The National Overseer of Congo-Brazzaville recently shared a report of his travels throughout the works in the nation. Enjoy this first-hand account of our work that continues to experience blessing and growth:
In June, Pastor Zacchaeus and I were able to visit the local church of Mantsiene located in the countryside district of North Pool which is about 90 kilometres from Brazzaville City. Travelling by rental car, we found the trip quite challenging as this church is located in the bush, and there is no asphalt road. At any rate, the Mantsiene local pastor and his committee, along with some other leaders from the Liko and Mwana-Mboka local churches welcomed us for the meeting.
We had a vibrant worship service in the hangar of the local church. I preached on the subject taken from Hebrews 11:6, ”And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Throughout the message, the Lord convinced and touched many hearts, one brother gave his watch to the preacher, and some ran to their houses and brought an offering. The Holy Spirit of the Lord performed many wonders and signs among the people to confirm the supreme power and presence of JESUS CHRIST among His believers. We encouraged everyone to meet with us and attend our upcoming 7th National Convention in Ngo during the last weekend of July.
Early in July, we journeyed to visit the Invouba church which is about 150 kilometres from Brazzaville. My traveling companions were Minister Dieudonné and Pastor Zacchaeus. Local Pastor Ngami and his committee warmly welcomed us at our arrival near the local church hangar, and shared that they were prepared for a night worship service. There wasn’t enough room inside for all believers and some stayed outside of the hangar listening through the windows. My message was drawn from Exodus 3:5 and Joshua 5:15,”Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground….”
Everyone who will follow this way, will be guided by Holy Spirit from victory to victory, for being the “heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ,” the LORD of lords and the KING of kings. I explained that the holy ground is everywhere the LORD can meet us, and also it is our bodies and spirits that belong to Him [1 Corinthians 6:19-20]. Many were convinced by Holy Spirit speaking to the church and dedicated themselves to God. We praise God that 26 received Jesus Christ and 52 joined the church during this meeting as the LORD confirmed His Word through many signs and wonders.
Before we departed the next day, those having particular problems gathered together in the church hangar and I prayed with them. After the prayer, our local Pastor Aimé Ngami, showed me the piece of land which they would like to buy for the local church. Presently, the place where they worship costs the congregation $400, so they would like have their own building. Please join with us in prayers to believe with them for their own property and worship facility.
7th National Convention
The last weekend of July, Congo Brazzaville COGOP held our 7th National Convention in the city of Ngo, in the Department of Plateaux about 300 kilometres from Brazzaville. Conducted by National Overseer Bitchy, we welcomed attendees from five of our districts: Gamboma, Pool Nord, Ngo, Djambala, and Brazzaville. As 27 of us were travelling from Brazzaville, our car broke down and I negotiated with a truck driver going to Owando City [passing by Ngo] who accepted to tow our car to Ngo. Upon arrival, I led a leadership meeting at the hotel before the convention began for all the pastors and leaders who were present.
We were blessed to have the commission of restaurants serve food to all the delegates. Then, we had a parade of all districts present which was led under the vibrant melody of the singers from district of Brazzaville. And, because the hall could not contain everybody who came for the convention, we glorified our LORD outside.
After welcoming everyone, we rejoiced and were moved by Holy Spirit through the songs and dances of the youth from Okiene and Ngo churches, as well as, by the music of the worship group from Brazzaville. The Ngo district superintendant preached a deep message about “Remember Your Creator in the Days of Your Youth…” taken from Ecclesiastes 12:1. After this message, the youth from Mbe-Okala and Nsah local churches marvelously sang and danced for the glory of Jesus Christ, the Lord of lords and King of kings. Pastor Florent then directed a procession of evangelists, pastors, and others workers of the harvest, afterwards delivering a powerful message entitled, “No Path Without Jesus Christ” taken from John 3:36; John 14:1-6; and Acts 4:12.
National Overseer Bitchy delivered a vibrant message themed, “You Have Made Your Way Around This Hill Country Long Enough, Now Turn North,” sharing his text from Deuteronomy 2:3. The consequences of getting lost are going into devil prisons and possessions, satanic oppressions, curses and many other social calamities that men are facing presently. Today, to turn north means to give up bad ways and thoughts, repent and have your heart circumcised in Christ, and to have the bath of renewal. [Acts 3:19-21; 17:30; Colossians 2:10-15] Everyone who will follow this way will receive the grace and mercy of God and will be restored in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. After this powerful message, we experienced the visitation of our LORD who confirmed His Word through wonders and many signs that Holy Spirit performed among the people gathered. Many testified about what God did for them. Praise God that 63 people received Jesus Christ as their Lord when the invitation was given to come forward.
On Sunday morning, it was time for our Women’s Ministry program led by Pastor Julienne. After a marvelous women’s processional, she delivered a great message entitled, “But only one thing is needed, Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her,” from the passage in Luke 10:42. Afterwards, each district formed processionals, entered, and presented their reports to the National Convention. We praise God for these good reports.
In his closing message, National Overseer Bitchy presented another edifying and encouraging word to the people that relayed, “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” according to Galatians 3:29. His in-depth description of what it means to be born again, become a new creature, and belong to Christ stirred the hearts of many souls. He shared that we should be made new in the attitude of our minds, put on a new self, be like God in true righteousness and holiness, examine self to see if you are in true faith, and take the washing of rebirth and renewal by Holy Spirit. Just as Abraham left his country and went to the country which God showed him and then possessed it, those who will leave the lusts and desires of this world for the sake of the kingdom of God will be “heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.” At the close of his message, 38 people came forward and received Christ, and 28 joined the church. To God be all the glory. Many brethren witnessed the hand of Jesus Christ touching them during this 7th National Convention, and there were unnumbered signs performed by Holy Spirit to confirm the supreme power of God, His grace and mercy. After vibrant songs and dances by the musical worship group from Brazzaville, the convention concluded with a final prayer of blessings by National Overseer Bitchy. All attendees were commissioned to go forth in this new missionary year proclaiming it as a YEAR OF REVIVAL IN CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, according to John 4:31-36. We truly praise God for more than 600 people in attendance, witnessing 28 new covenanted members of the church, and 104 receiving Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour. All glory goes to God for what He has done. We sincerely desire your prayer support for this next season of ministry.
Thank you, Harvest Partners, for the bread and water support you generously give to support Congo-Brazzaville through your monthly Mission Giving (HPL1). The ministry of Congo-Brazzaville is deeply grateful for your love, encouragements, and faithful support. Churches and Individuals can also give to special needs through Project Giving (HPL2 or HH) by designating your gifts for a specific project.
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