Sunday: This prayer letter concentrates on the aftermath of the terrible mudslide. S.L.M. and F.S.L. sent money to Sierra Leone where Magnus and Daniel have distributed the funds. Please pray for discrimination and wisdom for the leaders in S.L. as they carry out this ministry. The prayer points have been copied from emails from S.L.
Monday: Fina Koroma: Fina is around 26 years who survived the mudslide because her 5year old child was admitted to the hospital the day before the slide. Her husband, 3 other children and 3 other relatives all were covered by the landslide. One of the people that died was her younger brother who was due to travel that very afternoon before the disaster after a two weeks holiday from the interior. Fina is currently very depressed and confused. I prayed for her and encouraged her to trust in Jesus. She is a Christian and she is currently living in an unfinished Church building.
Tuesday: Paul S Turay; He is 22 years and lived with his sister. They were 9 in the small Aluminium Sheet built hut. All but Paul were buried under the mud. He is now staying on the veranda of a community member. He says he will continue to attend school in the next week. He looks strong but has a lot of sadness in his eyes and is likely in shock for now.
Wednesday: Mamy Sama Conteh is a mother of 11 children. She had lost 8 in the course of time, and the one who was the breadwinner called Neneh, whom she was staying with, died in the mudslide. They were ‘stone miners’ and the old woman was saved because she left home very early in the morning under heavy rainfall to visit her friend. As soon as she left, the mud buried her entire household. What pain for this 65-70 year old Mamy.
Thursday: Daniel Kamara is the young boy (10yrs) whom the flash flood dashed through stones and trees into a banana tree, which was uprooted by the wild waters, and left him with a broken leg and arm. He was rescued and taken to hospital. His left foot was amputated and his right arm is being treated. His situation is serious. He was crying when I visited – He is suffering pain – This poor little boy. He managed to say thank you for the package of monies. We should continue to pray for him -poor Daniel. Lest I forget his father, who is a taxi driver, survived because he had left for his taxi driving and did not know that Daniel was alive until after 20 days. He was shocked to hear that. This donation will help a lot to pay for the hospital treatment.
Friday: Fina Koroma is a trader who had a little shop. The mudslide covered her shop and three other people. She thinks all is lost. She burst into tears when I considered her situation and decided to extend this blessing to her. Le 500,000 is very crucial for her to continue her business.
Saturday: I am sending a testimony of a pregnant woman a survivor, whose husband died in the morning of the landslide. As they were escaping from the disaster the woman and the child were in the front followed by the father. As they ran a huge stone knocked the man from the back. He was rushed to the hospital where he later died. Only the two of them survived plus the baby to be born without a father.
This week’s prayer time at New Connexions saw Joanna using Scripture and some phone logos – here they are – enjoy.
Sunday: Pray for the leadership and pastors of the Countess Churches in Sierra Leone. Pray for wisdom and guidance as they carry out their responsibilities. Pray for the pastors to have a caring, servant heart for their congregations and that their ministry might produce fruit for the Kingdom. Pray for Kelvin and Ransford- pastors on sick leave.
Monday: Pray for the many teachers in our Connexional schools. Pray that during the summer break they will feel refreshed and invigorated for the new term in September. Pray that they will value each child in their care and realise their potential.
Tuesday: Pray for the children who attend our schools and churches. Pray that they might know the love of Jesus in their young lives and grow up to be mighty witnesses to the gospel.
Wednesday: Pray for the children and adults living at Bethesda. Two new children will soon join them from the streets; pray that they will settle quickly and experience the unique blessing of living in Bethesda.
Thursday: Pray for the work with the street children. Pray that they might see the love of Jesus in Magnus and Albert as they seek to help these vulnerable children.
Friday: Pray that many people will be moved in the U.K. to make up shoe bags for the children in Sierra Leone. Pray that the salvage from Glastonbury and Reading will reach the neediest of people. Pray for the safe and complete shipping of supplies from the U.K.
Saturday: Pray for the S.L.M. committee; after several changes pray that they might be of one mind. Pray that monies entrusted to S.L.M. might be wisely distributed. Pray that the love of our brothers and sisters in S.L. might increase and be infectious to everyone in the U.K. Connexional churches.
Some study questions based on the sermon Do You Have Real Peace?
- Read Colossians 2:8-14
- Verse 8 – How might we be captured, and by what kinds of empty philosophies and high sounding nonsense?
- Verses 9 & 10 – Why is it crucial that we see and believe the truth that Christ is both completely man and completely God? Also what does it mean, “that you are complete by your union with God“?
