa's newest nation, South Sudan. International news sources are reporting three days of hostilities between forces loyal to the President Salva Kiir and those supporting the Vice-President and other breakaway factions. The main fighting has been in and around Juba and has involved small arms fire, tanks and helicopter gunships. A local radio station, Radio Tamazuj, put the number...

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New centre to encourage peace and reconciliation in DR Congo

More than 76 young women, who have suffered during war and conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), are now being taught practical life skills, including sewing and needlework, on a site that will eventually become a multi-faceted centre to promote peace and reconciliation among young people in Bunia.It is still early days but plans for the centre are being spearheaded by Rev Bisoke Balikenga, who is national coordinator of the youth department for the Anglican Church of...

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Called to train evangelists?

Evangelists are the life blood of mission in Africa. They bring hope, light and transformation to many communities. Church Army Africa (CAA), a Faith2Share member agency, have been committed to training evangelists for over sixty years. Today they have trained and deployed evangelists in at least twelve countries in Africa.Now CAA are looking for a new Principal for their training college. Carlile College, in Nairobi, Kenya, has two thriving schools - the Church Army School of Mission Studies and the...

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Appreciation for Faith2Share from Kenya

Faith2Share’s Kenyan members again and again expressed their appreciation to Faith2Share as “a space to talk about mission and hear what is happening across the globe in relation to mission”. That was the feedback from the latest Faith2Share fellowship meeting for Kenyan members, held on 18 May at Church Army Africa’s headquarters in Nairobi.Faith2Share’s ‘Kenya chapter’ meets on a regular basis and is led by Timothy Mazimpaka, who is Faith2Share’s Africa coordinator, serving with mission agency Church Army Africa....

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MANI 2016 (in Addis) inspires African leaders

The Movement of African National Initiatives (MANI) has just held its strategic consultation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This event is held every five years and aims to celebrate what God is doing in and through the African Church. Faith2Share partners MANI as it inspires, challenges and equips mission leaders across the continent of Africa for leadership in contemporary mission.Faith2Share international director Mark Oxbrow, who was in Addis for the event, reports:"Bring together 500 mission church leaders from 51...

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