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May 27, 2009

Business as Mission with Purposeful Africa

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One of the key ministry opportunities that Purposeful Africa desires to facilitate in West Africa is Business as Mission (BAM). While the phrase Business as Mission is relatively new; the concept is not. There have been many businesses around the world who have been engaged in mission for decades. For those who are new to the concept of BAM, here’s a brief definition courtesy of The Lausanne Movement:

Business as Mission is about:

* real, viable, sustainable and profitable businesses;
* with a Kingdom of God purpose, perspective and impact;
* leading to transformation of people and societies spiritually, economically, socially and environmentally,
* to the greater glory of God.

As we continue to refine the journeys of Purposeful Africa, we will be offering more information about BAM opportunities that we have identified in West Africa. We pray that you God will move in the hearts of business owners who will be excited about how their business may make an impact for the Kingdom of God.

Recently, we have come across two great articles that discuss BAM. We encourage you to visit these websites and read them:

Business as Missions
Catalyst conducted separate interviews with three highly regarded business as missions (BAM) practitioners and compiled their answers in this article. We were particularly interested in the intersection of BAM with the local church and agency.

The Church and Business: Working Together in God’s plan of Redemption via Kingdom Business
Most people don’t have a full appreciation of the church and of business, much less an appreciation of how they should work together to accomplish God’s plan to redeem mankind and the earth.

May 20, 2009

Thirsty?

Filed under: Business as Mission,Prayer Requests,Water — admin @ 3:31 am

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“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42 (NIV)

Clean water is an all too precious commodity that is taken for granted here in the United States. Think about it…long showers, sprinkler systems, car washes, half full bottles of water sitting on our desks and in our cars. We really don’t value clean water…we just expect it to always be there when we want it.

But, it’s a different story in many of the destinations on that are part of the journey for Purposeful Africa. Less than half of all West African residents have access to clean water. This lack of clean, safe water in West Africa contributes to high infant mortality rates, low per capita income and other quality-of-life indicators, landing many countries in the region on lists of the worst places to live. Millions of West Africans are afflicted with water-related diseases, including guinea worm, schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis — known as river blindness, and trachoma.

One facet of our journey to West Africa is to expose why it is so essential for people there to have access to clean water. Clean water affects every other aspect of ministry in this portion of the world. Please pray with us that Purposeful Africa, other ministries who are joining us on this journey, and people like you who will be going with us, will be open to providing the tools and finances needed to give people in West Africa access to clean water.

May 18, 2009

Morocco, a Country Profile & Prayer Guide

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Morocco is a land of contrasts with its fertile coastlands, the high Atlas Mountains, and the Saharan Desert. This beautiful country is populated primarily by the indigenous Berbers along with some French, Spanish, and a small Jewish population.

Some interesting facts about Morocco:

  • Arabic is the official language. However, French and English are widely used too.
  • Agriculture, tourism, and phosphate mining are the primary industries that drive Morocco’s economy. Morocco and the Western Sahara have 70% of the world’s phosphate reserves. There is widespread poverty and extremely high unemployment rates (over 50% for youth). Millions of Moroccans seek employment in other countries, especially throughout Europe.
  • Sunni Islam is the state religion. Other religions are tolerated as long as their ministry is confined to expatriate communities. 99.85% of the population is Muslim, .10% are Christian, while .05% are Jewish.

Specific ways to pray for the country of Morocco:

The new king is attempting to encourage more democracy and improve the economy as well as the lot of the underprivileged. This has brought about expectations for change that could lead to more openness for the Good News. Drought, Islamist activism, and the culture of corruption in the bureaucracy all could sabotage this. Pray for the King and those in government; for peace and stability. Pray that this nation may become open for the messengers of the gospel.

Praise God for a widespread and growing interest in the gospel. Pray specifically for protection of those seeking the gospel and national believers. Pray also for greater freedom for, and recognition of, Christians. The constitution guarantees freedom of religion – but this does not allow the freedom to leave Islam. Pray for all who have taken this step and for boldness in their witness.

A Moroccan Church is emerging – but at great cost. It is estimated that by 2000 there were 500 believers and some seekers in about 20 small groups meeting for fellowship throughout the country. Many believers are isolated from regular fellowship. Pray for:

  • Deep trust and fellowship to be established between believers so that they can meet together despite the risks and that a strong, indigenous, economically self-sufficient, Moroccan Church might develop.
  • Grace, fortitude and deliverance from fear when pressured or harassed by family, police and the authorities.
  • Those discipling individual believers despite the climate of suspicion, fear and isolation, and the lack of Scriptures and teaching materials.
  • Provision of leadership and training opportunities for believers. New leadership training programs are being developed. Pray that there may be God-given, Spirit-gifted leadership for every group of believers.
  • An increase in the number of Christian marriages and families, which then provide the basis for strong, vibrant house churches.
  • Official recognition of the existence of Moroccan believers and their identity as genuine Moroccans.
  • The planting of churches in every town and city.

Specific unreached peoples:

  • The Berber peoples were nominally Christian until Islam arrived in Morocco. There is a revival of Berber culture and script. The government ban on using the Berber languages has ceased. Literacy in these languages has been very low because of earlier insistence on the sole use of Arabic. There are some believers in each of the three major Berber people groups. Pray that there may soon be groups meeting together using the indigenous languages. The Tashilhayt New Testament was published in 1998.
  • The Maghreb Jews once numbered 250,000, but most emigrated to Israel in 1948. Today only 15,000 remain as a respected minority. There is no known outreach to them at this time.
  • The nomadic desert tribes of the south and east, who have little contact with the gospel. (Continue reading…)

May 3, 2009

Praying for the Countries to be Visited by Purposeful Africa

Filed under: Country Profiles and Prayer Guides,Prayer Requests — admin @ 3:29 am

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In coming weeks we will be featuring prayer requests each country that Purposeful Africa will visit. These prayer requests have been gathered and organized by Operation World. We are thankful for their dedication to providing detailed information for Christian prayer warriors so that effective prayer may take place for these countries and those who are ministering there.

Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

A portion of the requests that we will be posting are from Operation World’s book. This book contains detailed information about every country from a Christian perspective. We encourage you to purchase the book so that you may learn more details about the ministries that are working in the countries that will be visited by Purposeful Africa.