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September-November 2022

Week One - 1st to 7th each month
Week Two - 8th to 14th each month
Week Three - 15th to 21st each month
Week Four - 22nd to end of month

 

CEO Murray writes ...

In Ezekiel 33:7 we read that God had made Ezekiel a watchman for the house of Israel. He was God’s mouthpiece to speak out and warn the people about the consequences of their sin. Verse 38 adds that failure to speak out would mean that God would hold the watchman accountable for those who died in their sin.

When applied to ourselves this verse can leave us feeling uncomfortable, so we rationalize it by saying that Ezekiel was a prophet called by God to be his mouthpiece to Israel and I am not a prophet!

However, 2 Cor. 5:19-20 plainly tells us that God has committed to us his message of reconciliation and that we are God’s ambassadors. We are responsible to speak out and be God’s mouthpiece. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”

One of the things I really enjoy about working with SOWERS is meeting Sowers who are completely given over to the cause of Christ. To them, no sacrifice is too great, be it living simply or walking or cycling long distances over tough terrain – the love of Christ compels them to go and be God’s mouthpiece telling of His love for all people everywhere.

Let’s be challenged by God and his Word and encouraged by our Sowers colleagues so that we do not grow weary and lose heart. Let us speak out and tell others of what God has done for us. This is a day of Good News but, just as night follows day, we should remember the words of Carl Henry who said, “the Gospel is only good news if it gets there in time”.

 

WEEK ONE

Murray and Christine

Praise:

For the activity that has picked up post-Covid, such as:

  • Emmanuel K’s visit to the US and the links that were forged.
  • Godfrey K’s very successful visit to Zimbabwe and his current visit to Mozambique.
  • Emmanuel K’s planned Refresher Conference in DRC that will help advance the ministry there.

Pray:

  • For wisdom, insight, discernment and innovation for the President, Executive and myself, as we oversee the ministry.
  • For Carol and Judy and the vital office roles they play behind the scenes. Carol requests prayer as she considers new housing options.
  • That God would continue “to supply all our needs” so that the work can function effectively.
  • For protection from sickness, accidents and spiritual attacks.

 

Australia

Praise:

  • For God’s provision to fulfil several important projects that will benefit the Sowers.
  • For Godfrey`s recent visit, as Regional Adviser, to Zimbabwe and Mozambique to give encouragement, guidance and practical assistance.

Pray:

  • For the SOWERS Australia Board to be blessed with two or three new members who would be willing to take up executive positions.
  • For the continuing supply of funds to meet the commitments to the fields every three months.
  • For the protection of all SOWERS staff. (Godfrey`s home [Malawi] was broken into recently and valuable items stolen. Fortunately, the family slept through it and were not harmed.)

 

Zimbabwe

Praise:

  • For Provincial Committees set up in Harare Province, Victoria Falls, Matebeleland, South Province, Rusape and Manicaland Province.
  • For the consistency of Sowers teams in preaching the Gospel.

Pray:

  • For effective outreach for all newly trained Sowers.
  • For the new SOWERS Masvingo Provincial Committee in Chiredzi.
  • For L2 training to be conducted in Rusape Rural Dayspring.
  • For the setting up of SOWERS Matebeleland South Provincial Committee in Beit Bridge.
  • For Level 2 training to be conducted in Victoria Falls.

 

India

Praise:

  • For the SOWERS ministry here in India: During the last 3 months many people have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour through the SOWERS ministry and experienced the love of God.
  • That brothers in Christ Netra and Santa have recovered from sickness.
  • That we have been able to start a children’s club at Kangthokchao village.

Pray:

  • For the SOWERS ministry in India and especially for up-coming plans, that we will be able to carry them out well.
  • For the need of rain in some areas. Farmers are very worried about their paddy crops.
  • For the Covid-19 situation in India. The number of positive cases is increasing daily and because of this the government has already started to close schools again for lower classes up to class 7.

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WEEK TWO

Zambia

Praise:

  • For Level 1, 2, 3 & 4 training that was carried out during the last quarter.
  • For the new North-Western Provincal Committee.
  • For successful open-air meetings at Jeremiah and Chikwanda villages where 20 and 30 people respectively gave their lives to the Lord.
  • For Eliot and Alfred who completed their Level 3 training.
  • For the new doors opening for training in the Northern Province and in neighbouring DRC.
  • For leaders at Mpepo village who gave their lives to the Lord.
  • For the successful Seminars, the Sowers couples conference and district meetings in Luapula South.
  • For those who have responded to the Gospel.

