March 2013 Issue 122
A Newsletter for the Friends & Supporters of African Enterprise
AE Foxfire Youth Evangelists
Help Transform the Next Generation
Through their creative and unique style of evangelism and their honest and open message of hope, AE Foxfire youth evangelists are impacting thousands of young people in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Malawi. led me to a faith in Jesus Christ. I went on to audition for the Malawian Foxfires in early 2011. I was still spiritually quite immature. My transformation came about when I was exposed to the Foxfires training content, especially in the areas of character and God’s love. When I answered an invitation to join the Foxfires No one better epitomises this than Malawian Foxfire in 2011 little did I know that God was opening a special Coordinator, Wellington. His life has been forever door of opportunity for me. I have been groomed as an changed through your support of the program. He entertainer for Christ! explains in his own words, The AE Foxfire program has really changed my life. If I When I was a teenager I started smoking Indian could take my heart out and show you the miraculous Hemp and drinking beer excessively. I was also things that God has done in me, I would. If it were not for quite a well-known break dancer in Malawi and African Enterprise, I would not be where I am today. It is won a coveted national prize in 2005, which I only through the faithful prayers and financial support then went on to defend 2 years later. I was also a of AE’s partners that this has been made possible. martial arts expert and ruthless gang leader and usually regularly viciously Isn’t that wonderful? God gave Wellington a new beat up my rivals. purpose in life and now he serves as a Foxfire reaching other young men for the Lord! So thank you for your In September 2007 I was support of what God is doing in and through AE’s Foxfire radically healed after youth evangelists. You are helping transform the next being extremely ill and this generation! AE’s Foxfires had great success in sharing the gospel throughout Africa in 2012 and transforming the lives of the next generation of Africans. It’s not only those who hear from the Foxfires, but those trained as Foxfires also benefit from this ministry.
“The AE Foxfire program has really changed my life… It is only through the faithful prayers and financial support of AE’s partners that this has been made possible.” –Wellington, AE Foxfire youth evangelist
Things Happen Through Your Support
Building the Church in Rwanda
IN THIS ISSUE:
Foxfire Evangelists Transforming the Next Generation
A letter from AE International Team Leader
AE Team Leader
Guide Makore Visits Down Under
AE Zimbabwean Team Leader Guide Makore will be joining us this month in Australia. Guide will be speaking at a variety of churches, small groups and colleges. Visit www.africanenterprise.com.au for detailed event information. Zimbabwe Key Facts: • Capital city: Harare with a population of 1,896,134 • Total population of Zimbabwe: 12.6 million • Zimbabwe is a landlocked country twice the size of the United Kingdom. It occupies the high plateau between the Zambezi River to the north and the Limpopo to the south, with a mountainous region in the east. Zambia, Mozambique and Botswana border Zimbabwe • The majority of the people of Zimbabwe are Christians. The religious distribution includes western theology based Christians 50%, traditional Christian 25%, Animism 24% and Muslims 1%.
Fun Trivia: 1. What is the 2nd most important city in Zimbabwe? 2. What is the official language of Zimbabwe? 3. Outside which city does the ‘ancient ruins of Zimbabwe’ sit? (answers below)
Answers from above: 1. Bulawayo, 2. English, 3. Masvingo
Amulikira Patrick (2nd from Right) with Team Leader Geoffrey Byarugaba (Right) Late last year African Enterprise let friends like you know about the immediate need we faced in taking the gospel to the unreached people in Africa. Many of you will remember the story of Patrick who happened to stumble on a church service where AE Ugandan team leader, Geoffrey Byarugaba, was speaking. There was an audible gasp across the congregation as Patrick entered the church as he was a known fundamentalist Muslim. He gave his life to the Lord that day. Patrick is a passionate follower of Christ and has already brought 8 of his Muslim friends to the Lord. Geoffrey who
spoke at the church that morning received an urgent request from the Pastor asking for bibles for all their new members. As we have shared with you many times, AE is a ministry that lives by faith, believing and trusting that the Lord will provide what is necessary through friends like you. Thankfully, many friends like you responded to this need, providing nearly $50 000 to support evangelists like Geoffrey, who didn’t know what God was going to do that day.
Support builds the
Pastor Theoneste at the Rwanda Rally
Thanks to your ongoing support of missions work in Africa the AE team in Rwanda have continued supporting the churches following the Rusizi mission in 2012. All the churches involved have started discipleship courses for the new believers. Many churches witnessed a rapid growth due to the number of salvations that occurred during this time, totalling almost 8000. Pastor Nsengumuremyi Theoneste from a church in the Mururu Sector mentioned an increase of 70 members, which brought his small church to double the initial size. When Missions Director, Songe Chibambo, was in Australia last year, we asked him why follow up was so important. He shares: “If mission is not funded well we end up doing a half hearted job. We need to plan well and invest in the church pastors so there can be lasting change. If we do this we empower the church and equip them so when we leave a city they can follow through with the plans and when we return 3 years later we see evidence of fruit that abides!” Mission begins when we go and liaise with church leaders in any city in any location. It’s all about discipleship and funds enable us to do that.
for the Unreached AE Executive Director, Peter Cheel shares: “Africa needs more Christians who are passionate about the Gospel that will take up this mandate to reach out to the frontier regions of Africa. This is right at the heart of what AE is all about. This support will go a long way to help our teams in Africa... and help proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to thousands of unreached people. Thank you for saying “yes”. We – and the church leaders in Africa who will benefit – are deeply grateful!
LEAvE A LEGACy & ChAnGE LIvES! African Enterprise began in 1962 with the goal to “evangelise the cities of Africa through word and deed in partnership with the church.” Ever since then, we have been fulfilling this call to help meet the tremendous physical, social and spiritual needs in Africa. One way that you too can meet the needs of our brothers and sisters in Africa is by leaving a legacy to African Enterprise. A legacy, or a gift in your will, is a way for you to leave your mark on this world for Jesus Christ long after you are gone! Your legacy to African Enterprise will make a real difference in today’s world and touch thousands of lives for Christ for years to come. So please request more information on leaving a legacy on the enclosed reply card.
A letter from
Stephen Mbogo to you Dear Friend, I am full of expectation about all the new ways your support is enabling AE to reach out to people in Africa as never before in this new year! As Isaiah says, “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland” (Isaiah 43:19).
I return to my home country of Kenya after completing a Ph.D. at Biola University in Los Angeles, my heart is filled with joy to thank you for your partnership in helping us create the new rivers of hope in Africa that God promises.
So thank you for standing with us through You see this in how your generosity has opened your prayers and generous giving! up new hope and joy for youth through the Foxfires (front page) and for vulnerable new Yours for God’s new things in Africa, Christians in Rwanda (pg. 3). We also see God’s new things in how he is leading AE forward into new ministry fruitfulness. It Stephen Mbogo was my honour to take the reins as International International Team Leader Team Leader as of January 1st this year. And as We have great pleasure in formally announcing the appointment of Mr. John Richards as the next Chief Operating Officer of the African Enterprise Partnership. John will be taking up this appointment effective 1st May 2013. John is married to Fiona and has two grown daughters. He currently lives in the UK, where he will have his work base but will also spend some time each year in South Africa where he has family. We welcome John into the AE family and ask that you pray for John and Fiona as he takes up this important senior position. We look forward to working with John.
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