Sabi Ran for Her Life – Into the Arms of Jesus

Sabi is a single mother of five children in South Sudan.

She is one of over 400 families recently displaced due to tribal conflict between the Bari and Mundari tribes.

“When fighting broke out between the two tribes, we no longer felt safe in our houses,” she shared. “For many
nights, we slept in the bushes, so if need be, we could run for our lives.”

Nothing but the clothes on their backs. But as the violence moved closer and people near Sabi’s village were killed, she decided to flee and seek refuge in another area. They fled with nothing other than the clothes they were wearing.“We walked for many hours without food or water,” said Sabi.

“The children were crying, but we had to keep moving until we got to where we felt safer.”

Displaced and desperate Sabi and her children found refuge on the outskirts of the Juba, the capital city, among other displaced individuals, primarily women, elderly, and children.

In Juba, life has been very difficult for Sabi and her children. She is unable to farm, and due to COVID-19, she can’t find work to buy food and other things for her family.

“We have been forced to rely on well-wishers for our daily survival as we wait for the fighting to stop so we can return to our homes.”

God hears Sabi’s cry. Sari is so very grateful to African Enterprise for the gifts of food and soap you and other generous friends helped provide. “We were not expecting it,” she said. “But God heard our cry and sent African Enterprise to us. I am happy that for the next few days I will not have to worry about food for my children.”

Sabi says, “Thank you African Enterprise, for your kindness and love to us!”

Remembering Stephen Lungu: 1942-2021

One of the great evangelists of the last generation, Stephen Lungu, passed away this morning in Malawi after a brief battle with coronavirus. Stephen was 78 years old and has had diabetes for quite a number of years and so was tragically not able to fight off the virus.

Stephen grew up in pre-independence Zimbabwe and was the product of a dysfunctional family where he ended up living on the streets and getting involved with street gangs. He felt abandoned by his parents and angry at the minority white government that ruled the country, which  was called Rhodesia at that time. In his well-known testimony, Stephen recounts an evening where, in his late teens, he took his gang to throw petrol bombs into an evangelistic tent meeting in the capital city of Harare. As they awaited the appointed time to do this, the words of the preacher penetrated Stephen’s heart and he ended up staggering forward to give his life to Christ instead. He was uneducated and illiterate but ended up being discipled by Patrick Johnstone, a British missionary and author of the prayer guide, “Operation World.” From there he went on to be a powerful evangelist, first with the Dorothea Mission and then, from the early 1980s onward, with African Enterprise. He became the AE Malawi Team Leader for several decades and then succeeded Michael Cassidy as AE’s second International Team Leader from 2007 until 2013.

 

Few people had a greater passion for Christ or shared the Gospel more powerfully than Stephen Lungu. He will be greatly missed, most especially by his wife Rachel, his five children and many grandchildren, his friends in African Enterprise and countless thousands across the world who witnessed his ministry.

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Tributes to Stephen Lungu

Stephen Mbogo, African Enterprise International Team Leader

It is with great sadness that I formally bring you the news that Stephen Lungu, our immediate former International Team Leader/CEO passed away in the early hours of today – 18th January 2021. Many of you have been aware of his being hospitalized due to Covid-19 related complications at the end of last week. We all prayed. However, it has pleased the Lord to rest him. Let us continue to uphold Rachel, his dear wife, who received this information while in house isolation. Let’s also remember Stephen’s family which is scattered within and without Malawi – for comfort and strength during this sad time.

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants.” — Psalm 116.15

Stephen Mbogo
International Team Leader

Michael Cassidy, African Enterprise Founder

It is my great privilege to pay this heartfelt tribute to my beloved friend, successor in AE as International Team Leader and colleague in the Gospel, Stephen Lungu, who has today gone to Glory to be with the lord he served so faithfully. I send to you all the deepest sympathy on behalf of my wife Carol and myself, and everyone in the AE ministry worldwide.

It must have been an enormous shock to you Mama Rachel and the family, when you got the news earlier today of Stephen’s death. I must say I have felt absolutely stricken in my own spirit since I received this news. Stephen was one of my most loyal personal friends and long-standing colleagues in the AE ministry. He was of course my successor as International Team Leader and CEO of African Enterprise, a role in which he distinguished himself on all fronts as a leader of the work, a frontline and highly effective preacher, as well as an accomplished fundraiser.

