Dawbies in Africa

BIBLE STUDY & PRAYER MEETINGS

11 Oct 2012

 

On a weekly basis we are attending a Bible Study & Prayer Meeting at our church.

Bible studies are held in a number of different locations throughout Katutura & beyond. Our group meets at the church & we usually have around 15 to 20 attending. It’s a wonderful thing to be part of a small group who take delight in gathering around God’s word on a regular basis.

We have been studying “The Call to Fruitful Living” & have been challenged by what the Bible has to say about how we should live our lives & grow in Christian character. As we have personally found, the more we study the Bible & apply it on a daily basis, the more the Holy Spirit transforms us to be like Christ. The Bible talks about becoming a “new creation” where we no longer live for ourselves but for others. How different this is to the self-centered, wealthy & consumer-driven culture we come from.

As the weeks go by we are getting to know our brothers & sisters a little better. Lots of conversation & laughter at coffee time!  The study is conducted in both English & Otjiherero & many have sound Biblical knowledge to draw upon. Others are new to the faith & keen to learn. Life is not easy for many in Namibia & there is little in material wealth, however Christian joy & contentment is evident, as many have found new life in Christ.

The weekly church prayer meeting is also well attended. Once again a wonderful opportunity to come before the Lord in praise, give thanks for answered prayer, & bring our requests before His throne. Individual prayer requests are also shared as we encourage one another through prayer. At the prayer meeting tonight we had 37 in attendance & the meeting went for 1.5 hours.

We may be in a different country & attending a different church however some things just don’t change.  God’s word & the power of prayer are there for everyone. 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions & desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking & envying each other”.     Galatians 5:22-26.

Sunrise over Windhoek