Friday, January 10, 2014

Congo's Youth on Fire!

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy…” Joel 2:28

A'sial Nyamuke
A’sial Nyamuke is one of ER’s longest-tenured School of Evangelism Directors, leading the school in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Consistent and persistent, Nyamuke is a giant of the faith in Congo, well respected by other believers. The DRC is the birthplace of Evangelism Resources, having been the nation where Willys and Thelma Braun faithfully served for decades as missionaries with the Christian & Missionary Alliance. The SOE founded by ER has endured and expanded its sphere of influence in spite of changes in government, poverty, and rampant violence, spreading the gospel of peace in a nation often torn by war. During one of the uprisings several years ago, his own niece was a civilian casualty, and we prayed for our brother as he grieved her death.
Elnathan (front) and Core Group
One of Nyamuke’s sons, Elnathan, has become a leader in the Great Commission Challenge Camp movement (GC3). Inspired and “fired up” after attending the March 12-14 Master Trainer’s Seminar in Côte d’Ivoire, he returned to the DRC and immediately assembled a team of seven youth to train for leadership in the movement, teaching the lessons of the Tentmaker’s Manual. His core group met September 1-4, and their hearts were inspired by their prayer and study of God’s Word with a vision to win not only Congo, but the world.

29 Mini-camp participants

A mini-camp was held October 12-13 in Kinshasa with 29 participants. The Spirit of the Lord was powerfully present. Elnathan wrote, “We thank the Lord for his presence at the mini-camp... After the lesson In Christ, there was a moment of depth that triggered an atmosphere of consecration and the Lord wrought cures on wounds of the heart. On Saturday morning after breakfast, the anointing of the Holy Spirit was again prevalent in the room and the simple prayer to prepare for the day turned into a time of intense prayer.

November Camp with 100+ participants!

Still the movement grows! An even larger camp was held November 26-29, with more than 100 participants from multiple churches and denominations. At this camp two Indian youth were expected, but complications with visas and passports prevented them from coming.  Undeterred, Elnathan and his team held the camp themselves. One of the remarkable outcomes from all the camps is the joy they share as they develop relationships, some of which may last a lifetime. Elnathan reported, These young people from the four corners of the city of Kinshasa, more than 20 different churches, spent four days in the peace and joy that only the Holy Spirit can communicate. At the end of camp, people no longer wanted to leave, exchanging phone numbers and addresses, etc.

Just today, Elnathan sent a report that reveals some of the good fruit from GC3. Currently he is responding to an avalanche of requests from churches to train their youth, and he’s discipling two groups every weekend. A Day of Evangelization was held in the DRC on December 15th.  

89 souls prayed to receive salvation in Christ and 12 prayed to rededicate their lives to Him!   

The Indian youth are still planning to come to the DRC (date as yet unknown), and yet another camp will be held to inspire youth with the challenge of the Great Commission.

Thank you for praying for GC3-Africa—rejoice with us for marvelous answers to prayer, and pray for more victories to come!

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