Thursday June 14th 2018
Please continue to pray for the situation in the Central African Republic as armed conflict continues in many parts of the country. On May 24th, the United States State Department issued the following travel advisory on the Central African Republic:
Do not travel to Central African Republic (CAR) due to crime and civil unrest.
Violent crime, such as armed robbery, aggravated battery, and homicide, is common.
Large areas of the country are controlled by armed groups who regularly kidnap, injure, and/or kill civilians. In the event of unrest, airport, land border, and road closures may occur with little or no notice.
The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Central African Republic as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside the Embassy compound.
Please pray for Dr. Hibaile and his family ... for their safety and for their ministry of the gospel. Pray also for the funds he requires to continue ministering to those in government, both in the CAR and in the surrounding countries. The door is open for him to proclaim Christ. Pray that the lack of funds will not hinder his ministry!
Monday February 19th 2018
I just arrived in Yaounde, Cameroon yesterday together with Pastor Mboi Andre, Abakar Ibrahim, Ismael Nogba and Jean de Dieu Lagnassa. We will meet with Evangelists from Chad, Cameroon and Encompass Experts Frank Puhl and Paul Klawitter to strategize about how to do Evangelisation in the Central African region now and in the future. The meeting will begin tomorrow until Friday.
I will have one week to rest, relax and visit with my daughter Jessie and her family before going back to Bangui on Saturday March 3, 2018.
Praise God for the opportunity CIDEL has to bring the leaders of the para church organisations in Bangui in a workshop where the question of taking our full responsibilities and inspiring trust and confidence was discussed at the Center of Ethics/Chapel at the University of Bangui. I was pleased with the participants of those invited and their contribution. We were asked to continue with such meeting.
Please pray for CIDEL's project to travel to Bozoum (West of the country) to do a workshop with the Pastors and their wives on the renewing of mind (Rom. 12:2) on different topics from March 17-22, 2018.
Pray for CIDEL's project to bring some students of the university of Bangui trained on leadership and ethics in our center to share the principles on how to change their habits, their attitude in leadership with the students of the Agricultural Departement of the University in Mbaiki during the second trimester.
Pray for a serie of leadership training with the professors of the University of Bangui requested by the President of the University
Project of leadership training with the key leaders of the Political Parties in CAR to train them on the Power of character, the prevention of corruption, governing as Statemen not politician, Governing in partnership with God, etc.
Pray that God will provide with financial means to allow CIDEL to meet his growing ministry in the CAR.
Sunday January 21st 2018
Greetings to all,
Today my wife and I were invited to a diner with 26 couples that we have been their best man and maiden of honor since 2006. In 2012, God inspired us to organize an agape with all the couples we have worked with them in their marriages and have the first diner of the year in January 1, 2012. The second experience was in January 1, 2015 during the time of unrest in CAR. The third was held at the home of the first couple that we have been with them in 2006 and the fourth agape took place today.
We were encouraged by the testimonies of several of those couples who have been blessed by God since they became married and are doing their best to be faithful. They said that my marriage with Marie Helene has given a good example to them. We praised God for giving us such ministry that is blessing many families and impacting the lives of many children who will follow the examples of their parents.
Thank you for all your support for my family and ministry in the Central African Republic.
Tuesday December 19th 2017
Greetings to all,
After 13 weeks of training 647 students in small groups on the Habitudes: images that form the habits and attitudes of leadership by Tim Elmore, 350 who have accomplish all the requirement, received their Certificate of completion last Friday, December 15, 2017 from the Representant of the Rector of the University of Bangui.
The impact of that training is great. A student girl who participated to that training and was a Buddhist ended by accepting Jesus as her personal Savior. Praise God who is bringing many to the eternal life through the ministry of CIDEL.
Please pray that God will continue to provide means for the growing ministry of CIDEL in CAR.
Attached are some pictures of the graduation ceremony.
Tuesday November 28th 2017
We just finished five days of the leadership seminars with students' leaders of the University of Bangui on the Power of character. Gerhard and Brett Pointmen youth instructors from South Africa have done an outstanding ministry with the youth program that inspire young leaders with ethical values.
