Pray for Pastors in Moldova

201811 - Notes of Praise Pray for Moldovan Pastors

Praise International has sponsored all of these pastors in these posts, including the other posts, Pray for Pastors in Mali, Pray for Pastors in Ivory Coast, Pray for Pastors in Guinea, Pray for Pastors in Romania. I will also post a couple other similar posts, Pray for Pastors in Russia and Pray for Pastors in Cuba. But in all these countries, we have a list of pastors who need a sponsor. Would you consider sponsoring a pastor this Christmas? Please contact us if you have questions. Phone or text us at (208) 608-3965. Email us at Admin@praiseinternational.us or SponsorshipPraise@gmail.com. Visit our website: http://www.praiseinternational.us. Find us on Facebook.  On Twitter On LinkedIn Write us at: P.O. Box 927 Caldwell, Idaho 83606.

In addition to our national pastor sponsorship program, we also have an emergency relief called, Raven’s Fund. This name is a reference to the Old Testament story of how God miraculously provided sustenance for Elijah. Pastors in poverty-stricken countries will have destructive natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, fires, famine, etc, as well serious physical injuries and diseases. Would you consider making a special donation this Christmas. This is a very tangible ways to demonstrate to these pastors Christ’s Love which surpasses understanding.  Thank you in advance for your compassion and consideration.

Praise International also has a “Wheels for Pastors” program. Many pastors in poverty-stricken countries don’t have any mean of transportation. Many of them travel by foot from village to village evangelizing and starting churches. Providing them with bikes, scooters, a small motorcycle, enables them to better fulfill their calling to preach the gospel to every creature. For these pastors, a means of transportation is actually a tool for evangelism. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.

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Nuts about Kola Nuts

Dick and I with pastor family

Dick Shaw, Praise Chairman of the Board, and I just returned from a two-week ministry trip in Africa. We traveled from Conakry, Guinea to Bamako, Mali to experience the culture, to see how people live in these two countries, and most importantly, to meet as many evangelical pastors as possible and to support and encourage them. We can heartily say that we accomplished those goals.

We were profoundly touched by the great difficulties faced by these folks, as they live and work a world of extreme poverty.  They seemed so humble, calmly accepting their way of life, experiencing without complaint the pains and hardships of day-to-day life. From our American perspective, spoiled by relatively extravagant comfort, even though we spent only a few days immersed in this culture, our temperament and coping skills were put to the test to the max!  I’m terrible at timed-test. I’m not sure if I did well on this test.  But I learned so much! God taught me so much!

These dear people live like this every single day! We went to Guinea and Mali in order to understand what pastors in Africa are up against, to verify that Praise International is indeed helping, and to inquire as to how we can do a better job. Wow! Do we ever understand things better now!

Kola nuts sold in market in Mali

One of the very interesting things we learned about is the great significance that they attach to the kola nut. Yes, the kola nut. The kola tree is native to Guinea and a couple other countries in West Africa that have tropical rain forests. This caffeine-containing seed is used for drinks and for cooking. Yes, the original recipe for Coca-cola contained extracts from the Kola nut. It is also used as medicine. The chewing the nut (or ingesting it in some form or another) is known to improve a person’s digestive system, to increase the heart rate and to stimulate the blood circulation.

However, the kola nut has a much deeper significance. It is actually called, the nut of life.  This nut is much more than a nut.  In Guinea, the most life-changing events include a cultural, spiritual and ceremonial use of the nut of life. A man gives of a certain amount of kola nuts to the parents of the girl he wants to marry, somewhat like a dowry.  At the birth of their baby, there is some sort of ceremony, which involves, I believe, the baby’s umbilical cord being wrapped permanently around a cola nut. The nut is also used at the christening of the child. It is used at the ceremonial signing of certain important documents. It is also used to honor an important person or to reward someone for accomplishments. There is also a kola nut ritual at the funeral.

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Several times as Dick Shaw and I traveled to visit pastors, driving for miles on muddy, bumpy roads surrounded on both sides by thick jungle, we entered a tiny village full of round thatch-roofed huts and were invited into the dwelling where the pastor and his large family live.  The small room is crowded with people such as church leaders, village councilmen, and maybe a village chief. We sit in a circle on hand-made wooden benches. Then there is a beautiful traditional welcome ceremony. One person in the circle has a small container with some kola nuts in it.  This is past from person to person, each person taking his turn at expressing well-chosen words of welcome to us, their honored guests.  When the cup of kola nuts was handed to us, we had the opportunity to thank them for their beautiful and meaningful welcome.  And of course, this was one of our opportunities to honor the pastor and his family for the sacrificial work they are doing for the Lord.

For a couple of interesting reads, I suggest two articles.

There is more to Kola Nut and from the United Airlines Hemisphere magazine an interesting article called, The 5 W’s of the Kola Nut.

 

Bringing Good News to the Romani people in Romania

Please pray for Pastor Bebe and Nela Prică as they reach out to the Romani people.

Please pray for Pastor Bebe and Nela Prică as they reach out to the Romani people.

Praise International has sponsored several Romani pastors who work primarily in a ministry to Romani population. One of those Romani pastors is Bebe and Nela Prică. They live in a region north of Bucharest. It is very difficult work as you might guess. Pray for the Prică’s and for our other Praise pastors who are evangelizing and starting churches in Roma villages in Romania.

Pastor Bebe and Nela Prică and their children.

Pastor Bebe and Nela Prică and their children.

This is one of the churches that the Prică's are working in.

This is one of the churches that the Prică’s are working in.

A Roma village

A Roma village

A very nice Romani lady who allowed us to take a photo of her and her caruţa.

A very nice Romani lady who allowed us to take a photo of her and her caruţa.

We saw these catuţa's, Romanian horse carts, everywhere.

We saw these caruţa’s, Romanian horse carts, everywhere.

Our Praise Pastor, Moussa Daou lives and serves in Simba, a village in Mali. He is a visionary pastor, very committed to evangelism and discipleship.  He has 3 bunch of Believers in that region, but they have no church facility.  They have acquire a big piece of land.  They can’t build a church building because they lack the funds. Pastor Daou has no car. Because of the distance between the three churches he is need of some form of transportation.  Even a scooter would be nice.  Pastor Daou is also praying that God provide some farm equipment, such as a pair of oxen and a plow.  Please pray for Pastor Daou and his family, his wife, Neema and their 6 children.