- Verses 11 & 12 – Discuss what we heard in the sermon about these verses on circumcision and baptism. How might we overstate or understate the importance of a public declaration of faith in baptism?
- Verses 13 & 14 – Pastor says, “These are powerful statements and if taken to heart will have a profound affect on the believer” Do you agree, if so (or not) why, and what difference is it going to have on your life with Christ?
This study is based on the sermon Nothing New Here!
- Read Colossians 1:24-29; what are your first thoughts?
- Paul says he is glad to suffer and that he is participating in the sufferings of Christ [cf. 2 Corinthians 11:23-27]. Talk through what he means and how we should apply this in our lives.
- Paul is at pains to make clear that he is a servant for God. Discuss why it is important that we understand this and live it out.
- What does it mean to preach the whole gospel and how do we do it?
- God’s wisdom and strength are the key to Paul’s service – are we working, serving and living in His strength, power and wisdom? what difference does it make?
A study on Colossians 1:21-23
If you missed the sermon you can pick it up here: K.I.S.S.
- What is ‘the whole Gospel?’ – Discuss.
- Why does Paul describe humanity as alienated and hostile in mind, enemies of God, evil etc. and why do we need to tell people that?
- What does it mean to be: a) reconciled, b) presented to God, c) holy, d) blameless and e) above reproach?
- What might stop us from continuing in the faith?
- Spend some time, as a group, in prayer: for each other; our fellowship and the lost.
This study is based on the sermon What you see is what you get!
- Before reading the passage share with each other how you would answer someone who asks ‘who is Jesus Christ, and why should I be bothered?’
- Reading: Colossians 1:15-20
This passage is full of incredible and sometimes complex statements which we unpacked in the sermon.
- As a group take each phrase and carefully discuss what it says about the person and work of Christ
- What difference does having a right understanding of who He is make to us as individuals today.
This study is based on the two sermons below and so it would be beneficial to have heard them prior to the study:
This is Amazing Grace
How do I know what God wants me to do?
- What do we know about this letter (why and when did Paul write etc.), Colossae, and the Colossian church?
- Read the passage: Colossians 1:1-14
- Work through the passage again – slowly, paying particular attention to what it teaches us about prayer. Which aspects of Paul’s approach to prayer might be missing in our prayer lives? Discuss and then consider how this can be put right.
- How can we know the will of God? Discuss this question in some depth, it’s a major topic amongst Christians today, yet the answer is plain and simple, so why do we still struggle.
- Please take some time together praying for each other and the wider fellowship; that we may know more and more of Jesus in our lives.
Pray for the fellowship of Ebenezer Lumley and the family of Rev.Angel Ama-Lamin who died recently. Peter had the privilege to pray for him whilst in Sierra Leone.
Pray for the new clinic which has been established at The Theological College at Jui. This clinic will serve the local community. Pray especially for the little girl with third degree burns to her leg.
Pray for the patients and staff at the hospital at Koidu. Peter and Janet were given the opportunity to visit and pray for individuals, including Muslims. They also met Victoria a three year old who had accidentally been pushed backwards into boiling water. Her chance of survival is minimal but with prayer and God’s intervention a miracle is possible.
Sierra Leone is heading for elections early next year and the process has started with voter registration. Pray against any form of violence approach that electoral process and for God to lead the people of this country to vote for the right person.
Pray for wisdom for Bishop Theophilus as he makes important decisions. Pray also for Magnus, Daniel and Alex as they advise and support the Bishop.
Thank God for the wonderful work that is happening at Bethesda. Pray for Allusine, Musa and Issa as they have been reunited to their family but desire to be back at Bethesda. Thank God for Aminata and Sallie and pray that He will heal Sallie from her discomfort.
Thank God for the stoic teachers in our schools; against all odds they continue to give their best. Also pray for our pastors; for safety in travel, protection against illness and a fresh vitality in their ministry.
Here are Russell’s questions on Colossians 3:1-17. based on his sermon The Good Life
- What does Paul mean by “set your sights on the realities of heaven?”
- What misconceptions does the world have about heaven, including us?
- Explain what is meant by ‘hidden in Christ’? V3
- Why is it important to get rid of our old nature ? Give an example, if you can, the types of things that you once loved.
- Where do you find your identity? And how does knowing Christ change that?
- What does it mean to live the good life in Christ Jesus? Healthy eating, being self-sufficient or something entirely different?