In the midst of all this he was a deeply dedicated family man and, Rachel, he loved you dearly, as well as the family, and he always spoke fondly of you, even sometimes in his preaching. We know you and the family will feel the loss of him profoundly but we are trusting that his Lord and yours will fill your hearts with divine comfort and a wonderful sense of his Presence.

I have known many preachers over the years in African Enterprise, and beyond it, but I don’t think I have ever known a more passionate and endlessly energetic preacher of the Gospel than Stephen. None of us could ever match his energy or his day and night sharing of the Gospel, whether from public platforms or in shops and restaurants. To be sure there will be thousands and thousands of people in heaven because of Stephen Lungu. These will range from ordinary citizens and common people to leaders in high places and to teenagers and little children. Young people, and of course older ones, were always heart-warmed by his infectious smile, rollicking laughter, all with his sparkling white teeth shining through!

His marvelous sense of humor and his dramatic testimony was exceedingly effective in university and high school missions. Alan Smedley, Chaplain of Michaelhouse, a prominent private school in South Africa, said that “the whole school, every single boy, responded to Stephen Lungu when he came to the school.” That kind of thing happened all over the world.

I will always remember the night in the early 1980’s when Stephen interpreted for me in a Malawi Keswick Convention. I was always convinced in that sermon that Stephen was preaching a much better message than I! Afterwards we sat together in a little Volkswagen where I felt constrained to invite him into African Enterprise. Not long thereafter Stephen joined us and became a frontline preacher and ball of fire for Christ preaching the Gospel all over Africa, and around the world, sometimes in astonishing places, such as the Oxford Union, and even the Pentagon!

Perhaps I should now tell you that I had asked Stephen to preach at my own funeral, and he had agreed. So he is a naughty boy to have died ahead of me!

We close assuring Mama Rachel and the family and the Malawi team of our prayers and deepest sympathy at this time.

And, beloved Stephen, enjoy heaven with your Lord and we look forward to seeing you there.

Praise God!

Michael Cassidy
Founder

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Ghana Street Children Apprenticeship Project

In the last four years over 200 children have been trained in a variety of vocational skills including: dress making and tailoring, computing, hairdressing and beauty, aluminium fabrication and auto mechanics. The young people are also taught the Gospel, to show them their biggest need – Jesus.

In Ghana, over 50 percent of the population are under the age of 25, and nearly 40 percent under the age of 15. Of these young people, thousands are street children, and the numbers are increasing. AE has recognised the problem needed to be addressed, and have been slowly retraining a small number of children each year through the Ghana Street Children Apprenticeship Project. These children go on to be empowered adults, equipped with skills to live useful and successful lives. The project takes place in Accra, the nation’s capital. In the last four years over 200 children have been trained in a variety of vocational skills including: dress making and tailoring, computing, hairdressing and beauty, aluminium fabrication and auto mechanics. The young people are also taught the Gospel, to show them their biggest need – Jesus. By God’s grace, these young people go back to transform the communities that they have come from.

Ghana Street Children Apprenticeship Project Testimonials

Name: Favour Adeve
Age: 24 years
Vocation: Dressmaking

Favour lives with her sister who is a Christian in Kasoa. Her father is deceased and her mother and 4 siblings live in the Volta Region, about 4 hours from Favour.

When Favour completed Junior high school, she couldn’t continue with her education because there was no financial assistance. Favour stayed with several people serving as a house help but she couldn’t save enough to see herself through a dressmaking apprenticeship that she was interested in.

One day, Favour met a friend who happens to be a beneficiary of AE. Favour’s friend introduced her to AE, and by the grace of God Favour was enrolled in a dressmaking centre.  Though Favour faced a lot of struggles, her faith in God remained steadfast.

Name: Yakubu Wadah
Age: 20 years
Vocation: ICT

Yakubu completed Senior high school in 2016 but wasn’t able to attend college because of financial constraints. Yakubu is a Christian and attends church regularly.  His parents never got married and his mother was the sole bread winner of the family.

One of  Yakubu’s friends is a  beneficiary of AE and introduced him to Ghana Street Children Project. He enrolled in an ICT training centre in Accra.

