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International Board Meeting : Highlighting 2010

November 22nd, 2010 | Posted by | Ethiopia | Ethiopia Blog | Home Page | Events | Home Page | Horn of Africa | Kenya | Kenya Blog | Home Page | Leadership | Sudan | Sudan Blog

Two days ago, the LIA International Board of Directors met to discuss and approve many items as we looked back upon 2010 – and all that has been accomplished – and forward to 2011.

In light of what was shared to our Board, it seemed appropriate to share this information with you, our partners and supporters.

The late Andrew Murray famously stated that followers of Jesus are to, “beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things ‘above all that we ask or think’.”

We serve a mighty and powerful God who is bringing about change and transformation in Africa’s poorest communities. May we not limit God by what we believe to be possible!

Please join me in thanking God for the following highlights:

The LIA Cause

–    LIA staff has trained nearly 400 local church and lay-leaders in the ministry of transformational development this year.

–    These 400 people join a network of 56 churches that are actively serving in their community to meet the needs of the poorest.

–    Most of these churches operate openly in their context, while others serve underground.

–    Community development activities are far ranging, from street children rehabilitation to shoe-manufacturing to elementary schooling, based on the community need.

–    As a result of this activity, more than 44,000 people have been served by LIA through those we have trained, thus far into 2010.

We are humbled and encouraged by how the Lord is moving through the communities we serve.  It is in the Lord we put our trust in light of planning for 2011.

Praying For Peace

November 16th, 2010 | Posted by | Home Page | Home Page | Leadership | Home Page | Pray | Sudan | Sudan Blog | Rumbek | Sudan | Sudan Blog

On January 9, 2011 the entire nation of Sudan will cast their vote regarding the succession of southern Sudan from the North. This vote is a critical component of the comprehensive peace agreement (2005) and has been both long awaited and much anticipated.

To learn more about the nature of the vote and what is at stake, we encourage you to review this article from bbc.com.
It is no secret that Sudan’s past has been characterized by much hardship, unrest, and fighting. The result of these social challenges has been the displacement of millions of southerners who have found temporary resettlement in North Sudan, Egypt and Chad. Those who have been displaced are beginning to transition back to the south, even now, in anticipation of this monumental vote. When they return, they will find their former homeland in shambles.

Please join us as we pray for peace and ask for the Lord’s mighty protection and guidance as this important decision is reached.

Please pray for the resettlement of the millions who find themselves again without the stability of a home.

Lastly, please pray for our staff as they continue to serve the Sudanese believers in the North – preparing these churches to continue our ministry of transformational development in whatever communities they will end up.
We are humbled by the Lord’s grace and provision in our communities we serve in both North and South Sudan and are presenting our concerns and our plea of peace to the Lord.

In the midst of great strife and great struggle we place our trust in a faithful and loving Father.