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Do you love her? God has been developing this love for a continent I’ve never been to before. I’ve heard some missionaries say how God just puts a country or region on their heart. I wondered how.

Now, I know. It’s like you just know the time is coming for that region. Just as when I knew I wanted to start having kids. At first I was excited, then afraid. I prayed and God delivered me from my fear. Then the prays of ‘bring Your will to pass’ began.  So it is now with me and Africa.

Lately, I’ve started thinking about Africa, out of the blue and with strong emotion. When I hear a teaching or a song it sometimes reminds of her.

So, for now I’m praying for Africa and her people. And praying for people I know who are going soon. And I’m shamelessly letting anyone whose going know I’m interested.

My prayer for Africa today is that God will give the persecutors of the Christians there an experience like Paul.  On the way to kill the believers they will be confronted by Jesus.  “Why are you persecuting me?”   Lord, I ask for your Spirit today to transform lives in Africa.

I’m also praying for a little loved one from Africa. I can see the fruit of those prayers in his smile.

So if you are going to Africa or have a heart for her too then please email me or comment.

Even if you simply know God has told us to go to all the nations and that stirs you, I’d like to hear about.

Comments

Comment from Nick Weisenfels
Time: July 20, 2007, 2:21 pm

You know, a lot of people think that the Ark of the Covenant is in Africa. I think it is.

How come nobody ever responds much on your blog? I think you guys write about some really interesting stuff.

Comment from Aaron
Time: July 20, 2007, 5:42 pm

Good question. We get about 40-60 unique visitors per day (average from last month, and this month is tracking similarly) - so, not sure why they’re not commenting. It’s all good.

So, if the Ark is in Africa, I wonder if the manifest presence of God is still visible between the angels, like it was in the Tabernacle of David… or was that a false teaching I heard? hehe.

Comment from Nick Weisenfels
Time: July 22, 2007, 2:48 pm

Well, I know that the Ethiopian Orthodox Church
(we’re not in communion with them since about 700 A.D.,…that’s a long story…but word is that unity is on the way back…I really like the EOC, by the way)

Anyway, I know that they make a big deal out of it, they have a big ceremony every year about it. They have a certain priest who does nothing his whole life but protect the shrine where the Ark is supposedly held, but nobody is allowed to go in there but him, so noone but this certain line of priests has ever seen it. Also, they do have a lot of the instruments that were used in the second temple.

Supposedly the Ark was brought to Ethiopia by some Jewish refugees, as there were a lot of Jews in Ethiopia way back in the day.

All the Ethiopian Churches around the world have a little replica of the Ark in their Altar area. I don’t know why though, but I think it’s kind of neat. I’ve never been to an Ethiopian Church, but there are a few in America that I would like to visit.

Comment from Shannon Evans
Time: July 22, 2007, 9:18 pm

I actually love Kenya!!! I spent a week or so there in ‘03 when I was like a baby baby baby Christian, then returned in ‘05 for a month as an intern at an orphanage. That month totally rocked me and there is so much love in my heart for that country. I really wanted to stay permanately, but the Lord had other plans and now we’re preparing to move to Malaysia in ‘09. I still dream of returning there someday. I joke (well I half-joke) that I’m gonna be put in charge of Kenya in the Millenial Kingdom! :)

I’d love to show you pics sometime in class… I can blab about my kids there forever! :)

I would be SO EXCITED if the Lord sent ya’ll to Kenya (or other nation in Africa) one day! Actually I am SO EXCITED that He is stirring intercession in your heart for His people there! Yay!!!!

Love ya
Shannon

Comment from Robin
Time: July 23, 2007, 2:11 am

Nick, I think you might have answered a few questions I have had about Ethiopian believers.

Briefly, one of my history teachers spoke about it. I wondered what the real significance was.

Thank you for your comment.

Comment from Nyla
Time: July 26, 2007, 1:17 pm

Robin, I love when God does this…begins to burn your heart with something and suddenly everywhere you go people are talking about it! I’ll be waiting for the day when you tell me it’s your turn to go! :)

Comment from Robin
Time: July 26, 2007, 8:34 pm

Nyla, I wish that day was today! Especially after reading about Shannon’s experience.

Yes Shannon! Bring on the pictures. You know Dana Petrelli is going this October. I have solicited myself to her as an asset to her trip. She not quite convinced yet.

Even if you don’t ‘love’ Africa, please pray a short prayer for me and my desire to go…if you just love me.

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