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Fuel for Prayer

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

Updated January 7th January 2019

 

NEW ITEMS FOR PRAYER

Archbishop Ben Kwashi - Gafcon's New General Secretary

  • Please pray for Archbishop Ben as he settles into his new role and juggles his busy schedule.
  • Please pray for Mama Gloria as she supports Ben in this vital job.

Bishop Love, the bishop of Albany

  • Please pray for Bishop Bill Love as he continues to remain faithful to the Scriptures and the bible's definition of marriage.
  • Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church (TEC, USA) Michael Curry has issued a letter in response to Bishop Love's Pastoral Directive letter from 10th November 2018.
  • Bishop Michael writes:

During the period of this restriction, Bishop Love, acting individually, or as Bishop Diocesan, or in any other capacity, is forbidden from participating in any manner in the Church’s disciplinary process in the Diocese of Albany in any matter regarding any member of the clergy that involves the issue of same-sex marriage. 

Nor shall he participate in any other matter that has or may have the effect of penalizing in any way any member of the clergy or laity or worshipping congregation of his Diocese for their participation in the arrangements for or participation in a same-sex marriage in his Diocese or elsewhere.

  • Please pray for Bishop Love to keep standing firm and to be encouraged in his faithfulness to the authority of the bible.

General Elections for Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Please join with us in prayer for the DRC, a strong leader to succeed Joseph Kabila, for peace and for an effective response to the Ebola crisis
  • In the run up to the DRC general elections there were violent protests and attacks by rebels, resulting in many fatalities. The country has also been hit by an outbreak of Ebola, and the attacks are hindering an effective response.
  • The election commission announced that the publication of the election results, due to be on 6th January, has been postponed. Please continue to pray for the DRC during this very uncertain time.

 

ONGOING PRAYER

G19 conference in Dubai: 25th February to 1st March

  • This conference is for those who were excluded from attending Jerusalem in June this year.
  • 130 delegates, staff and presenters are expected to attend. Please pray for successful planning for flights and visas.
  • The speakers as they prepare their teaching sessions and seminars.
  • That the delegates would be encouraged to stand firm and witness Christ faithfully in 'restricted situations'.

 

Gafcon Ireland - Planting and Partnering

Gafcon Ireland recently had their annual 2-day residential, and this year the focus was on planting churches and partnering. Their aim is to plant 50 churches over the next 50 years!

Here are their prayer requests:

  • Pray for urgency – for the time is short.
  • Pray for patience – for it is the Lord’s work.
  • Pray for and give financial support – for that is what gospel fellowship means.
  • Pray for church planters who are PREPARED and able for the work.
  • Pray for (or provide) accommodation for church planters.
  • Pray for churches whose affections and hearts, are lifted up to the Lord in love for God by his word 

 
Revisionists step up pressure for same-sex marriage and gender transition

  • The Anglican Episcopal Church in Brazil has celebrated its first same-sex wedding.
    • Please pray for bible-based witness in Brazil through the Anglican Church in Brazil, a Gafcon province.
    • The Church of England's House of Bishops has announced guidance on liturgies to celebrate gender transition.
      • In reponse, Bishop Andy Lines (Gafcon's missionary bishop for Europe) has issued a statement saying: "In doing this, the House of Bishops has denied the teaching of Jesus Christ, not least by rejecting His word, "He who created them from the beginning made them male and female." (Matt 19:4) in favour of celebrating a self-created identity."

     

    General Elections for Nigeria

    • Nigeria's Christians could face escalating attacks by Islamist militants in the lead-up to the general election on 16th February.
    • Please pray that the Nigerian government would provide security for Christian farmers in the north, who are being killed and driven from their homes by heavily armed Fulani herdsmen.

     

    Praise God

    Dr Peter Jensen - 10 years at the helm

    • On 1st January Dr Peter Jensen stepped down as General Secretary of Gafcon.
    • We thank God for Peter’s faithful and courageous leadership of Gafcon for the past 10 years and we are grateful that we will not be losing him altogether as he will remain a Gafcon Guarantor and will lead the Theological Education Network.

    The Bishop of Ahoada, Clement Ekpeye, has been released!

    • On 18th December Bishop Clement was kidnapped by unknown gunmen, and on 22nd December he was released.
    • Praise God for keeping Bishop Clement safe!

    Rwanda joins Nigeria and Uganda

    • Archbishop Laurent Mbanda and the bishops of Rwanda have joined Uganda and Nigeria in declining to attend the Lambeth 2020 conference, unless the Anglican Church in North America and the Anglican Church in Brazil are invited.
    • Please praise God for the courageous stand of the Rwandan bishops.

     

     
    More praise and prayer requests:

    • The churches in New Zealand who are leaving the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.
    • Two new Gafcon Primates - Archbishop Justin Badi, South Sudan and Archbishop Tito, Chile.
    • Wisdom for the members of Westhill Community Church in the run up to voting on the decision to split from the Scottish Episcopal Church.
    • The 9 strategic Networks are growing and continuing to proclaim Christ faithfully to the nations 6 months after the launch in Jerusalem this year.

     

    Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonions 5:16-18

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