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“So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.” Matt. 27:66

Wednesday, April 23

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Africa

Africa MapI will set up my covenant with you and your descendants after you in every generation as an enduring covenant. I will be your God and your descendants’ God after you. (Gen. 17:7 CEB)

 

If ever you are worried about the future of the church, take a trip to Africa. The common experience in the West of congregations facing declining numbers and having difficulty attracting youth is seldom the case here. Most of the churches that PC(USA) partners with in Africa are simply bursting at the seams and filled with young people passionately engaged in ministry. In the 20th century, the number of Christians in Africa jumped from an estimated 8 or 9 million in 1900 (8–9 percent of the population) to some 335 million by 2000 (45 percent), marking a shift in Christianity’s center of gravity.

Let us join in prayer for:

Partners/Ministries

Project for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA): Rev. Dr. Johnson Mbillah, director, Rev. Angele Dogbe Wilson, women’s coordinator

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Alexandra Zareth Canales Gonzales, PMA
Theresa Goodlin, PMA

Let us pray

Lord God, thank you for the growth of the church in Africa and the millions of lives it touches with your love. Be with the African churches and their leaders as they holistically proclaim the gospel through witness, service, and advocacy. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 99; 147:1-11
First Reading Exodus 12:40-51
Second Reading 1 Corinthians (15:29) 30-41
Gospel Reading Matthew 28:1-16
Evening Psalms 9; 118

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