Monday January 21st 2019
|Thu, Jan 17, 4:01 AM (5 days ago)
to Tom, sctanner, me, augustinhibaile
Dear prayer supporter,
Yesterday CIDEL's team and PLI instructors have a wonderful leadership seminar on the Power of Character on behalf of 26 Catholic Priests and Sisters who requested our training. They were overwhelmed by the content, the quality and the important of the training. I praise God that we have the opportunity to share God's principles with those religious leaders who highly appreciated our training.
We are preparing an important encounter with the members of the CAR Parliament to train more than 140 from that State Institution. We need your prayer for a good preparation before March 2019. Please pray that the Political Dialogue scheduled for January 24th in Khartoum/Sudan will bring understanding on peace in the country. We are tired of violences and human abuse and want God's divine intervention in the hearts of those who do not respect the dignity of human being.
Thank you for your friendship in the Lord's ministry for years now.
Together we can make more impact on people's lives.
Wednesday January 2nd 2019
Greetings from Africa!
Our new year of grace was introduced by the celebration of the incarnation of God through the virgin birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Christmas message is a message of Immanuel, God with us through the years.
2019 is another sequence of time before us. My wish is that Immanuel will continue the spiritual journey with us wherever we are or go throughout this year.
I am very happy to exchange the blessings of God with you during the past years. I hope we will continue to serve and encourage each other to keep our faith in Jesus.
I appreciate your continue prayer support for my family and ministry in a "Dark continent" such us Africa that God is doing great things. I am very grateful to be one of those God is using to lift up his glory in the African continent.
More opportunities are before me this year. Please intercede for:
1- My trip with Marie Helene to the national conference of the Grace Brethren churches in Bossangoa north-west of the country from 7-11 January 2019
2- Leadership seminar with the Episcopal Conference of the Catholic Church in January 16, 2019
3- CIDEL's ministry at the university of Bangui with students and professors
4- Leadership seminar to the Parliament of CAR in March 2019.
5- Many other opportunities ahead.
Friday December 14th 2018
Please be in prayer for the following:
- That the vision for ethics training would be passed on to coming generations across the entire continent of Africa.
- For qualified workers to carry out CIDEL’s vision and ministry across different spheres of society.
- That churches in CAR would catch the vision for societal transformation.
- For financial support, so CIDEL can respond to requests for training.
- For someone to take the reigns from Dr. Hibaile as he looks toward retirement.
Thursday September 27th 2018
From the Editor:
I recently received an email from Augustin Hibaile. In it he shared some discouragements he is currently facing. One involves the lack of board members. He is asking for prayer that God will raise up individuals who will catch the vision of CIDEL's ministry.
A second discouragment involves those with whom he works. Since 2005, CIDEL has functioned with three full time workers (including Dr. Hibalie). However, recently one of his staff had to go on administrative leave while another has accepted a call to serve as a missionary in Ivory Coast. This leaves Dr. Hibaile all alone to attempt to take on increasing opportunities for ministry.
He is right now feeling overwhelmed with these developments. In his own words: "This is my spiritual warfare I am facing these days. I need your prayers. Please mobilize prayer warriors to support me during this difficult time so that God will bring godly workers into his harvest."
Please join me in praying for our brother. And ask others to pray as well!
Thanks for caring and praying!
John F. Smith
Wednesday August 29th 2018
Dear prayer supporters,
I appreciate your support for my family and request that you pray for my daughther Netopha 'surgery schedule for tomorrow that everything will go well.
The surgery took time to be schedule because of the strike of the medical staff.
Thanks to all,
Tuesday August 7th 2018
Greetings to every one!
Praise God we are able to make it graciously in the month of August.
July was a little bit difficult for my family and ministry but God is still in control.
There is a strike at the hospital so my daughter is not scheduled yet for her surgery. Please pray for the opportunity my daughter can have for her treatment.
The project of CIDEL for a pedagogical mission to the University in the South of Bangui was postponed until next month. We have a three days workshop planned with the pastors of the District of Bangui II (Grace Brethren Churches) that was scheduled for today, was also postponed because the Pastors and their wives were not ready.
Please pray for my family and for CIDEL's ministry. We are facing the devil opposition in many ways but count on the power and authority of our Lord.
Together in his ministry.
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.