March 30, 2012
Fifteen West African nations have given leaders of a coup in Mali 72 hours to relinquish power or face sanctions. Alliance workers in Mali have been alerted and are preparing contingency plans for evacuation from the country if needed.
Our field director for The Alliance in Mali reports that “Sanctions would include closing the borders as well as freezing the flow of money into the country.” Due to border concerns, the families of MKs who attend Dakar Academy have been advised to travel to another country for the remainder of the Spring Break to ensure students can return to school.
March 29, 2012
A fire seriously damaged Bongolo Hospital’s warehouse in 2009, compelling two visitors who witnessed the fire to return home and begin searching for a fire truck on eBay®. Dave and Diann Conquest, parents of Dr. Keir Thelander’s wife, Joanna, found and purchased the 1975 Mack Fire Truck for about $3,000. And then helped raise some $20,000 to cover needed repairs and ship the truck to Africa.
After a lengthy ocean voyage, the vehicle was released from customs this month and is now in Gabon. Learn how you can pray for the final leg of this 10-ton truck’s down-country journey to serve in Bongolo.
An unexpected phone call disrupts a couple’s quiet life in the United States. It’s an invitation to pioneer work in North and Central Asia, one of the most spiritually dark regions in the world.
Saying “yes” to the challenge, the two find strength for their new work in an Old Testament passage that admonishes God’s people to not despise “the day of small things.” In accepting the extra hours required daily to obtain basic necessities, they are finding opportunities to build relationships with shopkeepers and fellow metro riders that are opening doors to share the good news.
March 26, 2012
Mali’s army staged a coup last week, the result of ongoing fighting with Tuareg rebels in Mali’s northern desert. Believing the Malian government’s response to be “inadequate “ in providing arms and supplies, the army mutinied, taking over Mali’s presidential palace and radio and TV stations. Read reports from several Alliance workers about the fluid situation, and learn how you can pray.
NOTICE TO 2011 GENERAL COUNCIL ACCREDITED DELEGATES OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE UNIFORM CONSTITUTION FOR DISTRICTS SUBMITTED TO THE GENERAL COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON RULES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMENDED AND RESTATED CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS OF THE CHRISTIAN AND MISSIONARY ALLIANCE
March 23, 2012
Alliance chaplains recently traveled to Mali, West Africa, to lay the ground work for a new iniative—training and equipping nationals in chaplaincy ministry. Attendees enthusiastically embraced the program, which prepares Malian church leaders for effective ministry among their people.
March 22, 2012
World Water Day, March 22, was set aside by the United Nations nearly 20 years ago to remind us that many in the world face a clean water crisis. Unclean water is one of the world’s biggest child killers. But this year there’s good news.
March 13, 2012
“Many other denominational leaders in Burkina were trained in our Burkina Alliance Bible schools. C&MA impact in Burkina Faso has been huge!” report the Schaeffers, the Alliance field leadership couple in this West African nation. Burkina’s Federation of Evangelical Churches and Missions (FEME) celebrated its 50th anniversary, recently. “[It] was a foretaste of heaven listening to . . . dozens of other people groups worshipping King Jesus together!” the Schaeffers add, noting that church growth in Burkina has exploded. “Our unity [here] is undoubtedly our most powerful witness!”
“… What a difference your faithful giving has made for two villages in the third-poorest country in the world!” wrote the Hanscomes from Mali, recently. “All of this was made possible because of gifts to the Great Commission Fund!” The Hanscomes were referring to a medical outreach that included partnering with the Alliance church in Mali and a medical team from an Alliance church in Omaha. The team experienced remarkable spiritual breakthroughs in these Malian communities, previously shrouded in spiritual darkness. Before the outreach, there had been just one believer between the two villages. Now there are more than 25!
March 10, 2012
On March 11, 2011, Japan suffered the greatest destruction and loss of life since World War II. A 9.0- magnitude earthquake, followed by a devastating tsunami and nuclear reactor accident, created a triple disaster.
One year later, Alliance workers are bringing help and hope to the people of Ishinomaki, one of the hardest-hit areas of the catastrophe, located in Japan’s spiritually dark region.