Kenyan Ministry Growth Pains

kenyaministryteam-2015-webresFrom my first visit I became burdened for the elderly, retired pastors. I’ll never forget the retired pastor who came up to me, NOT to ask me for money, but to ask me to remember him, for as with nearly all retired pastors, they have no money.

Well, we plan to engage them, the retired pastors, to marshal other elderly individuals in their towns and villages.

I couldn’t sleep in the middle of the night and recorded some thoughts that have been reverberating in my heart for awhile. Let me share my late night writing with you below:

My Kenyan Burden

God is opening doors in Kenya where we are rebuilding the foundations of prayer in men and women EVERYWHERE we go. We are now working to disciple retired pastors who in turn will marshal the elderly into prayer cells:

  • It is interesting that the dictionary defines “marshal” as, “to gather or organize people or things, especially in order to achieve a particular aim

And what is that aim? To rebuild the foundations of prayer in the ones who, with their life experiences, SHOULD BE our prayer warriors, the elderly.

This next paragraph is so far out of my comfort zone that I am struggling to write it, but I am, because I really believe the Lord laid this on my heart.

We would be honored if some of you would commit to supporting Kenya monthly. If you do, we’d like to do the following:

  1. Send you a personally signed copy of Mark’s novel, “The Pray-ers”
  2. Keep you actively involved in Kenya by introducing to you, every month, to individual team members that live and serve there
  3. If 100 people gave $25.00 per month we could
    1. Raise one of our part-time staff to a full-time position.
    2. We could schedule 3 – 4 visits per year; and
    3. Our “Retired Pastors” ministry could reach into all 47 counties in Kenya.

The burden of my heart is big, for them in Kenya, and has been since my very first trip. After my last trip I returned home and told Naida, “I could return as a full time missionary, if God called me to do so.” The spiritual need is so great. Doctrines of demons runs rampant.

Nearly every-time I speak, and especially the last two visits pastors would stand up and say, in front of their congregations, “We have got to rethink the way we pray,” or “I have been convicted about the way I have been praying.” And then the words of Bishop Zachariah still ring in my ears, ‘Oh Bro. Mark, I am so ashamed of the way we order God around.’

If you believe the Lord is leading you, please join us in our ministry.

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Mark S Mirza

Uniquely Focused Pastor’s Conference

Date: January 28, 2013
9:00 am – 1:45 pm
Cost: NONE, Just Pre-Register Online
Location: Lawrenceville

Purpose: Forgive me for using the negative to explain this conference, but it is important for you to realize WHY this conference was put together.

  • This conference is NOT to teach you how to improve prayer in your congregation
  • Nor is it to improve your prayer life with your family
  • Rather, it is geared around YOU and helping you improve YOUR prayer life

Speakers: They will focus on those things that have encouraged and improved their prayer life.

  • Pastor Don Mulkey, Sr. Pastor at Colonial Woods Baptist
  • Dr. John Waters, Sr. Pastor at FBC Statesboro and President of the GBC
  • Dr. Harris Malcom, Regional Associational Missionary
  • Dr. Mel Blackaby, Sr. Pastor at FBC Jonesboro
  • Mark S Mirza, Founder/Speaker for Common Thread Minsitries

Click here to pre-register

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