Yakubu says “I give glory to God for his continued mercies and faithfulness. God thank you very much, donors and AE my thanks also goes to you.”

 

 

 

Name: Mary Esinam
Age: 23 years
Vocation:  Hairdressing

Mary had never been to school and both of her parents were extremely poor. She spent most of her life with her aunt helping her sell kenkey (local food made out of corn). Mary was often mistreated and life became a struggle and her faith in God was shaken because of her hardships.

Mary decided to leave her aunts and stay with a family friend in Accra and take a job as house help. Her employer promised to register her to learn hairdressing, but the promise never came through.

Through God’s provision, Mary was introduced to AE by a friend. She learned about Ghana Street Children Project and that she could learn hairdressing through this program. Mary was trained in her dream vocation and can see God’s continual work in her life.

Name: Ophelia Adjei Boatema
Age: 17 years
Vocation: Dressmaking

Ophelia completed Junior high school and wanted to continue on with her education but her parents were unable to afford it.

Ophelia had been a Christian throughout her life. Though life was a struggle for her, she believes deep inside that one day God would breakthrough for her. Instead of attending High school, Ophelia had to provide for herself by selling hawking bread, although her dream was to become a fashion designer.

Pastor Isaac, a volunteer at AE introduced her to Ghana Street Children Project. Ophelia was registered and enrolled in the dressmaking centre. She gives all her thanks to God and AE for the opportunities that lie ahead.

Ghana Pastor Training

“Many of the students expressed how much they had appreciated learning to understand the big picture of the bible and its implications for preaching and teaching ministries.”

In August 2016 Tony Spencer taught African Enterprise’s first ever PTC course in Ghana.  In line with recent revisions to AE’s pastor training strategy, the course was planned as preparation for the major mission that was held in the northern town of Kumasi in October 2016. 41 Church leaders and evangelists from churches involved in the mission preparation and delivery were selected to receive training in Biblical Theology 1 and evangelism and follow up using materials from Matthias Media such as 2 Ways to Live and Just for Starters.

Many of the students expressed how much they had appreciated learning to understand the big picture of the bible and its implications for preaching and teaching ministries. They seem to be deeply edified in the gospel through the unit which was a great encouragement.

One older man expressed that he felt a new passion to read and study the bible and that he has wasted many years trying to do so without understanding the big picture and basic interpretive skills.

Another student expressed deep concern at the state of Christianity in Australia.  He had been kept awake praying for Australia and even contemplating if there is anything he could do, perhaps coming and helping reach the lost.

David Owusu Ansah, one of those who attended the course, was so keen to use his training that he started preaching to prostitutes in the evenings!  So far he’s managed to rescue over 20 women from the sex industry who gave their lives to Christ.  They are now being housed in a local church and have entered AE’s Women’s Rehabilitation Program where they are learning vocational skills and learning about God’s word.

African Enterprise is committed to helping train Godly leadership and equipping church ministers to be faithful to the Gospel.

Read more about Pastor Training Course here.

To give to the Pastor Training Course please click here.

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Rev. Bernard Owusu Sachie’s Testimony

Project Manager – African Enterprise Ghana

“I actually find fulfilment when I see the needy helped, the weary strengthen and the broken heart healed.”

I was introduced to the Lord through the activities of Scripture Union in October 1983 when I was in the Secondary School at Drobo. I went through the usual new converts classes and also attended several Christian camp meetings, seminars and conferences.

In 1986, I joined a Fellowship known as Jesus to the Rural World. We were involved in rural evangelism and we helped Churches such as Baptist and Assemblies of God to establish Churches in the Jaman South District, Ghana.

In 1992, I felt called by the Lord into the full time Ministry and I gained admission in 1993 to Christian Service University College where I did a three- year Diploma in Theology.

Between 1996 and 2006, I was the Pastor in charge of Grace Community Church – Sunyani, and also the General Secretary for the Church.

I served as the Administrator and Lecturer for Bible Training Centre for Pastors between 1999 and 2006. And I helped in organizing several Pastors’ Conferences in Brong Ahafo including BARCOE which was a follow-up on Billy Graham’s Amsterdam Congress.

I further studied at Maranatha University College between 2006 and 2008 and I was awarded Bachelor of Arts theology.

