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Anglican Church playing key role in tackling malaria in southern Africa

The Bishops of Angola, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe took part in recent World Malaria Day events along the shared borders between the four countries. As Southern African countries move closer to malaria elimination, increased community and church involvement is needed to identify and treat every last case of malaria, and to provide trusted malaria education on how the disease is spread and how to prevent it. Ministers of Health emphasised the important role of the Anglican Church in ending malaria for good.

Communities along the border areas of Angola, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are hard to reach and often lack access to the basic health services available in more developed areas.  The Anglican Church, located in some of the most remote areas, helps to fill this gap by providing cadres of community malaria volunteers. Church volunteers are already trusted by their community members and are therefore effective in encouraging behaviour change to prevent malaria.

During World Malaria Day activities on the Angola-Namibia border, the Namibian Minister of Health,  Dr. Haufiku, and Angola’s Minister of Health, Dr. Sambo, emphasised the need to work in the community and with the community, from house to house. These messages re-enforce the community-based model employed by the Anglican Church, and recognise the work currently conducted by church volunteers.

On the Zambia-Zimbabwe border, Ministers of Health from the two countries joined together to announce a historic partnership to eliminate malaria. The signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) paves the way for coordinated prevention and education activities on either side of the border – work already being championed by the Anglican Church at grassroots level.

Bishop David Njovu of the Anglican Diocese of Lusaka, nicknamed the “Malaria Bishop” for his commitment to malaria elimination, was in attendance during the day’s events:  “It was very encouraging to hear the Ministers of Health from Zambia and Zimbabwe recognise our important role as Anglicans in the fight against malaria,” he said. “Today served as a reminder of how we can make a real difference in the lives of so many within our communities.”

Be Defined by God, Not Other People

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God made every human being to please Him and to not be defined by others, says Saddleback Church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.

“Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts,” reads 1st Thessalonians 2:4b., Warren shared in a devotional on Monday.

Warren said the scripture shows “success in life is being exactly who you were created to be and nothing more.”

“God did not make you to be what somebody else wants you to be. God didn’t make you to be what your parents want you to be, what your girlfriend or boyfriend wants you to be, what your spouse wants you to be or your boss or your friends want you to be,” said Warren.

God made you to be you. If you’re going to become all you can be, you have to refuse to be defined by others.”

Warren went on to draw a biblical parallel to Moses, who Hebrews chapter 11 says “refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.”
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/rick-warren-be-defined-by-god-not-other-people-bible-thessalonians-168796/#B3AjsmwxDJUHlQcI.99

Has The Lord Once Been Good To You?

Praise the Lord!

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He

Is good!

For His mercy endures forever.,” Psalm 106:1 NKJV.

Those words are true In every sense.

Irrespective of your age, have you ever once experienced the goodness of God? No matter your present negative circumstances, can you remember that the Lord had been good to you before or even now?

If the odd event(s) in your life now has blurred your vision and you cannot see any of God’s good works, let me remind you of one.

That you are reading this piece or it is read to you is a proof of God’s goodness to you. You are still alive! A reasonable percent of the cells in your body are functioning well.

It is possible that you are going through a harrowing time in your life. One thing is sure:if the Lord has been good to you in the past, he is still good to you now. Unbelievable?

You must know that

“all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.

Therefore, turn the searchlight to your heart and ask “Do I love God?” If you find out that your love for God is questionable, then believe that the Lord who had once been good, is still good and will always be good to you.

Therefore, begin to praise and thank Him for

“He is good and His mercy endures forever. ” Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.

Note

NKJV is New King James Version of the Holy Bible.

by Olawale Ogunsola

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God’s Requirement from you

“Forever, O Lord,

Your word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89.

One thing people of God ought to be grateful for, after their salvation, is the availability of the Guiding Manual, that is the Holy Bible. For any of His own elect to live in light in a world full of darkness, calls for instructions of the Lord which He gave out of His uncommon love from a pure heart. (more…)

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How Big Is Your Ego

How Great is your God

(Thoughts on Psalm 8)

The psalms are filled with wonderful descriptions of the greatness of God. Psalm 8 is no exception. Let’s take a look at this ancient hymn so we can increase our praise vocabulary and encourage one another by focusing on God instead of ourselves. (more…)

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Having Faith

It’s not always easy to have faith when things are not going your way. It feels less burdensome to have faith when things are going well. One even forgets to pray at times when we are untroubled. This is also okay.

