In August 2013 we traveled with Johan and Electa Potgieter, who lead the Africa Forum, to host a pastor's conference in Buea, Cameroon. Late in 2015 we again traveled with the Potgieters to Swaziland, where we hosted about twenty Mozambican pastors and church leaders (pictured above) in one module of the Africa Forum's Church Development Plan.
And now, we are headed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to do the same.
The Church Development Plan is a strategy to foster kingdom advance by developing strong leaders and healthy churches. The next two weeks in three cities in DRC will feature the first module of Life Training School (LTS), the Father-heart of God. We trust that they will encounter Father and all misconceptions about Him and His ultimate intentions will be made right. Then we trust they will be empowered to bring His Father-heart to their congregations. Forgiveness will be another hot topic that we trust will bring healing and freedom. They will also receive ministry to their marriages as well as practical training in church leadership and governance.
Additionally, Chandra is leading a workshop for Christian primary school educators, and Mike is facilitating workshops for lead worshipers and musicians.
While we are in the Congo, Charis and Russell are staying home in Pretoria, continuing in school and their normal activities, and a young ministry couple from the local church is staying with them.
Please pray for the ministry in the DRC, that God profoundly touches these leaders and that in turn their churches are blessed: that central Africa discovers God is a good, good Father! Also pray for travel logistics, provision and safety, and for the kids while we are away.