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October 19, 2009

Finishers Forum was a Success

Filed under: Missions,Partners,Prayer Requests — Tags: , — TimMc @ 5:03 pm

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Purposeful Africa’s time at the Finishers Forum in Ft. Collins, CO was such a blessing to us. Check out the picture of our booth! We’re very pleased with the way it looks. There were some great break-out sessions that centered around helping people prepare to do missions and there were at least 4 to 6 topics to choose from for those sessions. We were able to connect with many people who were interested in what Purposeful Africa is hoping to accomplish in West Africa.

In addition we were able to meet and spend a little time with George Verwer, the founder of Operation Mobilization. He was the keynote speaker and did a fantastic job. Thank you for praying for us while we were traveling and attending the Forum.

September 13, 2009

Join Us at a Finisher’s Forum in Ft. Collins, CO– October 9-10, 2007

Filed under: Announcements,Prayer Requests,Video — TimMc @ 9:09 pm

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Join us at the next Finishers Forum in Fort Collins, Colorado. We will be attending and exhibiting there both days. We are looking forward to the chance to meet and interact with other believers who are passionate about reaching out to people around the world. As you know, we are focusing our efforts on West Africa. The needs in this part of the world are extensive: over 20 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have AIDS, over 11 million children are orphans, clean water is scarce, and the list goes on and on.

We are excited about our upcoming time in Ft. Collins, CO. Please pray that our time there would be fruitful and effective. Finisher Forums are an excellent way to connect with like-minded, dedicated Christians who desire to make an impact throughout the world for Christ. There will be many other ministries and organizations present at the Forum as well. To learn more about registered and attending the Finishers Forum in Ft. Collins, please visit the Finisher’s website.

Finishers has also put together a great two minute video about what you can expect when you attend a Finishers Forum. Check it out!

August 31, 2009

Do Questions Lead to Actions?

Filed under: Changing Lives,Partners,Prayer Requests — TimMc @ 1:16 pm

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Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of of my sheep.” John 21:16 (NIV)

Take care of my sheep. Peter took a rough, circuitous route to ultimately accomplish what Christ wanted of him…but he finally became ‘the rock’ Christ desired him to be. Peter, after hearing the questions, finally responded with actions that made a positive eternal impact upon our world.

What questions are being asked of you? What are the actions that those questions beg?

Earlier this month, I came across a great article that displays how we process those questions and ultimately respond with actions that make a difference. The article is called “One important question can lead to important actions” and was written by Nigel Alston. I would encourage you to read the article and prayerfully consider what God may be asking of you within your own life and circumstances. What is He calling you to do? How are you going to respond?

For all of us at Purposeful Africa, we know that God has called us to action on behalf of the widows and orphans who are struggling throughout all of West Africa. Our response, our “action” is being formed right now. We are praying for partners who also feel God calling them to act on behalf of the precious lives who are struggling throughout the nations of West Africa. Are you sensing God’s call to minister among these folks with us? If so, know that we are praying for you!

August 25, 2009

Confidence in God to Supply and Sustain!

Filed under: Prayer Requests — TimMc @ 1:37 pm

“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply. He is too wise a God to frustrate His purposes for lack of funds, and He can just as easily supply them ahead of time as afterwards, and He much prefers doing so.” – Hudson Taylor

Please continue to pray for Purposeful Africa. Please pray that God will bless us with adequate funding and an ever present willingness on our part to give Him all glory and honor…for He alone is worthy!

August 11, 2009

30 Days of Prayer Campaign Starts This Month

Filed under: Prayer Requests — TimMc @ 5:21 pm

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In preparation of Purposeful Africa’s journey to West Africa, we encourage everyone to start praying now. There is so much to be done before our ship can set sail! More importantly though, we need to be praying for the people we will be interacting with once we pull into each of the port cities we will be visiting.

The 30 Days of Prayer Network has established a great, focused prayer guide that will not only assist you in praying for the people of West Africa, but for people around the globe who still need to hear the hope of true salvation and eternal security offered through Christ alone. The 30 day prayer guide is available in multiple formats – from a printed booklet to a pdf file that you may download and print, e-mails, twitter, and more. Learn more about all of the various ways that you can use this excellent resource by visiting their website, www.30-days.net. The 30 Days of Prayer Campaign starts on August 22 so be sure to get your prayer guide soon!

August 4, 2009

Make an Impact in West Africa with The Starfish Project for Only $1.00

Filed under: Announcements,Prayer Requests,The Starfish Project — TimMc @ 3:35 pm

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We are so excited to launch our new fundraising campaign, The Starfish Project! In order to secure a ship for our maiden voyage, funds must be raised, and we need your help in doing so.

So here’s the scoop; for only $1.00, you get a physical representation of your support, in the form of a beautiful, personalized Starfish that will decorate the walls of Purposeful Africa’s ship. Consider it your way of making the voyage with us if you can’t actually physically participate.

These Starfish also make amazing gifts for others around you. Let your loved ones know that in receiving a Starfish they are helping to reach people in need and will be well represented aboard our ship.

“Don’t fail to do something just because you can’t do everything.” -Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision

Without the support of our communities, our mission would not be possible, and this is a great way to truly help spread hope and faith to those in need throughout West Africa.

Another way to help us raise money and support is through word of mouth. Tell your friends, family, and church about The Starfish Project. Send out a quick email, post our link on facebook, twitter, or your own blog. This will help us out tremendously. We appreciate your support and can’t wait to hang that Starfish with your name on it! If you wish, you may go directly to PayPal and donate your $1.00. If you feel led to donate more, simply fill in the desired amount you want to give. Please feel free to use the comment box on PayPal to let us know the names of the person or people you would like to have displayed on each Starfish. If you need more space than is allowed in the comment box, please email us the information directly at info@purposefulafrica.org. Thanks!

