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.
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
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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.