Friday, October 25, 2013

GAFCON - The East African Revival

An underlying theme of our hosts (the Kenyans) here at the Global Anglican Futures Conference is the East African Rival which spread rapidly in the 1930's.  A spontaneous outpouring of the Holy Spirit changed this part of the world as churches were revived and new converts to the Faith began to live out and broadcast the Biblical message. It literally changed the whole culture.

Kenyan Worship Team 

Of course, no revival is the same and they happen when and how God wants one. But we at GAFCON are praying for a fresh outpouring from God of His Holy Spirit to renew the Anglican Communion and reevangelize parts of the world which have departed from the Gospel.  "Will you not revive us again?" reflects the plea of our hearts.

Bishop George Kasangaki of Diocese of Masindi-Kitara, Uganda, Me, and his diocesan Archdeacon 

Each day this week has reflected different themes of the East African revival asking God to do it again in our generation:

* The Cross of Jesus -- the saving work of Jesus on the cross and his power to wash away our sins with emphasizing daily repentance and cleansing the heart through the blood of Jesus.

* Confession and Repentance -- "in the open" with a confidence that the blood of Jesus cleanses from all sin and an intentional effort at putting things right with God and one's neighbor.

* Obedience to the Authority of God's Word -- resisting any modern contention that the Bible was not the inspired Word of God. The Holy Spirit who inspired the Scripture is able to bring these Scriptures alive in our experience as a reliable guide in the life of discipleship.

* Experience of Community - the churches shared a common fellowship and ministry as everyone set out to "Walk in the Light" with each other.

* Personal Evangelism - led by lay missionary teams of Africans who went about spreading the Gospel by telling their own conversion story and trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit for effective ministry.

Revival doesn't begin with the church, it begins when the Holy Spirit convicts me and I bow -- John Senyoni

The Church cannot afford to slumber in today's world - John Senyoni

You cannot have revival with one foot in the culture and one foot in the world - John Senyoni

Revive us again; fill each heart with Thy Love.
May each soul be rekindled, with fire from above.
Hallelujah! Thine the Glory, Hallelujah Amen!

Hallelujah! Thine the Glory, Revive us again.

Bishop of the Diocese of the Great Lakes, Roger Aimes, and his wife, Gretsie

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