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
Gafcon seeks to proclaim the unchanging Gospel of Jesus Christ faithfully to the nations. We are greatly encouraged by the huge support in prayer that we receive, and it is wonderful to see how Gafon has grown over the last 10 years! To keep you updated, here are some matters for prayer to help fuel your prayers.
Updated September 19th
- Andy Lines's Commissioning as a Gafcon Missionary Bishop for Europe
After 18 years at Crosslinks, Andy Lines has joined Gafcon as Missionary Bishop for Europe. This is an exciting move for Andy and Mandy celecrated his commissioning last week, which was a wonderful evening looking back and giving thanks to God for Andy's service at Crosslinks, and looking forward to his new role and committing him and Mandy to God's service.
- East African Festival hosted by the ADNE and ACNA
Gafcon’s partners, the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and the Anglican Diocese of New England (ADNE) put on a superb 3-day festival which focused on strengthening the churches and looking forward to mission. Praise God for a wonderful 3 days and for the faithful teaching from Archbishop Jackson, Bishop Bill and Canon William Beasley of the ACNA’s Greenhouse Movement. Please pray that the churches in the dioceses will come together and have a heart for mission.
- Archbishop Glenn Davies and the churches in New Zealand
In May the General Synod of Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia (ACANZP) passed a resolution which would allow their churches to bless same-sex relationships. As a result of this 5 Parishes have now indicated that they are leaving the Province of the ACANZP and at least 10 clergy have recently resigned their positions. Archbishop Glenn Davies has addressed some of the leaders of the ACANZP, proposing ‘Distinctive Co-existence’ as a solution to the issues facing the Church after their Synod’s decision. The way forward isn’t clear yet but praise God for the faithfulness of the churches who are looking to step away from the ACANZP, and please pray for courage, guidance and strength for the future.
- Preparations for G19
Last month we announced that Gafcon will be running an additional conference for the delegates who were unable to make it at the last minute due to visa issues. We ask for your prayers that the planning and preparations would go well.
- Bishops Training Institute 4
From 1st – 10th October the fourth BTI will be held in Nairobi. Please pray for the successful planning of this event, for the practicalities and logistics, safe travels, the speakers as they prepare and for the hearts of the Bishops to be strengthened, encouraged and challenged to faithfully proclaim Christ to the nations.
- South Sudan
Earlier this month the Youth-Coordinator, Joseph Kiri, of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan was shot and killed near the village of Limbe while travelling to Yei. He was on his way to Limbe as part of his work with a church humanitarian project called Across. The NGO vehicle he was travelling in was shot by unknown gunmen. A few days later, the Archbishop Simon Akoi was killed in a tragic plane crash in Lake Yirol, also killing 18 others. This has been a devastating few weeks for South Sudan so please pray that the family of Joseph Kiri and Archbishop Simon Akoi will be strenghtened and comforted by God.
Please continue to pray:
- That the 9 Networks launched in Jerusalem would be adequately resourced. Please pray for the Network leaders as they draw up plans and budgets for each Network and for Canon Charles Raven, the Gafcon Membership Development Secretary, as he oversees the whole project. This is such a crucial initiative for Gafcon as we seek to expand our ability to proclaim the Gospel faithfully around the world.
- That the changeover of General Secretary and Chairman during the next 9 months would be smooth. The transition from Archbishop Peter Jensen as General Secretary to Archbishop Ben Kwashi will begin next month and needs to be complete when the former retires at the end of the year. Archbishop Foley Beach becomes Chairman next April and a period of transition will begin imminently.