Jul 23, 2011

All Night Long!

More than 300 intercessors are spending the whole night in prayer together here in Rubavu ahead of tomorrow's festival kick-off.  They have been fasting and praying on site since Thursday.  I can't wait to see how God answers our prayer throughout this whole week of mission. 

2 Chronicles 7:14 "And My people who are called by name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."  That is a sure promise!

One may preach and be unreal, but one cannot pray and remain unreal.  For the prayer that reaches heaven is one born from a heart's communion with the Holy Spirit.  True prayer arouses in the heart love, peace, joy, patience, wisdom, trust, sincerity, courage, and compassion- all that is divine.  To be forgiven is divine.  For humanity to be saved therefore it must be by prayer born out of communion with the Holy Spirit. 

The success of our evangelistic work here in Rubavu, Rwanda this week is entirely dependent on obedient intercession of God's people all around the world. For prayer is the power-room of all Christian service that is worthy of the name. If we do not believe that, we shall never accomplish anything.  Time given to prayer will yeald more than that given to work. 

To quote Andrew Murray, "If we will but believe in God and His faithfulness, intercession will become to us the very first thing we take refuge in when we seek blessing for others, and the very last thing for which we cannot find time. Between our impotence and God's Omnipotence, intercession is the blessed link." 

Jul 22, 2011

Outpouring of Prayer in Rubavu

Our team arrived here in Rubavu, Rwanda safely. We are all healthy and renewed. The work has started. ‎300 local intercessors are fasting and praying on the site of the Festival Thursday through Sunday, which is when the weeklong festival events kick off. That is powerful!

Churches of all stripes are united in purpose and in prayer (Anglicans, Baptists, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Charismatic congregations, etc). That is nothing short of a miracle in this day and age of theological polarization. God working! 


Continue to pray with us that God's mighty anointing will work through us to draw thousands to Christ. Pray for utterance to be given to us to make manifest the work and the glory of Christ. Rubavu is a city with a 40% Muslim population, the most concentration of Muslims in all of Rwanda. The Mayor is Muslim and so are a number of public officials.
 
Thankfully, many of them will be attending our events including a special dinner we have planned for the business community that will include the Mayor and regional Governor. Pray for God to change their hearts and the heart of this community. 
 
From the balcony of my hotel room, about a mile away, I can see the city of Goma which is in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  It is a much troubled city that has seen the worst of days in recent years. Hundreds of its residents will be drooping across the border to this side to participate in the Festival events.  Pray that this is the beginning of a mighty revival that brings the fresh wind and fresh fire of the Spirit that heals the wounds of this region.
 
Finally, continue to pray for the outstanding financial provision to help us complete this mission successfully.  If you can, please click on the donate button on the right side panel of this page and follow the link to a secure donation site.  
 
O Lord our God, it is for your glory!  O Lord our God, pour out your Mighty Spirit to heal and to save the lost in Rubavu and Goma.  For you are our hope.  Our firm foundation.  My soul delights in obeying your commands.  I hasten to follow you in your mission for the salvation of humankind.  Our Lord and God, do a new thing in Rubavu that sinners and unbelievers will marvel and therefore repent and glorify you! 

Jul 18, 2011

Commissioned to Tell

On the Galilean mountain near Jerusalem, Jesus commissioned His 11 disciples to go and make disciples of all the nations of the earth (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:1-14). Their commissioning was both specific and representative.  Specific in the sense that it applied to them in their time and generation. 

Following Jesus' ascention and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit of promise, they were to go forth in power, proclaiming the advent of the Kingdom of God to all nations.  They were to speak of the things that they had seen with their eyes, heard with their ears, and handled with their hands as they walked with Jesus (1 John 1:1-4).  They would provide a firsthand account of the life, death, resurrection, ascention and soon return of the King of Kings and LORD of Lords.

Pray for our team of seven as we travel to Rwanda.
In this picture team members Kimberly Wolf, Judy Chase,
Sammy Wanyonyi, Richard Munala, and Blair Carlson. 
Not included are Robert Siakamoto and Derek Simpson.
But it was also representative in the sense that they were forerunners in the collective mission of the Church world-wide to be born a few weeks later. Those who would heed the call to repentence and to followership of Jesus Christ were expected to carry forward the good news of Salvation.  That two thousand years later their is a vibrant church in the world speaks to the faithfulness of these men and women.

Today, that commission stands just as true, forceful, and urgent for followers of Jesus Christ.  It is not an isolated or selective call.  It is not even optional.  It is forceful and comprehensive.  All who claim Christ as their Lord must listen to and obey His command to go and make disciples of all nations.  We all, must go forth in the power and dominion of the Holy Spirit.  We too must work the works of God in demonstration of His power.  

It is urgent that we do so given the incredible unbelief that characterizes our generation.  Ours is a generation marked by idolatry, unbelief, immorality and deception of unequaled propotions. Unless the gospel of Christ is proclaimed and embraced, we will all likewise perish. 

How that obedience looks for one follower of Christ may not be the same for the next.  But the end result is always the same...new disciples for Jesus Christ.

In less than 48 hours, with a team of seven others we will be sitting on a plane and flying some 12000 miles to share this same Good News of the Kingdom with thousands of people at the heart of Africa, in Rubavu Rwanda.  This is how I have been called and equipped to make disciples for Christ.  I have been called and equipped to tell it on the mountaintops that Jesus Christ is Lord and to call everyone to belief.  Will you stand with us and pray for our team?  Perhaps this is how Christ has wired you in your journey of obedience...to intercede.  We need your obedience.

With a short time left before we depart, we still have an $ 8000 need to help us complete the mission successfully.  Will you pray with me that full provision will be realized over the next few hours?