We are coming into our first full year in Fairfax, IA. This church started off in Cedar Rapids, IA in the ending of 2006 and has gone through some trials and tribulations to now being blessed to have a new home. The founder of CEPC Peter Shandakwa and the leader ship of this church plant have been in prayer throughout 2018 to see what the Lord has for this town. One thing that has been spoken clearly is there needs to be a partnership with local leaders, and ministries that want to intentionally work with CEPC to reach out to the people of Fairfax who have not heard the gospel yet. We are only at the guidance of Christ as we await for clear direction of how this will be accomplished.
2018 was also the first full year of the Shandakwa family being in the United States together. To the far left is Enock, to the right of him is Rebecca, In the founder of CEPC Peter Shandakwa, to the right of him is his wife Sarah, and to the far right is Tresor. They have been in the USA together after years of separation, because of immigration processing to get them in to the United States as Pastor Peter was in the USA knocking on doors for the union of the family which finally took place in August of 2017 after more than 10 years of waiting. Glory to God for their assembly and the love the testimony they carry of Gods power.
2019 is being declared as the year of Focusing on Gods truth and word. So this year we are praying for greater discipleship and mentor-ship of young people on fire for Christ to know what God has spoken into creation. Please pray with us in this vision and declaration. We continue to be appreciative of Open Bible and the people all over the globe who have seen the vision the Lord has laid over this ministry.
Matthew 28:18-20New International Version (NIV)
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
As the New Year begins the leaders of CEPC would like to remind the entire church that we still have work to do on Earth. This year should be a year of greater explosion to expose Jesus Christ to the nations. This is our first objective to make disciples, baptize, and teach all nations of who our Savior is and that he came for all mankind.
Let us continue to pray for each other and encourage each other to fight the good fight and race on. We have had an extraordinary 2017 where new villages were reached with the gospel. We got to see the school plants in Africa expand into their own buildings (currently renting, but we are praying for financial support to buy our own buildings). The Lord moved mightily in refugee camps, and in the hearts of Islamic believers all over the Earth to come into the kingdom. Outside of our own denomination the Lord has worked wonders in many ministries to preach the unreached people groups of the world, and we have to hold fast and continue interceding on behalf of the whole church body.
Glory to God for all of you who have taken time to pray for us and to also give financially this year. We could not have done what we did this last year without the support you have given us.
This years theme is "Commissioned On Course To The World"
In the city of Mulongwe over 50 kids filled up a church building along with local community members to watch "The Jesus Film". This film illustrated to many about the life of Christ and the sacrifice he made for the sake of all humanity. Here are some photos showing the event. Please continue to pray for every church plant in Africa to receive a laptop, portable sound system, and projector as we aim to continue using this tool to minister the gospel to the lost.
We had some Muslim families come and pull their kids away. Some even spanking the children if they didn't go home.
In excitment we welcome the new year and accept the Lords blessings for 2017. For some of us 2016 was left with joy and some others with sadness as loved ones passed in the year left. We would like to let you all know CEPC / CEPEA is praying for you all. This year we here at CEPC are focusing on the purpose of building. Like Nehemiah we are building up walls for new churches, new relationships, and new journeys.
We would like to begin the journey of 2017 with some new photos sent to us by our brothers and sister back in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are working with great haste and passion for the kingdom as they release the Lords strategy and message all over Central and East Africa.
Below are some marvelous works of God as people are gathering together to build up churches for Gods glory to be filled in. These are the churches that we could afford right now as church members are raising funds of their own and our American branches are trying their best to support all these churches. There is twenty one churches planted in the Democratic Republic of Congo right now. We only have three churches planted in the United States and they are unable to support all twenty one churches in Congo. The main branch in Cedar Rapids Iowa itself is seeking working hard to get its own place as well, the Kentucky and Denver branch is dealing with the same issue. We are not stopping in the calling God has given us to preach the Gospel to every nation and tongue. We are not stopping on equiping leaders to stand up for the gospel and make disciples. Below is examples of what God can do through those that follow his will and continue with faith.
We are asking you to join us in supporting this Work and mission God has given us to preach the gospel " Door to Door, Village to Village, City to City, Nation to Nation." We need assistance in the following areas :
Again we are rejoicing in 2017. We are happy you are here with us today to read this. Keep praying and keep sharing the Lords eternal love to all nations through the gospel.
Matthew 28:16-20King James Version (KJV)16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Here are two videos with the Trumpet Choir from the Cedar Rapids visits the CEPC Kentucky branch for a worship service. Joined with them was Daniel Hurt of Fire Around the World coming to preach the word of God.
A Psalm of Praise.
1Praise the LORD!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty expanse. 2Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
3Praise Him with trumpet sound;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.
4Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
5Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
6Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD!
Glory to God!! This is the sound that is coming out of CEPC Cedar Rapids as we are getting information on this years happenings. The CEPC churches in Africa have been hosting various conferences through out the year and over 3000 people have been attendance at each of the Africa conferences releasing more influence over their regions. Here are some videos from one of our conferences. We want to thank God for Open Bible Churches working with us as affiliates.
Recently we received photos of the Kavinvira church plant starting to build a church between the border of Burundi and DR. Congo. This is a huge placement in getting the gospel spread in that area. With this church we could use it as a base for evangelistic training and ministry equipping to send out more people who want to share the news of Jesus. This church plant took close to $7,000. We are praying for more plants to take place. Plans are already in place to build another church in another area as people are lining up and saying they want to work together in spreading the gospel.
Please pray that the Lord will open a door for a mass crusade to take place soon. Pray for us as we continue working with our brothers and sister in Open Bible and the houses of prayer. Pray that we glorify God in all that we do and that we preach with boldness and in truth.
If you want more information on how you could help or get involved with the church planting and building contact us. Your prayers are always appreciated and received with loving arms.
Community Evangelical Pentecostal Church