jeudi 27 août 2015


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The Global Day Of Prayer – GDOP Strasbourg - 2015

Our Missionary Organisation based in France, The Missionary Actions for Evangelism in Africa – Source of Living Water, organized for the tenth consecutive year in Strasbourg, The Global Day Of Prayer (GDOP) at the playground of the “Jardin des 2Rives”. This encounter was initiated by a South African business man following a vision in which God asked him to rent a stadium to hold a prayer meeting there at Pentecost. Started in South Africa, it spread throughout the Africa continent to engulf the whole world since 2005, when Africa invite the world to pray for the Nations on the Day of Pentecost.

For this tenth anniversary, the organization was relatively difficult. First, the City Council who graciously used to put at our disposal very year for last ten years a podium, awarded this year with condition that we provide a financial contribution our association who has a hard time financing his evangelistic activities could not stand. It is Serge B., a friend and brother in Christ in the Lyon region, who encouraged us by offering us to bring from his region for us, a podium he would himself manufacture. Then we learned by our beloved Brother Pierrot who used to give us a hand to the sound system, that not only he could not be released from his job this year to help us, but also the Christian organisation that lent us his sound since the beginning of this event could not do so this year, they had given out the material they used to put at our disposal and had not yet acquired a new one. And finally a number of friends used to give us a helping hand withdrew, some at the last minute. We struggled to complete the organization to the point that I wondered whether it was worth continuing to organise this event. But glory be to God, there was also the faithful who have encouraged and supported us. The fact that the “Evangelical Protestant Fellowship of the Strasbourg Urban Community (now the Euro-metropole) has widely announced the event in Churches, at fellowship meetings and on its website also greatly encouraged us. We thank its officials.

Then we gathered on Sunday, May 24, 2015 from 14:30 to the playground of the “Jardin des 2Rives”. Our partner in praise was again this year the Praise Group of the MIEL Church. It is this church that provided us with the sound through which we could operate this year. The Christian Church “House of Prayer for the Nations” has also contributed this time to a larger participation than previous years. After a time of worship, we began with prayer and the presentation of the event that brought us together in this Pentecost Sunday. Then we prayed for the Authorities, the family according to God that is put to the test in this world today, and for the persecuted Christians, particularly with a special focus on the Middle East. Then we prayed for Europe and Israel, Congo DRC, which has been our particular subject of this year, before raising a prayer for the African Continent. After the prayer for the Nations that united us with all Christians of the world who gathered for this day of prayer, since it is the same for everyone and in all tongues, we prayed for the unity of the Body of Christ in need in this world were the Christians are the most persecuted group. We closed the meeting with a prayer of blessing and the MIEL Praise group accompanied us until the end of the meeting.

We experienced again this year, intense moments of fellowship and visitation of the Holy Spirit through the prayers we have raised to God. A friend and Brother in Christ told me he was living something special about this meeting and that it was for him one of the best times of the year. May the Lord be Glorified!

vendredi 21 août 2015


The venue of the Summit


Held in Barcelona, Spain from May 11 to 14, 2015, the Synergy Summit brought together Ministries involved in Global Outreach. This encounter was precede on May 10 by an optional training day for those who wished, focused on fundamental frameworks and key skills for those new to mission network and on capacity building for experienced network leaders. His gathering was to encourage these Ministries to network for greater efficiency. Why did the organizers of this gathering find it necessary to emphasize networking?

First, observation was made that we live in a complex world full of confusion and disconcerting. More and more people are stuck by poverty, wars and political unrest push entire populations to migration. Thus millions of people are scattered all over the world. The means of communication simultaneously explode and millions of people are connected. Technologies evolve in a fast and adoption of new technologies as well.

Then in 1974 over 200 people from over 150 nations gathered in Lausanne. It was the first time they were asked to discuss issue of global evangelism. This has led to the multiplication of global movements of mission and the Lord blessed. Coordination and training are therefore needed. It was then urgent to put at the disposal of each other at the planetary level, skills and resources. For this, it was necessary to give the vision, persuade the stakeholders to join together, to focus collaboration and partnership, given that combined actions were better than working alone.

Several topics were discussed, including Unleashing Participation Trough Member Engagement, Unleashing Results through Specific Objectives etc. Many speakers shared their experiences in their specific fields and the opportunity was given to participants to get together in interest groups and partnerships were thus born. Many strategic issues were discussed in relation to what is happening in the world, including the Muslim world and the persecution of Christians.

The Christian world is moving. Missions, Movements and Christian Works increasingly realize the need to put aside doctrinal differences and work together in the current global context for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.

The summit, whose main objective were:

1) To inspire, show examples of how God is at work across networks to advance the Gospel

2) To connect the networks and provide opportunities for shared learning and inter-network collaboration

3) To equip, offering new ideas and ressources to enhance the effectiveness of mission network,

Can be considered a complete success since most of these objectives were met in light of  the results obtained through contacts and appointments made by most of us for effective collaboration and partnership in future projects in the coming years. We are looking forward to next Synergy Summit 2017 for the evaluation of these collaborations and partnerships.