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“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.” —Acts 2:4

Tuesday, May 12

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Equatorial Guinea

 

Seeking to build ecumenical relations, Rev. Manuel Nzoh, general secretary of the IRPGE (left), meets with Mr. Simon Dossou (right) at the All Africa Conference of Churches 10th General Assembly in Uganda in June 2013. Courtesy of Manuel Nzoh

 

Seeking to build ecumenical relations, Rev. Manuel Nzoh, general secretary of the IRPGE (left), meets with Mr. Simon Dossou (right) at the All Africa Conference of Churches 10th General Assembly in Uganda in June 2013.

 

Courtesy of Manuel Nzoh

 

Rev. Manuel Nzoh and his colleagues in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Equatorial Guinea (IRPGE) talk often about wanting to partner with a presbytery or congregation in the United States. They feel down and lonely, being in the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa. The IRPGE is part of a very small Protestant presence in a country that favored the Roman Catholic Church and persecuted Protestants during the Macías presidency (1968–1979). While the church is no longer persecuted, it feels marginalized and ignored by the government.

Isolated in its region, the IRPGE is finding hope and encouragement from the worldwide family of faith encountered at meetings of the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the World Council of Churches. It appreciates these times when much of Christ’s church is united across borders and theological differences.

This oldest of PC(USA) partners in Africa longs for relationships that will help its members truly feel part of the body of Christ worldwide and so invites Presbyterians from the United States and elsewhere to join it in God’s mission. Would your congregation or presbytery consider developing a partnership with the IRPGE?

Jeff Boyd, PC(USA) regional liaison for Central Africa

Let us join in prayer for:

Partners/Ministries

Reformed Presbyterian Church of Equatorial Guinea: Rev. Manuel Nzoh Asumu, general secretary

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Patricia Haines, BOP
Sheila Hall, BOP

Let us pray

God, unite us as the body of Christ. Help us to encourage those who feel down and to rejoice with those who are glad. May we hear your good news spoken by those who feel marginalized. Open our eyes to see you in a new light. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 98; 146
First Reading Deuteronomy 8:11-20
Or alternate First Reading Deuteronomy 18:15-22
Second Reading James 1:16-27
Gospel Reading Luke 11:1-13
Evening Psalms 66; 116

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