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Pray for Botswana on Sunday, July 31, 2011

July 31, 2011

Prayers for Botswana: Matthew 14:13-21

Modimo wa rona (Our heavenly Lord),

We come  to you asking for Thy direction- to be given the discernment and  power to make a difference in this world.  Allow our prayers, financial gifts and acts of solidarity to glorify you and be a catalyst of hope and encouragement  to those individuals at the eye  of uncertainty and difficulty.

At this moment and time, let us first remember the people of Botswana- who like so many others in Southern Africa  are struggling with rapid inflation, rising food prices and stagnant salaries. Let us also lift up the United Congregational Churches in Southern Africa in Botswana , Kgolagano College of Theological Education and the Botswana Christian Council for their Christian witness in word and deed-in the training of pastors;  providing new direction to commercial sex workers, street children, orphans and prisoners; and encouragement to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

We give thanks to you Lord, because you have never abandoned us and through Christ Jesus have instilled in us a sense of community that reaches all the way around the world. Mo, rea go kopa, Rara, ka Jesu Keresete, Mmoloki wa rona.

Mission Stewardship Moment from Botswana:

For all intents and purposes it shouldn’t be happening. Although Ramotswa UCCSA is a small congregation with limited resources and divergent backgrounds, it has continually shown that it won’t be not  bound by its own limitations, thanks to the blessed power of Christ Jesus. Near the beginning of the Gospel of John  it says, “those who receive the Word made flesh are born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13).

Over the last several months the Church has hosted a revival; engaged in clothing drives to help the less fortunate, conducts  a ministry for the children whose parents work in the local factories,  built a small church at an outstation and is currently engaged in the building of a new structure at the church’s present site; has an active lay preacher’s program whereby they deliver the sermon two Sundays each month;  many of the parishoners are also actively engaged in a myriad of community  projects. To be honest, when I was asked to serve as the moruti (pastor) at Ramotswa UCCSA, a congregation of 40 adults, I thought I was committing myself to preaching on Sunday mornings and doing the occasional pastoral visit and funeral. However, that has proven to be wrong. They have come to show me in a very real way, that through Christ Jesus, we are not bound.  The Church should and must be a place where all are brothers and sisters; friends. Although I oftentimes find it hard to keep up with all the things the congregation want to do, we give thanks to God that both Jayanthi and I were allowed to serve the Church in Botswana. It is a gift, and opportunity and a challenge!

(Prayer and Mission Moment by Jim and Jayanthi Wilson)

Global Ministries International Partners in Botswana:

  • Botswana Council of Churches founded in 1966 with 36 member churches. The Council exists to serve the churches, to enable them to serve God and God’s people, especially those in need. It is a national body which is affiliated to the All Africa Conference of Churches and to the World Council of Churches. Among the many projects which it is involved in, include evangelical and developmental work among the Hambukushu people on the western side of the delta in Ngamiland and assisting children in especially difficult circumstances (street kids) in the capital of Gaborone, through rehabilitation, re-education and reintegration into society
  • United Congregational Church of Southern Africa – Botswana Synod.  Kgodisong Centre was started in July 2001 by the United Congregational Church of  Southern Africa (UCCSA) in Kanye, a partner denomination with Global Ministries. It began as an initiative to address the escalating number of orphans in Kanye. According to national records from the Department of Social Services 51 600 orphans are registered countrywide. Approximately 5,000 of these are registered in Kanye alone. This alarming figure is by far due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic followed by road accidents and other factors. These children at risk in the local community are provided with a safe environment for learning, nutritious meals along with varying other assistance each week day.
  • Kgolagano Theological College. Since its beginning in 1975,  Kgolagano is the only ecumenical theological institution in the country, both in terms of staffing as well as student body. Although the major focus of its programme has always been the promotion of theological education for the pastors of Botswana., Kgolagano cannot and does not ignore the life issues facing the people of the nation. It has an active, grass-root  HIV/AIDS awareness programme as well as an educational empowerment programme  for individuals incarcerated in prison.

More info on Botswana: http://globalministries.org/africa/countries/botswana/

Global Ministries Missionaries in Botswana:

Jim and Jayanthi Wilson are missionaries with the Kgolagano College of Theological Education in Gaborone, Botswana.  Jim serves as a tutor of theology at Kgolagano College of Theological Education.  Jayanthi serves as the coordinator of the College library.

Pray for Partners without Global Ministries Mission Personnel: Sri Lanka

For more info on Sri Lanka: http://globalministries.org/sasia/countries/sri-lanka/



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