Pray:

  • For the planned Seminars and follow-up visits in the North-West Province and Copperbelt.
  • For unity, strength and commitment for the new Copperbelt Provincial team.
  • For the SOWERS Provincial Conference to be held next year.
  • For continued peace in our country.
  • For the installation of electricity for the brick-making machine.
  • For good health for Sowers and their families.
  • For the success of planned SOWERS training at Kapata, Chembe, Kasanka, Ngumbo, Kawambwa and the couples conference at Milulu, Samfya District.
  • For continued peace in Zambia.

 

DR Congo

Praise:

  • For L1 team training that took place in Lubumbashi.
  • For the follow-up of new believers who have made the decision to give their lives to Christ.
  • For the strengthening of Vie Nouvelle Church in Lubumbashi and for the 13 new members added to the fellowship.
  • For the completed revision of the Level 2 Manual.
  • For the good news we’ve received of the commitment to ministry and effective evangelism of our brother and sister Sowers in Central African Republic and Côte d’Ivoire.

Pray:

  • For the effective establishment of the Vie Nouvelle (New Life) Church located in the Golf District in Lubumbashi.
  • For the work of evangelism to continue.
  • For the training of Level 2 Sowers in Lubumbashi using the revised manuals.
  • For the organization of the Regional Conference

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WEEK THREE

Mozambique

Praise:

  • For the protection of all SOWERS families.
  • For all the open-air meetings that have been held.
  • For Level 1 and 2 seminars that have been held.
  • For the visitation of teams.
  • For visits to the new churches planted through Sowers.
  • For the opportunities that Level 3, 4 and 5 Sowers have been able to have.

Pray:

  • For the encouraging visit of Godfrey the Regional Adviser.
  • For the need for reprinting of training manuals.
  • For more Counselling Books in different languages (Chicewa, Portuguese and Lomwe).
  • For the much-needed supply of sketch board paper.

 

Malawi

Praise:

  • For His provision and protection of Senior Sowers in Malawi.
  • For Godfrey’s successful visits to Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
  • For five open air camps that took place at the Lakeshore area of Malawi. This resulted in a new church being planted.

Pray:

  • For provision and protection of Senior Sowers in Malawi.
  • For needed materials for Seminars. Paint, paper, brushes, counselling booklets and gospel literature.
  • For Amos’s wife Bertha who has health issues.
  • For healing for Mateyo’s daughter with chronic health issues.

 

Kenya

Praise:

  • For Emmanuel’s safe travel to the USA and for protection while there in the USA.
  • For His provision for our families, and for the reduction of infections in the country (Kenya).
  • For teams that are showing an interest in being trained.
  • That Level 1 & 2 Seminars were able to be conducted.
  • For the Sowers teams that are doing outreach through one-to-one evangelism and for following that up with discipleship.

Pray:

  • That there will be no rioting and unrest in the country after the August 2022 election.
  • For the recovery of the economy in Kenya.
  • For visits to Uganda and Rwanda during August / September.
  • For a visit to and training in Tanzania in September.
  • For Emmanuel and Udiness returning to Zambia for deputation from October to November 2022.
  • For the registration of SOWERS in Tanzania and wisdom for the Interim Board.
  • For the SOWERS Board in Kenya. That more members will come on to the Board.

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WEEK FOUR

Ghana

Praise:

  • For the success of the SOWERS Level 1 training at a Greater Accra West Presbytery Church.
  • For the introduction of the SOWERS program to the pastors of the Sunyani Presbytery.
  • That Nsawam, Church of Pentecost Area Apostle has shown interest in the SOWERS program. (May this door open wide.)
  • For His provision despite the economic crisis that the country is going through.

Pray:

  • For a good response from Hose who attended the SOWERS Level 1 Pastors Seminar.
  • That the Agape Evangelical Church will revive the Sowers teams in their congregations.
  • That the Level 1 training at churches in the Greater Accra West Presbytery will take place as planned in September.
  • For God’s continued provision for SOWERS staff and families.

 

USA

Praise:

  • For a new Church in Iowa donating quarterly.

Pray:

  • For new people for our board and to help with fundraising.

 

Central African Republic

Praise:

  • For all that He is doing in the lives of Sowers.
  • For the formation of SOWERS in CAR that took place in July.

Pray:

  • For planned Seminars.
  • For materials for Seminars, especially paper for sketchboards

 

Nepal

Praise:

  • For the help and support of SOWERS International.
  • For the prayers of SOWERS supporters.
  • For God’s goodness and faithfulness.

Pray:

  • For the health of my family and church.
  • For daily growth in my spiritual life and in that of my family.
  • That God will give me the vision, knowledge and wisdom I need to share the Gospel among my people and to provide spiritual food for them on an on-going basis.

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Targets for Prayer have been edited by Judy C. and published by SOWERS INTERNATIONAL, P O Box 897, Tauranga 3144, New Zealand. Telephone 64 7 577 0097. Email: office@sowersinternational.org

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