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July 17, 2009

News from Benin, Please Pray for President Yayi

Filed under: Benin,Prayer Requests — TimMc @ 3:26 pm

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President Yayi, elected to lead the country of Benin in 2006 is an evangelical Christian. He is dedicated to eliminating poverty in his country and is very open to evangelical assistance for his people. Please pray that God would continue to give President Yayi clear direction on how to lead his country. Pray that President Yayi would seek God daily and desire to deepen his relationship with Him.

In June, Samaritan’s Purse completed a visit with President Yayi. Please visit the Samaritan’s Purse website to read more about their interaction and ministry within Benin.

As Purposeful Africa moves forward with its plans to visit West Africa and the country of Benin, pray that God will bless our efforts there and that we will bring glory and honor to Him as we minister.

July 7, 2009

Purposeful Africa is Working with Finishers Project

Filed under: Partners,Prayer Requests — TimMc @ 7:16 pm

Purposeful Africa is serious about people of faith getting involved in Africa and we are actively recruiting to that end. To assist in that effort, we have joined Finishers Project where thousands of people have expressed an interest in serving in missions. Finishers Project is a place for people to match their passion and preferences for serving God with scores of ministry organizations. We anticipate that many people will join Purposeful Africa to be involved in sharing the hope we have in Jesus with the people of the nations in which we will serve.

Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Please pray that Purposeful Africa will be able to partner with people who have a heart for West Africa and a desire to serve in the roles where we currently have needs. At the moment we need to fill four positions:

Mission Representatives
Marketing Manager
Marketing Sales Personnel
Media Development Specialist (This is the most critical and pressing position at the moment.)

**If you’d like more information about any of these positions, please feel free to contact us at (888) 771-8717 or email tim@purposefulafrica.org.

July 1, 2009

The JESUS Film and Sierra Leone

Filed under: Prayer Requests,Sierra Leone — TimMc @ 8:00 pm

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The JESUS Film Partnership of Global Partners (Wesleyan Church) recently reported this story:

In a Muslim village…a local chief watched the JESUS film. The film touched him, and when it finished he publicly gave his life to the Lord. He further gave a public testimony expressing his appreciation for the JESUS film and his new conviction. According to him, Jesus Christ is mentioned in the Quran, but he now realized Christ’s true worth. His words moved many villagers, and 42 adults followed his example, giving their lives to Christ. Three weeks later, the chief called on one of the JESUS film team members and requested the film be shown in the other villages in his chieftainship. He also requested that a church and school be built in the village seat of his chieftainship. He said the “door is now open to you.” PRAISE GOD!

**Republished with permission from The JESUS Film Project. To learn more about the amazing ministry of The JESUS Film Project, please visit their website at www.JesusFilm.org.

Please join all of us at Purposeful Africa in praying that the subsequent showings of the JESUS film will touch the hearts of those people in the villages where it will be shown. Pray that many will come to Christ as a result of this great opportunity!

Togo, a Country Profile & Prayer Guide

Filed under: Country Profiles and Prayer Guides,Prayer Requests,Togo — TimMc @ 7:29 pm

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Togo is a tiny sliver of a country squashed between Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Benin. In spite of its small land mass, it still manages to squeeze in dense lush forests, savannah, coastal lagoons, long sandy beaches, and swampy plains.

The capital city Lomé is situated on the Gulf of Benin. It is the only capital in the world situated right on a border. Modern hotels line the beach to welcome tourists. In various places throughout the city, there are still pockets of colonial architecture to be seen.

Togo’s national parks are home to buffalo, elephant, antelope, and numerous tropical bird species. Coffee plantations and cocoa farms, waterfalls, and palm plantations all lie on the country’s plateau, which rises up from the coast and is within an easy drive. In northeastern Togo, the traditional mud-tower settlements of the Batammariba in the Koutammakou landscape gained UNESCO World Heritage status in 2004.

A few interesting facts about Togo:

  • The country has a population of approximately 6 million people.
  • The official language is French. There are 43 languages used in Togo. The literacy rate is around 52%. There are only two indigenous languages used in the education system: Ewe/Mina and Kabiye. There are 6 languages with a complete translation of the Bible, 7 with the New Testament, and 12 other languages that are works in progress.
  • Subsistence agriculture is performed by 80% of the population. Togo’s main exports are phosphates, cotton, cocoa, and coffee. Economic growth has lagged behind population growth due to endemic government corruption. Most foreign aid has been suspended because of lack of fiscal discipline and a poor human rights record. About a third of the population lives below the international poverty line of US $1.25 a day.
  • A period of intense anti-Christian rhetoric in the 1970’s cooled to an official indifference. In 1978, 20 religious groups were banned; only Muslims, Catholics, and five Protestant churches were legally permitted to function. In 1990 nearly all restrictions were lifted and there has been considerable religious freedom since.
  • Despite the influences of Christianity and Islam, over half of the people of Togo follow native animistic practices and beliefs.
  • As with many other African countries, football (soccer) is the most popular sport. Until 2006, Togo was very much a minor force in world soccer, but like fellow West African nations such as Senegal, Nigeria, and Cameroon (which is located in Central Africa) before them, the Togolese national team finally qualified for the World Cup.

Specific ways to pray for the country of Togo:

  • Regaining religious freedom in 1990 has given a decade of more rapid church growth and outreach to many people for the first time. Evangelicals have grown from 17,000 in 1960 to nearly 400,000 in 2000. (Continue reading…)