February 2006, I was appointed as the Project Manager to African Enterprise -Ghana where I currently serve as the Project Manager and double as the finance officer. I also serve as the Secretary for the Mission Africa Planning Committee – Ghana.

My heartbeat is towards the rehabilitation of prostitutes and the destitute in our society. I believe that the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ must be presented holistically. That is to say that, we must take into consideration both the real and felt needs of ‘Man’. Even as we are mindful of the spiritual needs of man, we must of necessity be concerned about the physical needs as well.

I actually find fulfilment when I see the needy helped, the weary strengthen and the broken heart healed.

By the grace of God I married to a lovely and prayer wife – Vida and we are blessed with three girls and one boy – Mercy, Victor, Sarah and Josephine.

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The Mosque Painter Who Accepted Jesus

“I want to know Jesus. I felt like a load had been lifted from my shoulders, New joy and peace had entered my heart and I knew I was born again.”
Ali Mohammed was a mosque painter. As a strong Muslim man, he had no interest in the Christian faith and was deeply involved in the local Islamic community. “I had never entered a Christian church in my life,” he said. Ali was born into a Muslim family and now, at age 28, was married with two children, raising his own Muslim family, and teaching classes in the Quran to local children. “I was fully convinced I was going in the right direction in my life. No one would convince me otherwise,” he said.

Before major Islamic festivals each year, Ali was responsible for painting the many mosques in the area. He relied on this work to support his family and he even received gifts of furniture and other household items from the mosque as payment. Then one morning, on his way to a painting assignment, Ali was stopped by some men in the street. “They told me they were preachers and they were sharing the word of God with the residents of Malindi town,” Ali said. “Of course, I knew I would not give them much of my time.” He told them he was a Muslim and had no interest in Christianity, but they gently persisted and he decided to let them speak.

“They talked about eternal life and Jesus Christ. I am not sure how or why, but I did not bring up the usual arguments,” Ali said. “For some reason, that day, I was interested.” For the rest of the day, Ali couldn’t stop thinking about that encounter. “The words of the evangelists were still in my mind,” he admitted. “I had no peace.” When his wife asked what the matter was, he told her what had happened and the more he talked about it the more his heart changed and it lead him to a bold decision. “I called my Christian Uncle who is a pastor in Eldoret and he told me to go speak to his friend who is a pastor in Malindi.”

“The security guard at the church gate had endless questions,” he remembered. “They really interrogated me. I do not blame them; they were taking precautions due to attacks by Islamic extremists against churches in Kenya.” Ali told them he just wanted to speak to the pastor and when the pastor came out to meet him, he explained his story. “I want to know Jesus,” he told him. Ali made a commitment to salvation standing in that church yard for the first time.

“I felt like a load had been lifted from my shoulders,” Ali said. “New joy and peace had entered my heart and I knew I was born again.” He ran straight home and brought his wife, Mariam, back to the church. Unlike her husband, Mariam had been raised as a Christian but converted in order to get married. “I knew down in my heart that I had not done the right thing in running away from God,” she said. “I felt so empty and hopeless as a Muslim.” All those years ago, Mariam remembers praying that her husband would become a Christian.

“I doubted it would happen,” she said. “But when my husband came back that afternoon and informed me he had made commitment for salvation, I was shocked.” She went back to the church with her husband, they met again with the pastor, and she gave her life to Christ as well. The couple faced opposition from their Muslim community when they found out about their conversion. The Mosque repossessed the furniture that had been donated to the family and demanded that they move out of their home, but they were undeterred.

New joy and peace had entered my heart and I knew I was born again.

 

 “When they took all our household items and we were asked to leave the house that we had been given, I expected that.” Mariam said. “I needed a new beginning. I could feel my husband’s determination to remain in Jesus. It was such a passion.” The couple’s new church community came to their aid – finding them a new home and helping Ali get a new job. “I saw the love of Christ at the very beginning of my walk with Him demonstrated by the brethren from the Church,” Ali said.

This couple’s life and the lives of their children, have been completely changed. All because of a few men who stopped Ali on the road and shared the truth of Jesus. “I found the light,” Ali said, “and I can’t return to the dark. I am so ready to share the light with as many people as possible!” “Surely salvation has brought more things than I had asked,” Marian exclaimed. “I am so happy to have been reunited with my Saviour, Jesus Christ.”

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