But what happens when you have done all you think you should have done with regards to keeping positive and looking at the brighter side of life? You kept praying day in and day out, reading the bible, listening to worship music, being faithful to God and yet still not seeing God’s mercy, resulting in you feeling really low.You keep calm and try your best to maintain the faith, and make peace with the situation you find yourself in, but is it easier said than done?

Remember you are not alone; many others out there are going through similar situations, if not greater than yours, and just as complicated.

You see God works differently to what you think, and sometimes He may not give you exactly what you asking for, as it may not be good for you at the time. Most of the time I believe he gives you more. You just need to persevere and keep your eyes and heart open.

My understanding has been that faith is something you cannot see or touch, but something that you feel in your soul.

However if you find yourself being tested, and this will happen quite often, you need to grow through the situation and become a victor, not a victim.

You see, God sets us up for success. At times you may think everything’s not going well, you feel depressed, you keep reading your bible looking for inspirational verses and quotes. Yet in some instances all it’s doing is making you feel more depressed.

This is the time you need to take a break from everything, distract yourself, go visit a friend or a relative that makes you happy, but just do something different to what you have being doing for the last while. Take a walk on the beach (force yourself if necessary.)

Find a new book to read, something different but uplifting, but nothing deep. Sometimes these spiritual books help keep us focused, and there may be a message in one of them that speaks to you.

The trick is to have faith and believe in God, even if you have doubts about yourself and your situation. You see the bible teaches us to believe and trust in the Lord for his light will shine upon you. As long as you believe and keep the faith, everything will eventually work out.

You will have good and bad days, you simply cannot just have good days all the time. This would become very tedious over time, believe me. There will be tumult and upheaval in your life; you may not like it at times or even understand it.

My advice would be to keep renewing your faith and trusting in the Lord. Remember the greater the adversity the greater the reward, as long as you sustain your faith in God’s word He will continue to bless you.

Southern Anglican Correspondent

Feeling-stuck

Feeling stuck? Follow these 7 steps to get unstuck

Are there hopes and desires that you once had, and now there somewhere in the distance? Maybe you have tried to step out many different times, only to see things crumble and lay by the waste side. Perhaps, you’re tired of trying to get back up again, and you feel you’re your hope has been deferred one too many times. (more…)

Message from Joel Osteen Drop it negative baggage 2016

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(Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

“It’s time to drop it and move forward. The bible says: Where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom, not where the spirit of the Lord was.

You’re always thinking about yesterday, last month, last year – there’s no freedom there.

Step into the new things that God has in store for you. This is a new day that God has given you. New victories. New opportunities.”

Watch this awesome video here of a powerful message from Joel Osteen, one of our favourite authors.

Source: Southern Anglican online Magazine

When Jesus speaks to you

jesus-speaks-to-youWhen Jesus speaks to you, it most likely happens when your attention is fully on Him. God has many ways of communicating to me and to all of us. I am writing this down, because maybe somebody is wanting to know how to expect Him. He clearly works differently with each person, so I am not saying this is the only way He works. It is just to give people some ideas for those who want to experience God in a tangible way.

Source: http://southernanglican.co.za/when-jesus-speaks-to-you/

The Holy Spirit, Our Strengthener

joyce-meyerIf you’ve ever heard me share my testimony of how I was abused by my father throughout my childhood, you know I’ve gone through some really difficult times. In fact, there were some things that were so painful, I wondered if I would survive them. But I did, and now one of my greatest desires is to help others know how to trust God and lean on Him so they can overcome their struggles too.

There’s a huge difference between a Christian who just tries to make it on their own and one who really relies on the Holy Spirit to enable them to do whatever they need to do. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to take His place here in the earth. He can be everywhere, all the time, and because He lives in us as born-again believers, Jesus will never leave us or forsake us.

Source: Southern Anglican