Mission in Progress
June 9 – 22, 2017
War Room Prayer Challenge for Burundi
St. Michael’s Church, Charleston, SC sends its first Healing Mission Team to Burundi since 2014, on June 9-21, 2017. The Burundi Healing Mission Team is issuing a War Room Prayer Challenge for Burundi to all Christians to unite and pray together, the Burundi War Room Prayer below on:
Saturday, June 10, at 9 am (USA time) and (3 pm Burundi Time).
(This will be the day and time that the St. Michael’s Burundi Mission Team will be arriving in Bujumbura, Burundi.)
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A Prayer adapted for Burundi from the movie, War Room:
You have done it again, Lord, you have done it again! You have called us to Mission in Burundi, and you are mighty and you are merciful and you keep taking care of us when we don’t deserve it. Praise you, Jesus! You are Lord! Give us healing prayer warriors and evangelists in Burundi, Lord. Guide us to who you want us to help. Raise up more that will call upon your name to pray for the sick. Raise up those that will love you and seek you and trust you. Raise ‘em up,Lord! Raise ‘em up! Lord, we need a generation of believers in Burundi who are not ashamed of the gospel. We need an army of believers in Burundi, Lord, that hate to be luke warm and will stand on your word, above all else … raise them up, Lord, raise them up! We pray that they be among those that love You. We pray that you open their eyes so that they can see your truth, Lord. We pray for your hand of protection and guidance. Raise up a generation in Burundi, Lord, that will take light into this world. That will not compromise when under pressure, that will not cower, Lord, when others fall away. Raise them up Lord that they will proclaim that there is salvation in the name of Jesus Christ. Raise up prayer warriors, Lord, in Burundi who will fight against the enemy, who will worship you with their whole heart, Lord — Lord call us to battle! That we may proclaim you, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. We pray these things with all our heart. Raise ‘em up, Lord! Raise ‘em up!
Pray for the Team
- Friday, June 9 Depart Charleston 6:00 a.m.
- Saturday, June 10 Arrive Bujumbura at 1 p.m. – Dinner with Staff
- Sunday, June 11 In churches to give testimonies or a lesson – lunch with pastors
- Monday, June 12 Healing Prayer I teaching: Armor of God, Scriptural Basis for Healing, Image of
God, Healing Prayer for Forgiveness
- Tuesday, June 13 Healing Prayer II Teaching
Healing Prayer for Physical Healing, Healing Prayer for Deliverance, demonstrations
- Wednesday, June 14 Healing Prayer Teaching I – Muramvya
- Thursday, June 15 Healing Prayer Teaching II – Muramvya
- Friday, June 16 Travel to Gitega, meet with community leaders and government officials, dedicate land for clinic,
- Saturday, June 17 First graduation at Gitega International Academy
- Sunday, June 18 In churches. Give testimonies or a lesson, lunch, Pray for Pastors and staff, dinner
- Monday, June 19 Allie and sewing ministry for women prostitutes
- Tuesday, June 20 Depart 2:55 p.m. for home
- Wednesday, June 21 Arrive Charleston 2:08 p.m.
Why Burundi? What About the Needs of Charleston?
So often when we talk about missions to places like Burundi, I often hear in response, but what about Charleston? Why do we need to go so far to do mission? The short answer is that our vision demands it, in fact, our vision and Scripture demand it! The Vision of St. Michael’s Church is to Transform Hearts through Jesus Christ in the Home, Holy City, Hurting Coast and Hungering World. This isn’t something we invented, but it is the Biblical imperative out of Acts 1:8, where we find Jesus saying, be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth. We translate those destinations this way:
Jerusalem = Heart and Home ~ Judea = Charleston ~ Samaria = Hurting Coast ~ Ends of the Earth = Hungering World
Jesus didn’t insert or in the middle of those destinations, in fact he said and between each destination! He is calling us to minister in all 4 areas. Yes, it would have been easier if Jesus had given us a choice, but the fact is, our ministries in the home have to be as vital as they are in the larger city, the coast and locations beyond our borders!
The Preaching and Teaching Ministry in Burundi
When you go on mission with an investments advisor (Joe Nicholson), an attorney (Bill Lyles) and a banker (David Soutter), one can wonder, how will we all do in a foreign land? More specifically in Burundi, there is a tendancy to be asked to preach or give your testimony at the drop of a hat. I couldn’t be more proud of our St. Michael’s team! When asked to preach and teach, they more than willingly did what they were asked and did it well!
In 1 Peter 3:15 we find these words: Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is within you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence.
What’s Next for Burundi?
Burundi, while only the size of Maryland, yet with over 9 million people, is a scarred nation. For 13 years, this country fought a civil war, and during that time, most of the infrastructure was destroyed. For two years there has been peace, a peace that now hinges on the Presidential elections going forward this summer. If those elections are anything but peaceful, it could throw the nation back into civil war, which would prohibit us from sending teams in. Our prayer, hope and expectation is that we would be able to respond to their greatest needs, which after many listening sessions, include the following:
Continued financial support for the staff’s and operating budgets of the ministry partners
A healing ministry to come in and train their clergy and pastors
Doctors and nurses to come over to help start and maintain their clinic
There are so many more needs, but these seemed to be the big three. It is also exciting that St. Michael’s Church is not alone in the support for Burundi. The Church of Our Savior on John’s Island, as well as St. Andrews Church Mt. Pleasant are also looking to send teams over.
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Missionaries We Support in Burundi
Onesphore Manirakiza and a team of 7 students, founded Harvest for Christ Ministries, an interdenominational movement that began in 2001 at the University of Burundi. The team began by meeting for prayer and organizing revival conferences in many places to mobilize the church for harvest. What started with a small team of students is now a thriving organization with 25 teams planting across the country who are involved in outreach, evangelism and equipping the church for evangelism. Their dream is to see Burundi transformed by the impact of the church, thus making Burundi a light throughout Africa and the world. Harvest for Christ Ministries has 4 main focuses: Evangelism and Mission, Equipping the Church, Peace and Reconciliation, and Discipleship. Onesphore is a trained lawyer and is married with 3 children.
Freddy Tuyizere is the national director of Youth for Christ. The idea of Burundi Youth For Christ was pioneered under the leadership of Freddy in 1998. He was inspired to start the program after he heard of Rwanda’s YFC Africa vision of “Generation 21”. This vision is a call on leadership – seeing that the hope for Africa is in training the youth to be leaders of integrity. Although some of the programs were already in action, it was not until 2003 when Burundi YFC was officially chartered at the YFC International Conference in Brazil. The ‘Generation 21’ mandate is a call to leadership across Africa to be God’s catalyst in faithfully developing a pan-African generation of young people who will be characterized by: prowess in spiritual warfare, boldness in evangelism, passion in social involvement, and godliness in leadership. This is happening through: Homes of Hope: children’s orphanages, Discipleship: leadership classes, small groups and schools ministry, Education: Hope School (primary), Gitega International Academy (secondary), Healthcare: Shammah Medical Clinic, Farming: Buringa Project, Prayer movements: Operation Hannah and Watchmen. Freddy is married to Marie Josee (Momma Jo) and they have 3 sons.