RELIGIONS SET RULES; JESUS SET FREE!

Did you know? “Each one of us will give his/her personal account to God (Romans 14: 12)”

When you are set free by Jesus Christ; indeed you will be free, and your deepest desire will be nothing else than seeking to serve God no matter what!

As human being, youth, manly young adult we faced so many challenges in terms of temptations. As we grow up, our body and physical needs become our biggest challenges toward holiness. If not cupidity, sex envies, arrogance, lack of love/compassion, jealousy etc.

Today’s blog is just a personal reflection on topics I had during my spiritual practices and meditations. I have come to understand that: Yes! We are in this world (Full of wonders and all good things, full of evils and challenges) yet we are not of this world.

In John 8: 23, Jesus Christ said “you are from below; I am from the above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins”. However despite the fact that Jesus had referred to the world as “sins and darkness”; he said in John 8: 12, that “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life”. It is clear that Jesus Christ is not telling us ways to be forgiven our sins, but more than that, ways to live out of sins; ways to not be slaves of sins.

Galatians 5: 16; “so I say, walk by the spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the spirit; and the spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want”.

Walking by the spirit is a proof of being really set FREE. Whether conscious or unconscious; know this:

  • Know you have been set free from harmful desires and foolish ways to get rich. When you understand that the greatest richness we ever have is faith, not money! Because we brought nothing into the world, and we will take nothing out of it. Let be grateful for the food and clothing we gain graciously(1 Timothy 6: 6-8).
  • Know you have been set free from fornication and debauchery. When you flee from sexual immorality because you understood that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that it was bought at a price (1 Corinthians 6:18).
  • Know you have been set free from arrogance and selfishness. When you understand that the little/much things you have or have not; all your perfections and mistakes, are God’s ones and have to be used for his glory (1 Peter 5: 10).
  • Know you have been set free from self-pride. When you understand that, the goodness of your heart, the greatest of you testimonies are just tools that God has equipped you with as his own ambassadors for the progress of his mission (1 Peter 1: 8).
  • You are set free from hate/lack of love. When you do to others as you would love them done to you. Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. When you give to everyone who asks, and do not demand back what has been stolen from you (Luke 6: 27-34). Knowing that only God can reward you.

In conclusion, there is NOTHING new on hearth and never will be! What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new which one can say, « look! This is something new”, it was here already, long ago; it was here before our time (Ecclesiates 1: 9-10). The most important thing is seeking for God’s kingdom and his righteousness. For the Bible says in the book of John 8 :32 « Then you will know the truth and the truth shall set you free ! ». Once you have been truly set FREE; you will firmly understand that; “since Jesus Christ suffered in his body, we should arm ourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, you will not live the rest of your earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God (1 Peter 4: 1-2). Amen!

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AIDS, a silent war against Africa!

TRANSFORMATIVE ACTIONS 

“Transform the world to a better place to be, The Church is already playing its role. Are you playing yours as a Christian?”

UNITED METHODIST DEPARTEMENT OF FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS

OTHER PANDEMICS DISEASES AND SUPPORT TO DISABLES

“AIDS, a silent war against AFRICA”

 

A report of the AACC Church Leaders’ consultation on the approach to the HIV/AIDS crises in West Africa, Dakar, Senegal; on the implication of church leaders in HIV/AIDS programs including awareness rising and mobilization workshops care for the infected and affected people. Seems to be an impossible area for many churches and organization leaders in Africa.

This sad fact may be attributed to many real challenges, but mainly to:

  • Insufficient information and knowledge to help many churches and organizations leaders
  • The perception by many churches and organizations, of people living with HIV/AIDS
  • The reluctance of many churches and organizations leaders to see HIV/AIDS as any other terminal
  • The scarcity of resources

While many churches and different organizations are struggling with these challenges and others not mentioned here. Thousands of Africans children, youth and adults are daily approaching their isolation and neglect the end of their silent battle against the disease. While their loved ones are watching hopelessly and quiet. As a result many lives had gone to waste, while a single word of awareness and care could easily save them.

Join us! Global Mission Fellows in this battle against “AIDS, a silent war to Africa”

We GMFs will speak up! And raise awareness!!!

We still have one more message for you, HIV/Aids is not over!!! Do not relax!

As a Global Mission Fellows our prayers and a reminder to everyone is that:

 

Our Lord God doesn’t have other hands than ours to laid other and do good.

Our Lord God doesn’t have other eyes than ours to see and look after (take care).

Our Lord God doesn’t have other MOUTH than OURS to say lovely words, proclaim fraternity and say the truth to others.