The participants of the seminars have requested that Pointman youth groups be created in CAR. Pray that God will inspire CIDEL to organize small groups of Pointman youth leaders at the University of Bangui, in different churches and different neighborhoods throughout the country. Pray also that God will provide financially for the ministry of CIDEL.
Please see attached pictures of the seminars, the audience with the Prime Minister a Pointman's Alumni.
The instructors are going back to South Africa this afternoon. Pray for their safe journey back home to Cape Town.
Wednesday November 15th 2017
Dear prayer supporters,
Praise God who has allowed us to organize the first prayer breakfast in the CAR in November 7, 2017. After his participation to the Berlin Internationale Gathering for the first time, H.E Simplice Mathieu SARANDJI, Prime minister has decided to launch the Prayer Breakfast in Bangui.
It's was an outstanding event that has seen the participation of all leaders from all the spheres of the authority. The theme was on peace and reconciliation with the help of Jesus of Nazareth. The president, head of the State, the President of the National Assembly and the Prime minister have moderated each section of the program from 9 am to 6pm.
There are good feedback from many people who have appreciated the contributions of Hon. Rudolf Decker from Germany and Henri Minder from Switzerland. Many people are asking that the prayer breakfast be done each year to connect people with God for wisdom to solve the war situation the country is facing for years now.
Thank you all for your prayers. See pictures below of the event.
Thursday October 26th 2017
I felt down in our toilet yesterday around 1AM after dizziness. An X-Ray done today revealed that my nose has à minor fracture. Doing Well but hâve some pain.
Appreciate your prayers for me and Marie Helene with all we are facing as the conséquence of thé release of all thé national workers from Encompass.
Sunday October 15th 2017
I am together with 10 other Africans including those from Nigeria for the train the training course. Everything is going well here in the Christian camp. Internet is limited and the training is very intensive. I appreciate your prayer for me having to translate all the days long. We only pause for lunch, diner.
Thanks to all!
Tuesday October 10th 2017
Dear Friends of Cidel,
This past Saturday we had the opportunity to give Dr. Hibaile a tour of the Lancaster BIble College campus (see photo below). He wanted to see the college as his daughter, Andrea (her second visit to LBC's campus) is currently making plans to attend LBC next fall. Please pray for her as she continues her English study at the International Language Institute in Washington, DC. Please pray for Dr. Hibalie as he translates at Pointman leadership traning conference in New England (Oct. 12 - 19). Eight leaders from four countries surrounding the Central African Republic will be trained in leadership at this confernce. Upon their return to Africa, they will be working alongside of Dr. Hibalie in the mission of CIDEL.
(left to right: John F. Smith - editor), Andrea, Paul Mutchler, Augustin, Scott Tanner)
Thursday September 21st 2017
One of the Pointman Licensee's instructor from Cameroon who has to participate to the Train The Trainers workshop in Monterey, MA in October 2017 was not granted with the US visa after his interview at the Consulate today in Yaounde, Cameroon.
Based on that, I wonder if most of the 12 expected to be part of that TTT could not get the visa what will be the plan B for that training and my travel to the USA (scheduled to September 29) should be!
Please pray that those appointed for the US visa from CAR (4), Cameroon (2), Congo (2) and DRC (2) will be get a favor of being issuing with the visa to be able to make the training happen. Otherwise, this will affect my plan to visit some of you during this trip. The trip will be sponsored by Pointman Leadership Institute and if the training is postponed because of the lack of visa, it's may not be possible for me to travel. I pray that God will allow me to make that trip to see my daughter and arrange some of her school's need.
Thanks for praying for this very important project of training those instructors who will help me in conducting ethical leadership and anti corruption seminars throughout the Francophone Africa countries.
I am hosting the Executive Director of the Encompass World Partners and his team from the USA at the Mission's property here in Bangui. Today, we were welcomed by the Prime Minister in his cabinet and prayed with me.