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.