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Wave of prayer

Wave of Prayer:
Diocesan Fact Sheet
FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA
Wave of Prayer Group:
Group 14:19-21 February
The Diocese borders Lesotho and the Eastern Cape to the East and Gauteng Province to
the North as well as Natal to the West. Economic strength comes from the mines in the
area which are slowly closing down. Unemployment is very high and therefore the crime
rate is also high.
The diocese is divided into 9 clusters and has 84 branches. There are 2,629 members of
Mothers’ Union in Free State diocese. These members have been supporting their local
community by running a pre-school in Botshabelo- St. Thomas, for children 0-7 years
old. It is growing in size as more people are starting to use it. There is an income
generating project in Kgajwane where the members use recycled plastic to make a
variety of objects for sale, such as mats. This is in the process of being registered as a
co-operative so that the products can be marketed more effectively.
The members are involved in a variety of schemes to address social issues within their
communities such as helping with job creation in schemes such as vegetable gardens
and helping individuals with late registration. They help develop skills within the
community such as sewing. Members donated a sewing machine to the Tshwaranang
luncheon club and as a result they are now able to provide financially for their families
and one has been able to pay the school fees for their child to complete school.
All branches have programmes focused on gender-based violence to try and tackle this
terrible issue and members actively campaign on this. They also try to promote
Christianity being taught in school.
The members take part in the wave of prayer and systematically pray for all their
projects and the continued success of their work.
Mothers’ Union in Free State have seen an answer to some of their prayers. Mothers’
Union Diocesan President, Bernice, writes: “At times of elections there can be tensions
and conflict throughout the diocese, but since giving ourselves time to pray for elections
and conferences, they went very well and smoothly.”

Bible Verse:

Jeremiah 29:11
”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not
to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
 

BONDO, KENYA
Wave of Prayer Group:
Bible Verse:
Group 14: 19-21 February
The diocese of Bondo was created on 1st September 1999 out of the diocese of Maseno
West.
Bondo Diocese covers two Districts i.e. Bondo and Rarieda in Siaya county, Kenya. It is
situated along the shores of Lake Victoria. It borders Maseno West Diocese, Maseno
South Diocese and Southern Nyanza Diocese. It is predominantly inhabited by the Luo
community with four sub-clans i.e. Sakwa, Asembo, Imbo and Uyoma. The main
occupations are fishing and subsistence farming.
The diocese has: 3 Archdeaconries, 21 Parishes, 155 Congregations, 29 Priests, 8
Church workers and 192,000 Anglicans.
Mothers’ Union members in Bondo diocese are active in a wide range of initiatives
including:
 Women’s empowerment
 Recruiting new members
 Family Life Training
 Visiting the sick and the bereaved families
 Advocating for gender equality

Bible Verse:

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live,
even though he dies;


OGBIA, NIGERIA
Wave of Prayer Group:


Group 14: 19-21 February
The diocese of Ogbia is located within the Bayelsa State of Southern Nigeria. The
diocese is a missionary diocese and one of the youngest dioceses in the province having
been created in 2008.
The presence of oil was discovered in the town of Ogbia in the 1950s and since then the
industry has contributed to the Nigerian economy. Most of the people who live around
Ogbia though earn a living as fishermen or farmers. The region is also well known as it
is also the birthplace of the current Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathon.
Mothers’ Union Diocesan President, Mrs Felicia Oruwori, has been a Mothers’ Union
member since 1996.
The diocese is small and has less than 50 Mothers’ Union members. Their hope is to
grow their membership and therefore increase their impact in the local community.
They hope to set up learning centres in the diocese and help empower people, especially
women, to develop skills so that they can earn an income for themselves and be selfreliant.
They ask for your prayers that there may be true revival of spiritual transformation and
that people in the community will embrace Gospel values.

Bible Verse:

Zecharaiah 4:6
So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by
power,but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.


