Friday, May 29
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On our way to market, Mrs. Alinane Madimbo told me about a trip she and her husband, Rev. Gracious Madimbo, had taken to Mozambique. Since taking his first congregation, in a predominantly Muslim area, Rev. Madimbo has developed a passion for reaching out to those who have not heard the good news that all are loved by God. Their trip to Mozambique took 12 hours of travel over bad roads. They spent a few days there sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and his resurrection that the world was celebrating that Easter weekend.
Just a few weeks earlier, Rev. Madimbo had said good-bye to the congregation he had pastored for the past three years in order to be installed as director of the missions department of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian–Nkhoma Synod. About 3,000 people came, so the service was moved out of the sanctuary and under the trees in the churchyard. As he stood there taking in the solemnity of the moment, Rev. Madimbo paused to reflect on the magnitude of his new position. He would now be responsible for leading the entire church in its response to the Great Commission—going out to preach, teach, and heal.
As the charge was given, Rev. Madimbo showed again that he understood the gravity of the task, yet he responded with joy, knowing that the God who had called him would continue with him as he headed into this new adventure.
—Rev. Janet Guyer, PC(USA) facilitator for women’s and children’s interests
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Luta Garbat-Welch, Africa community health facilitator, Presbyterian World Mission, Rev. Jeremy Garbat-Welch, team ministry, Presbyterian World Mission, Rev. Janet Guyer, facilitator for women’s and children’s interests, Presbyterian World Mission • Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Synod of Livingstonia: Dr. Rochelle Holm, manager, water and sanitation centres, Tyler Holm, instructor, University of Livingstonia College of Theology, James McGill, water and sanitation development specialist, Jodi McGill, clinical instructor of nursing • CCAP Nkhoma Synod: Dr. Barbara Nagy, public health adviser and consultant pediatrician
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Lord, be with those you have called to take leadership in reaching people who have not heard of your love for them. Give them wisdom and courage as they seek to make your kingdom manifest in our world today. Amen.