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.
Dear everyone, On behalf of the local Congolese Communuity of Iowa ,
Community Evangelical Pentecostal Church would like to inform you that we lost 3 members last Thursday , February 4th ,2016 in the Tragedy Car Accident . Saturday , March 5th , 2016 is the Probable date of the Funerals . The Memorial account for the Victims is opened through wells Fargo Bank . You can donate your contribution( s) to our following designated representatives : For the local Congolese Community ,President Peter Nkumu .
Cedar Rapids branch had Teacher Alfani speaking. The message was about Abraham sending his faithful servant to find a wife for Abrahams son.
Genesis 24:13-24 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again. The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.” “Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink. After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink.” So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels. Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful. When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels. Then he asked, “Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?” She answered him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milkah bore to Nahor.”
In this scripture we see powerful things taking place. First we have a loving father wanting a wife that would love and honor his son. Second we have a faithful servant that seeks the Lord to honor his master so that he could find the wife for his masters son. Third we have a woman with great virtues serving in love. God has a job for each of us in life. How we serve in those positions is how God will bless us.
Young men should serve their fathers faithfully and their parents will bless their lives as Abraham blessed Isaac with a wife.
If you are a laborer under a boss seek the Lord to help you accomplish the task given to you by your boss.
Young women serve God and obey your parents. As you serve God with faith, God will provide you with a man who is also faithful.
God blesses the faithful. As a church we must remain faithful and generous as Rebecca was. As a church we must serve as Abrahams servant in the church body and in the community. Throughout the whole time we must rely on the Lord to supply a we serve in faith. As church we must take each other's burdens as Rebecca did for a servant, and as the Samaritan woman served Jesus at the well.
John 4:6-14 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Our father in heaven is also faithful to where he gives those of faith living water that will never run dry.
Community Evangelical Pentecostal Church