18 April 2016

Africa Study Bible

There are millions of English-speaking Africans that love and desire to follow Christ, but nearly every full evangelical study Bible is written from a US and UK perspective. As a Canadian living in Africa for almost two years now, I have seen first-hand how the lack of a resource that connects with African’s unique experience makes true understanding and discipleship difficult if not impossible. Yes, life really is that different here.

Oasis International along with major Christian organizations, have produced the first study Bible developed by Africans for Africans.

“Under the leadership of an 11-member editorial board of scholars from across Africa, we've brought together 350 writers and editors from over 40 African countries, representing 50 denominations. This is an unprecedented project that will impact the global church” says Dr. Matthew Elliott, president of Oasis.

Now that the editing work is almost complete, Oasis (and its partners), is inviting others to join with them to get this important bible into the hands of Africans. The goal is to raise one million dollars to print the first 100,000 copies. They are seeking private donors and have also launched Kickstarter campaign, which will run through June 16. Contributors to the Kickstarter campaign may choose incentives ranging from artwork prints to limited Italian leather editions of the new bible.  For top donors there are all-expense paid trips to the launch of the Africa Study Bible in both the United States and in Africa. You can check out the campaign here.

African needs this bible and the body of Christ needs Africa. Now is the time for us to see Africa rise up to fulfil her destiny and we all can play a part.

 

17 April 2016

all of my nothing


Thursday morning gathering
at the widows centre
I spoke about surrender
women with challenges
looming large
unreachable, impossible
Esther, Mary, myself
and each one with me there
listening, nodding
acknowledging weakness 

we can do nothing
but that doesn't leave us
without hope
for our Father
looming large
can do as He wills

this is good news
my brain knows it
oh, but my heart
anxious, aching
wants what it wants
to feel in control
and able

return to step one
as often as necessary
arms flung wide
Lord, I can't...

I am the Vine; you are the branches. 
The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, 
for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.

 

08 March 2016

outside my door

just outside my door
life springs
green and pink
wild after the rains
and me pondering
if ever I would again
choose snow

29 January 2016

goodbye again hello again

another page turns
as the chapter draws to a close
night follows day
all things sorted by His hand
in beautiful perfection

tomorrow I bid farewell to Pretoria
to friends both new and old
fly back to my Zambian life
to rest in the arms of my husband
while our Father
continues to hold us both
in the sweet spot
the centre of His palm and heart

26 January 2016

new wells

quiet, still and listening 
if I wait for the time of sharing
He Is always faithful to speak

perhaps it is time to dig new wells
go in the way I will lead you
there will be living water for you
in unexpected places
ways you have not thought of
I Am your God
do not follow any other

He moved away from there and dug another well, 
and they did not quarrel over that one; 
so he named it Rehoboth (broad places), 
saying, “For now the Lord has made room for us,
 and we shall be prosperous in the land.” 


 

24 January 2016

keep listening

allowing Him to speak - early on His day
even as all days are His

in the quiet
keep listening
when it is difficult
to hear Me
may well be when I have
the most to say
just be, little one
just be
you are Mine, and I know
what I'm doing
I will direct, Am directing
your every step

breathe, surrender
go limp and be
like a marionette
allow the Master
to pull the strings
yes, you were trained
to believe it is wrong,
weak and foolish
to be a puppet
what better hand
should control your life?

in My time, in My way
for My glory
your life will accomplish
that which I desire

I Am, so relax
be and let Me Be
I am not calling you
to laziness, no, I tell you
there is work to do
but in My strength
and when our purposes collide?
when We work as one?
there is a release of great passion
and joy

keep listening

you know when you know

Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you to fear the Lord
 [with awe-inspired reverence and worship Him with obedience].

 

20 January 2016

work to do

Yes, I have work to do here
I wake early, refusing sleep until late
still, away from what is normal
I have found my return
to communion with my Lord
His words this morning:

we are not finished
the plans I have 
stretch farther than you can see
on a road only made smooth
by faith
and trust in Me

its when you let go of My hand
and when you look around
that fear falls
like Peter on the water

he did the impossible
when his eyes
focused on Me

you, little one
can do likewise

Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come,” Jesus said. 
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink.
 “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. 
“You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
Matthew 14:28-31 RSV

 
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