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.
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
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,