OFFA, NIGERIA
Wave of Prayer Group:

Group 14: 19-21 February

The diocese of Offa was inaugurated in 1999. It is located within Kwara State in Southwest
Nigeria and is mainly a farming area. Challenges come from having a largely
elderly and retired section of the population that used to work in larger cities but have
since moved back home and are reliant on younger family members.
The mission statement for the diocese is that “the diocese of Offa shall be a bible based,
caring, self-supporting, prayerful and evangelistic Church; guided by the Holy Spirit and
doing the work of reconciliation”.
Mothers’ Union members in Offa diocese contribute to this mission in a number of ways
through activities such as:
 Night prayer vigils in the cathedral
 Observing the Women’s World Day of Prayer
 Mothering Sunday services and activities
 Annual Conference
 Yearly retreats
 Running the Mothers’ Union Clinic
 Visitations to the sick
For more information visit the diocesan website: www.offadiocese.org
or the diocesan Facebook page: www.facebook.com/offadiocese.offa

Bible Verse:

Ephesians 6:18 ‘And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and
requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s
people.’

SWANSEA AND BRECON, WALES
Wave of Prayer Group:
Marriage Exhibition and Wedding Fayre
Group 14: 19-21 February

Swansea and Brecon diocese extends from rural mid-Wales to the South Wales coast.
The northern part of the diocese is rural with the small market towns of Knighton,
Llandrindod Wells, Builth Wells, Hay on Wye, Crickhowell and Brecon. From Brecon, the
diocese stretches through the Brecon Beacons and down through the Swansea valley to
the City of Swansea and the beautiful Gower Peninsula. There are areas of deprivation
within the city of Swansea and there is a high percentage of rural poverty in the
northern part of the diocese.
There are 1,069 Mothers’ Union members in the diocese. Mothers’ Union members in
the diocese are involved in various activities which help communities.
They give support to families in Safe Houses providing three deliveries of food a year.
Individual branches provide school uniforms, toiletries, nightwear and underwear.
They have provided two Starter Packs for each House containing a kettle, toaster,
crockery etc and a blow up bed. The pack is loaned out until the family benefits come
through. Food deliveries help vulnerable adults in the four Safe Houses across the
diocese
Members also support diocesan Faith in Family Centres. They have provided
gardening equipment for children to enjoy the experience of gardening and provided
white goods for a newly opened project. These Faith in Family Centres empower young
families living in deprived areas of Swansea, educating them in family issues and
enabling them to improve the quality of their lives. Mothers’ Union in Swansea and
Brecon diocese have received letters of thanks saying how life-changing the centres are
to those young families.
Mothers’ Union provide AFIA (Away From It All) holidays for disadvantaged or
vulnerable families, so that they can experience a quality family time. They have
received feedback from families expressing their grateful thanks.
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Talents project running this year to promote MU, raise funds and attract new members.

Mothers’ Union Swansea and Brecon mount a Marriage Exhibition during National

Marriage Week. Their aim is to promote marriage as a life-time partnership. The
exhibition emphasises that there is more to marriage than just a wedding day.
Members also help couples understand that the wedding doesn’t have to cost a
fortune and highlight cost-cutting ideas for weddings.
Other Mothers’ Union activities in the diocese include:
 attending Wedding Shows twice a year
 providing Baptism and Marriage guides for clergy.
 Members will be attending Freshers Week at Swansea University for the first
time in 2014. They will give out mugs with coffee and tea and a small Cookery
Booklet to the students.
 A Talents project was run in 2014 to promote Mothers’ Union, raise funds and
attract new members.

Bible Verse:

Philippians 4.13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

ARGENTINA, SOUTH AMERICA
Wave of Prayer Group:

Group 14: 19-21 February

Argentina diocese is one of two dioceses within the country of Argentina in South
America. This diocese covers the capital city of Buenos Aires and surrounding area, with
the Anglican Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Buenos Aires being the Mother Church
of the diocese. Argentina is one of six countries that make up the Anglican Province of
the Southern Cone alongside Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
Mothers’ Union – known locally as AMARE - in Argentina are running the Worldwide
Parenting Programme which aims to equip parents, grandparents and carers to develop
their parenting skills, build relationships and contribute to the stability of family life.
The programme trains facilitators who go on to set up parenting groups in their local
communities, bringing people together to discuss issues of concern and collectively
coming up with solutions.
In November 2013 two young women from Argentina, Flavia and Mechi, attended the
international training of trainers for the Worldwide Parenting Programme. They are now
able to train more parenting facilitators across the country who can then establish
parenting groups in their community.
Members in Argentina are also involved in running Sunday Schools and caring for the
spiritual welfare of children.
As a result of the success of the parenting programme, and their work with children,
Argentina are currently focused on setting up their Mothers’ Union.

Bible Verse:

Exodus 15:13
‘In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.'

 



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