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18th March 2021

The Gift of Rain

Over Christmas, I was invited by my friend Scott Marques in Zimbabwe to join a group praying for a church-planting, kingdom-building project in Nampula, Mozambique. The group included people from UK, Holland, USA, Zimbabwe, as well as Mozambique itself. We committed to praying regularly for three months, asking God for breakthrough in areas where the work has been facing significant pressure. One of these was the need for rain. The rainy season in Mozambique had begun, but very little had fallen by the end of December and water levels were becoming worryingly low. We prayed that God would send the rain. By the end of February, the situation had become more severe – still no rain. With only four to five weeks’ supply left in reservoirs and the end of the rainy season approaching, the region was facing the prospect of a severe drought. Without the precious provision of rain, the local community and the kingdom-business would be in crisis.

One morning early in March, I read a chapter about rain in Andrew Wilson’s excellent new book, God of All Things. In it, Andrew likens rain to the grace of God: we do nothing to deserve it, nothing to earn it; it falls on both the just and unjust; God sends life-giving, thirst-quenching rain because HE is generous and kind, not because we are. (God of All Things is out now, and I highly recommend getting hold of a copy.) As I finished the chapter I was stirred to pray for Mozambique again. A couple of days later, I heard  that it had rained more in Nampula in the previous two days than it had in all of January and February put together. It was a great encouragement to our friends on the front line of kingdom extension in Mozambique, and to me – God hears our prayers!

I am glad to report that rain has continued to fall over the last few weeks, and the reservoirs are now almost full, praise God. I thought you might like to see this video sent by Scott just this week, showing the full-flowing waters in one of the local reservoirs in Nampula. I encourage you to watch it right to the end for a glimpse of some of the local wildlife!

Please do pray for our brothers and sisters in Mozambique, who still face significant challenges. Let’s pray for the project to be firmly and securely established and for the Gospel to be fruitful in that region.

Steve Tibbert

Posted by Steve Tibbert

Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. The church has seen continued growth since the mid-1990s, both in terms of size and diversity.

As well as leading King’s, Steve hosts and leads Newfrontiers, a fellowship of apostolic leaders with hundreds of churches around the world.

Steve is married to Deb. They have three grown up sons and one grandson.

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