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“Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” —Song 2:13

Saturday, May 2

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Africa, continued

 

Educate a Child, Transform the World (which aims to provide quality education for 1 million children by 2020) supports the work of PC(USA) partners in Africa who realize that a good education is one of the most effective ways to address the root causes of poverty and share the good news of Christ.

The Church of Central Africa Presbyterian manages around 1,000 schools in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. We are helping them improve teacher skills, address the needs of students with special needs, and mobilize community support. Our partners in Congo, the Presbyterian Church of Congo and the Presbyterian Church of Kinshasa, have more than 900 schools! The Congo Education Excellence Project of the Congo Mission Network—supported by regional liaison Jeff Boyd and mission coworker Gwenda Fletcher—works with both education departments to strengthen the schools in numerous ways, from teacher training to improved infrastructure and books.

Two of our partners engaged in Training Leaders for Community Transformation are the Evangelical Church of the Republic of Niger (EERN) and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY). They are passionate about training church leaders to do holistic ministry—accompanying evangelism with initiatives to address social needs. The EERN, with the assistance of mission worker Michael Ludwig, trains pastors as literacy teachers to address the national illiteracy rate of 71 percent. PC(USA)mission coworker Rachel Weller works with the Bethel Synods of the EECMY as they implement Community Health Evangelism, which integrates evangelism and discipleship with community health and development.

continued on May 4

Let us join in prayer for:

Partners/Ministries, continued

All Africa Conference of Churches: Rev. Dr. André Karamaga, general secretary, Bright Mawudor, deputy general secretary, Archbishop Valentine Mokiwa, president

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Michael Gray, BOP
Rev. Bridgett Green, PPC

Let us pray

God of compassion and grace, be with our African partners as they courageously address violence against women and children, struggle to provide Christian education despite scant resources, and boldly proclaim the good news of Jesus while addressing urgent social needs. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 92; 149
First Reading Jeremiah 31:23-25
Second Reading Colossians 3:12-17
Gospel Reading Luke 7:18-28 (29-30) 31-35
Evening Psalms 23; 114

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