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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 5th March 2019

PRAYERMATE

Gafcon's Prayer Network leader Johnny Lockwood is introducing the Prayermate app to help keep the Gafcon family up to date with news from around the world. This is a very useful app for organising daily prayer on your smartphone.

Go to http://praynow4.org/gafcon  to find instructions for how to get the Prayermate app. Then 'subscribe' to the Gafcon feed. It is a free app and a free subscription. You can also use the QR code below.

NEW ITEMS FOR PRAYER

URGENT PRAYER NEEDED: Reverend Idris Jatau has been killed by suspected kidnappers in Sokoto State, Nigeria. His family are being held by the abductors. Please pray for safety for his family and that they will be released soon. We will post updates as soon as we have news.

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.

 

ONGOING PRAYER

General Elections for Nigeria

  • Nigeria's Christians face escalating attacks by Islamist militants in the lead-up to the general elections
  • 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.

 

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 celebrated its first same-sex wedding at the end of 2018.
    • 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 announced guidance on liturgies to celebrate gender transition at the end of 2018.
      • 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."

     

     

    Praise God

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

    • This conference was for those who were excluded from attending Jerusalem in June this year.
    • Praise God almost all of the visas were granted with only a few rejections.
    • 130 delegates, staff and presenters attended.
    • The delegates were encouraged to stand firm and witness Christ faithfully in their 'restricted situations'.

    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 after voting 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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