“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
We hope you will be encouraged by the opportunity to join Forgotten Voices in lifting a few specific prayers and praises this month. We continue to see that God is on the move, and we are grateful for opportunities to glorify Him through our ministry and local church partners in Africa. Please pray on!
PROVISION: Pray that God would provide food and family income sufficient to meet daily needs. Grandfather Phiri and his wife are raising three boys (ages 14, 12 and 10) near Livingstone, Zambia. He tells us, “We are surviving by the grace of God.” Their local church is paying school fees for two of the boys, Abraham and Moses, but Grandfather Phiri is unable to work, and as a result, the family continues to struggle to have enough food. Abraham tells us that he hopes to become a doctor, while Moses says he wants to be a math teacher when he grows up.
(pictured: Grandpa and Grandma Phiri with Abraham and Moses)
SPIRITUAL GROWTH: Pastor Gugulethu Mtozi (front right) and Deacon Ncube (front 2nd from left) are leaders at one of our new partners, Chinotimba BIC Church in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. They ask for prayers “that our church members would grow in their compassion for those less privileged than they are, especially for orphans.” They also ask to pray with them “that God may continue to help men as the breadwinners in their families – that He would give them more strength and more wisdom as leaders at home, and in their church.”
(also pictured are Forgotten Voices’ staff, from back left clockwise: Willie, Jacob, Remmy, Ryan, Bekithemba and Kathy)
GOOD NEIGHBORS: Africa Director Remmy Hamapande noted with joy how Mrs. Shankwaya – a next door neighbor – saw that Mutinta’s mother was not a positive influence for the teenage girl. “Mrs. Shankwaya was a good neighbor, so she invited Mutinta to church to hear the good news of Jesus!” Mutinta says she enjoys being involved in the church. Aware of her difficult family situation, the church’s orphan care ministry was able to clear a backlog of school debt that she owed, and is helping to pay for Mutinta’s Grade 8 school fees.
(pictured: Mrs. Shankwaya on left, with Mutinta)