Our Lord God doesn’t have other heart than ours to charitably love others

Our Lord God doesn’t have other EARS than ours to LISTEN to cries of distresses.

Our Lord God doesn’t have other companions than us to share his kingdom to today’s men and women.

 

Our Lord God through his son Jesus Christ sent us in the world to be his witness, share hope and transform the world through proclaiming his love.

Mission (Missio Dei)

Mission

“When you realize that mission is so important in life, it then becomes your priority”

Today the UMC Ivory Coast celebrate a dedicated Missionary Sunday for its amazing program “Missionary vision”

Being a living Church to the environment in which it is located, the UMC Ivory Coast aim through good organization and adequate training to meet development needs. This is made possible through proclamation of the Gospel, actions and good deeds.

This day has given me another opportunity to STOP! for a while and reflect about me as a Global Mission Fellows on this land.

Engage:

  • As a community development Adviser: I enjoy tours in villages to advise people on issues related to HIV/AIDS. Raise as much as possible awareness on HIV and showing churches ways that they could engage in taking care of infected and affected kids and Families.

2016-05-22_17.23.49Community work in villages: Kossou, Sikinsi and Ande

  • As a youth: I am engaged in the youth movement of Nazareth of Bonoumin UMC Church. Where we meet every Saturday for several activities. Including meditating on the scripture, singing as a Choir, exchanging on topics related to our daily youth lives and also giving some days off for spiritual retreat.

IMG_20160507_181946On a youth retreat in Abidjan

  • As a son: I am often called for weekends in families, particularly the Rev. Masuka Maleka’s family ( Family of missionary in residence in Ivory Coast) for prayers, advises, exchange experiences, share food, etc.).

2016-05-22_17.18.56weekends with other missionaries at Rev. Masuka Maleka’s house.

Connect:

At several occasion when given the opportunity we present God’s words of grace, love, mercy and charity to different communities; also we talk about the Generation Transformation while inviting youth to engage in God’s mission by joining the Global Mission Fellows program.

2016-05-22_17.20.59Presentation on the Generation Transformation/GMF program

 Grow:

Being far away from home give us a big role of responsibility to play in our own lives as young missionaries and that in all aspects of life being spiritual, professional, social and financial. But the truth is “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalms 23”

God Bless You all! As we are enjoying our Mession Dei!

Didier Monga,

6 Months in Mission, What Effects?

TRANSFORMATIVE ACTIONS

UNITED METHODIST DEPARTEMENT OF FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS

OTHER PANDEMICS DISEASES AND SUPPORT TO DISABLES

Exactly 6 months in mission, what effects?

Today February 29, 2016. Exactly 6 months since I have been commissioned as a Global Mission Fellows. The previous months have helped me to affirm that, indeed it is Missio Dei (God’s Mission) with these:

  • Active months of continuous accumulation of great experiences
  • Months of joy, happiness and a face of smile all the time
  • Months of sleeping each night, praying for the night to be short knowing that tomorrow gonna be another blessed and great memorable day of Missio Dei (God’s Mission)
  • Months of testing our limit to affront new people and new culture
  • Months to remember that each and every single day we need God in our lives to stand still and prosper;

This is not yet finished, a number of great and amazed events signed my first quarter in mission, which could be resumed to this

An amazed welcome to the DMLS office, accompanied by a number of good projects which drove me around 7 villages in Ivory Coast, indeed Missio Dei is fun.

Projects:

  • RAPHA project: financed by UNGAF- GBGM (preventing mother children HIV transmission);
  • CIERA project: financed by PEPFAR, supported 602 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OEV), and provided resources for small businesses to 92 families.

Compassion Campaign project: launched by the UMC-CI Bishop to raised funds to support 2 956 OEV in Ivory Coast

  • National Methodist Day of Fight against HIV/AIDS (NMDFA) in Ivory Coast, hosted in the regions of Kossou and Zatta;
  • ESPERANCE Christmas: Christmas celebrating with 0ver 305 OEV and 107 school Sunday children at Emmanuel Church.

This amazed first quarter of Missio dei was highly marked by the visit to the Ivory Coast EMC Annual Conference Bishop for the department work report presentation followed by a short GMF presentation. After the presentation the UMC-CI Bishop, his eminence Bishop BENJAMAIN BONI was impressed and amazed by the work and transformative actions that the DMLS is doing with the support of the Church and its partners. Very happy to see two Global Mission Fellows affected to the DMLS by the Global Ministries, The UMC-CI Bishop, Bishop B. BONI highlighted that: “Indeed the Church is at work, and it is playing a very crucial role both spiritually and physically in the development of our communities”.

