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.
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Powerful conference in Uvira, DR.Congo took place this week. Women from North and South Kivu Province came to experience the power of the Holy Spirit and the gospel being preached. Many took such long walks to where they had to sleep outside the conference room. Please continue to pray that the Lord would keep shaking that region with his love.
Zone into 27 minutes and 34 Seconds into the video. You will see the video of the Orphans CEPC takes care of. We will have to close the doors to receiving orphans soon until we have the finances to build them a building of their own. The Orphanage, the clinic, and the Uvira Church don't have their own facility. They have been working with members of the church coming up with solutions to come up with places of worship and houses to keep the orphans in and feed them. Please continue to pray for financial assistance.
May the Lord Bless You All
Dear Friends of CEPC KENYA,
To all members of the Kakuma and Nairobi ministries we send our prayers and condolences. When we heard the report of what Al-Shabab did to the youth of Kenya we were concerned for you all.
Know that the entire Community Evangelical Pentecostal Church body is praying for you. We are praying for healing to come into Kenya as families are dealing with lost of loved ones. We are also praying for the safe return of those kidnapped during the terrorism attack.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 ESV
"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all."
Isaiah 41:10 ESV
" Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Father we call on your name knowing that you are powerful and holy. We acknowledge that you are able to bring peace to the people of Kenya and all African nations. We ask that you protect families and communities affected by the recent attacks oh Lord. We thank you for those are safe thus far Lord and we ask that you bring safety to any that were kidnapped father.
Lord we honor you and ask that your will be done over the People and Nation of Kenya. We come to you for healing and peace father.
In the name of Jesus Christ we pray,
God Bless you all,
Since December the goal for the Head Quarter office in Cedar Rapids has been to visit the Lexington, Kentucky Community Evangelical Pentecostal Chruch Branch.
On Saturday March 28th and Sunday March 29th, Rev Peter M. Shandakwa, Mboyo Ilonga, and two other leaders made a trip to Kentucky to encourage the Leadership. The leaders arrived at 8:30pm on March 28th in Kentucky and held a meeting until 12:50am to discus the goals for the future. Since Head Pastor is no longer in Office, new leadership is being arranged.
With all the changes happening in the CEPC community faith is still growing and numbers are growing. All the leaders around the world want to just say thank you Kentucky for staying so strong. The HQ Office team in Cedar Rapids is planing on coming to visit again very soon and greet most families at their homes and walk in prayer together.
So as promised here are the latest changes to Community Evangelical Pentecostal Church (CEPC). Starting from here on, CEPC is officially an Open Bible Church. The Head Quarter Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has finished its affiliation processing with Open Bible and has been accepted into the Open Bible Ministry.
So the question now remains: What about all the other CEPC branches? The Founder Rev. Peter M. Shandakwa has returned from his visit to Africa. Part of this visit was to introduce the CEPC Branches in Africa with Open Bible. Now it will take a little bit of time but very soon every single branch will be affiliated with Open Bible.
We are now apart of a family that has strong biblical standings. From now on we all have a responsibility to not just pray for CEPC churches but also for all Open Bible Churches globally. So it is a suggestion for all CEPC leadership to start learning more about this new family we are apart of. With Open Bible we can now get better training to equip men, women, youth, and the entire leadership team. We now have encouragement blasting from CEPC churches and Open Bible Churches. After the CEPC Branches in Africa are adopted into Open Bible there is going to be a greater push in education so we can learn to harvest wisdom from scriptures in a way that will allow us to evangelize, preach, and live in a powerful and biblical way.
We are about releasing influence through love and we will continue to do so through Open Bible. We are still running with the International Constitution drafted by the CEPC HQ. When all Churches have been officially accepted into Open Bible, we will declare our Official Constitution to be the Open Bible Manual which has all that Open Bible stands for.
The Church structures remain the same until otherwise notified. There has been a few revisions in the Kentucky Branch since Pastor Issaya has stepped down. We are currently running investigations on what took place in Kentucky. All CEPC Churches will be updated via email and phone by HQ about who the new Head Pastor for Kentucky will be.
Continue to pray for the CEPC Humanitarian Initiatives/ Programs globally. Global Alliance for Orphans in Africa is in deep need of financial support and partners. There are churches that still need buildings in Congo and Burundi. We need to pray for the African HQ in Uvira that it gets a new building that will allow us to run an orphanage and clinic. We are also needing prayer for all CEPC churches to get training on running 24/7 houses of prayer. Prayer is needed for all leadership, churches, and friends around the world.
Thank you to the Open Bible leaders in Iowa that have helped us get where we are at right now. We want to thank all the families that are taking in orphans and taking care of them until an orphanage building is opened. Thank you to the Congolese, Kenyan, Tanzanian, Burundian, Zambian, and American Governments for working with CEPC since the founding of our ministry. We are receiving great favor in the kingdom and we pray that those who help us may be blessed as well. We can do great things in Christ, CEPC.
As promised previously, we will be updating information about the entire CEPC Ministry. The founder of the ministry Rev. Peter M. Shandakwa has returned from his visit to the Churches in Africa. We now have updated footage of the Orphanage and most CEPC Churches.
Community Evangelical Pentecostal Church