Call to service:

prove yourself doers of the word” (James 1:22), it is on this note that I am calling all you adults willing to serve as missionaries to the Generation Transformation website www.umcmission.org/gt and apply.

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The Church at Work (part 2)

TRANSFORMATIVE ACTIONS

“Transform the world to a better place to be, The Church is already playing its role. Are you playing yours as a Christian?”

UNITED METHODIST DEPARTEMENT OF FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS

OTHER PANDEMICS DISEASES AND SUPPORT TO DISABLES

National Methodist Day of Fight against HIV/AIDS (NMDFA) in Ivory Coast

As the world celebrate the international day of fight against HIV/AIDS on the 1st of December each year. The United Methodist Church in Ivory Coast has dedicated through its Annual Conference, the first Sunday of December each year to be “the United Methodist Day of Fight against HIV/AIDS (UMDFA) in Ivory Coast”.

It is on purpose that this particular day (UMDFA) has been chosen soon after the international day of fight against HIV/AIDS. On one hand, it is for a quick spread up of the international theme of the year on fight against HIV/AIDS. On the other hand, mobilize Christians to take part into all activities that will be organized throughout the year by the UMC-CI Department of fight against HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDS is also our concern as Christians, having that in mind the UMC-CI is promoting the National theme on AIDS which stand for: “ZERO HIV TRANSMISSION MOTHER-CHILDREN, ZERO DEATH DUE TO HIV/AIDS”

For this reason, on Sunday 06 December 2015, the UMC-CI Annual Conference shares the same message of hope in all UMC-CI local churches. And had hosted through the UMC Department of fight against HIV/AIDS a dedicated church service in the regions of KUSSOU and ZATTA (YAMOUSSOUKRO) whereby a series of activities on raising awareness followed by volunteer HIV test were organized in those two regions.

National Methodist Day of Fight against HIV/AIDS (NMDFA) celebration in Kossou & Zatta from 04-06/12/2015
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Compassion campaign “An open hand laid, a hope for an OVC

During the dedicated Church service in all UMC-CI local churches, the compassion campaign is being presented to members of the church, this as a way of a direct contribution to support Orphans and Vulnerable Children due to HIV/AIDS (OVC).

About the Compassion Campaign

HIV/AIDS has spawns in Ivory Coast over 440.000 Orphans and Vulnerable Children due to HIV/AIDS (OVC) of which 73% of them do not receive any support due to several reasons such as:

  • Lack of financial resources and human care
  • Organizations made for that are not functioning, etc.

Due to these reasons the UMC-CI Bishop, Bishop B. BONI had launched a campaign called “compassion campaign” in all UMC-CI local churches in 2013. The theme of this campaign is “An open hand laid, a hope for an OVC”, its consists of subscribing in the compassion account with a minimum of 10 000FCA ($17) to support one OVC for an entire year, someone can give more depending on each one’s personal financial capacity.

This campaign aims to provide to 2 596 OVC:

  • Nutritional and Hygienic support
  • School, Health, Juridical support
  • Strengthening economic support of OVC guardians, etc.

As the UMC-CI Department of fight against HIV/AIDS we exhort you with this;

Lord God doesn’t have other hands than ours to laid others and do good;

Lord God doesn’t have other eyes than ours to charitably see and look after others;

Lord God doesn’t have other mouth than ours to say lovely words and proclaim fraternity to others;

Lord God doesn’t have other heart than ours to unconditionally love others;

Lord God doesn’t have other ears than ours to carefully listen to cries of distresses;

Lord God doesn’t have other companions than us to share his kingdom to today’s men and women;

Lord God, through his son Jesus Christ sent us in the world to be his witness, share hope and transform the world through proclaiming his love.

 

May God’s peace, love and joy remain in us each and every day.

Didier Monga wa Shakapanga (Global Mission fellows)

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Serving At: United Methodist Church of Côte d’Ivoire

Location: Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)Africa

Home Country: DRCongoAfrica

Make an online donation to: Didier Monga wa Shakapanga #3022109.

Missionary Support Code: 3022109

The Church at Work

UNITED METHODIST DEPARTEMENT OF FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS

OTHER PANDEMICS DISEASES AND SUPPORT TO DISABLES

(DMLS)

“Transform the world to a better place to be, The Church is already playing it role. Are you playing yours as a Christian?”

a. Summary

The book of James is a general epistle, an apostolic letter. The key personalities of this book are James and persecuted Christians. James wrote this book to believers of all nations to encourage them to endure and live bold Christian lives. In chapter one (1) of his book, James teaches believers to test their faith and “prove yourself doers of the word” (1:22), this is all about practical Christian living that reflects a genuine faith that transforms lives. (James 1:27) “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after Orphans and Widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” James encourages believers to put their faith into action, and to be servants of Jesus Christ.

It is on this note that I am pleased to present to you the incredible work of a deep understanding of James’s book within the United Methodist Church Ivory Coast (UMC-IC). It’s amazing and very inspiring   to see at what extend the UMC-CI got this scripture and put it into action through the creation of the United Methodist Department of fight against HIV/AIDS (DMLS) which I am about to present to you. This department act as an extended hand of the UMC-CI to fulfilled God’s recommendation of pure Christianity by supporting and assisting people in need, especially marginalized orphans and widows due to HIV/AIDS.

b. History of the DMLS

The infection rate of HIV/AIDS in Ivory Coast was estimated at 7, 1% in adults ages of 15 – 49 in 2001. Ivory Coast had a generalized HIV epidemic with the highest prevalence rate in the West Africa region. The prevalence rate appears to have remained relatively stable for the past decadence (EMU SIDA).

The United Methodist Department of fight against HIV/AIDS in Ivory Coast (DMLS) was created in 2004 by the current UMC-CI Bishop, (Bishop Benjamin BONI) with the support of the UMC-CI annual conference. In 1985 while being a Pasteur, Bishop B. BONI oversees department of health counsel at the UMC-CI hospital of DABOU where he worked for a long period alongside HIV/AIDS infected people.

Through that experience BISHOP B. BONI had noticed that the Church and Christians in particular were not set apart as far as HIV/AIDS was concerned. Therefore felt the need and call for the CHURCH to start taking actions about the matter; on one hand through raising strong awareness about HIV/AIDS and other pandemics diseases, and on the other hand provide support to infected people. The main targets of all these activities are Christian’s communities and its surroundings.

c. Objectives

Generate and coordinate major activities of Fight against HIV/ AIDS and other pandemics diseases in the UMC-CI and it surroundings.

d. Missions

  • Train and educate church leaders in the UMC-CI at all levels on HIV/AIDS and other pandemics diseases
  • Mobilize and develop communication within the UMC-CI to fight against HIV/AIDS and other pandemics diseases
  • Provide spiritual care services, psychological, moral and medical support to infected or affected persons by HIV/AIDS in general, particularly to Orphans and Vulnerable Children due to HIV/AIDS (O.V.C.)
  • Make advocacy and mobilize resources to finance a member of its projects
  • Support through prayers scientists to move forward in their research about fight against HIV/AIDS

e. Composition

As an UMC-CI department, the DMLS structure is under the coordination of the UMC-CI annual conference; oversees by the UMC-CI health counsel, with total participation of all districts in general and that of local churches in particular.

f. Achievements

  • Awareness raised and screening campaign around different places and villages in Ivory Coast
  • Establishment of the National Methodist day of fight against HIV/AIDS (JNMLS) in Ivory Coast
  • Establishment of the virgins clubs in all UMC-CI schools
  • Religious leaders of different denominations have been trained in a workshop on raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and other pandemics; and initiate strategies on how to fight it
Training on PTMC (Preventing HIV Transmission from Mother to Children), Rapha Project with UMGAF/Global Health014e1d49-72c7-45f1-88df-d51cf2810618 (2)
  • A number of successful projects initiated and coordinated by this department such as: (Esperance, Compassion, Epargne, etc.); with a total financial support from different partners such as: UMGAF,PUMLS, PNOEV, PEPFAR, Minister of Health Ivory coast, GBGM, ARSIP, FNLS, PNLS, etc.
Distribution of School Kits to OVC (Orphans Vulnerable Child) Dabou, FNLS project with Ivory Coast health Minister.014e1d49-72c7-45f1-88df-d51cf2810618 (4)
This blog « The Church at Work » is an illustration of how great and wonderful the work that each one of you as a Christian is doing in Church to support God’s ministry. this is an affirmation that active love really transform lives and can change the world. we are on the right path, let keep it up with the support of the holy spirit we will achieve greater than what we have done so far. So Your prayers, words of comfort, shearing and any other contribution you might think of, are highly needed and most welcome to keep on supporting God’s work and this ministry of young adult missionaries (Generation Transformation).
Didier Monga wa Shakapanga
Serving At: United Methodist Church of Côte d’Ivoire
Location: Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)Africa
Home Country: DRCongoAfrica
Make an online donation to: Didier Monga wa Shakapanga #3022109.