At the foot of the cross

OM Africa teams and friends gather to read aloud the Word of God and declare its truth over the continent.

On Saturday, 13 September, 92 people from OM Africa Area and OM South Africa, plus new students from the Mission Discipleship Training base, gathered on the rooftop of the OM office building in Pretoria, South Africa, to worship the Lord and read through the entire Bible.

It took nearly three hours to read from Genesis to Jude. To conclude, 38 people read the 22 chapters of Revelation, one chapter at a time in 17 languages.

For many years, September has been a month of prayer for OM in Africa. Last year God spoke to Africa Area Prayer Coordinator, Heather, about declaring His Word over the land.

She and other leaders from the African OM fields brainstormed and came up with the idea to simultaneously read aloud the whole Bible on the rooftop of the OM offices in Pretoria, South Africa.

The event not only took place in South Africa, but also in other African countries, including Malawi and Zambia. Some fields also incorporated additional portions of Scripture and weekly prayer meetings into their events.

In Malawi, 13 people read the Bible every morning from 7:00-7:45, Monday to Saturday, starting on 1 September.  

Following each session, they prayed through the Scripture passages Heather had sent them. Each person read at least one entire book of the Bible, choosing their favourite books to start with, one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament.

For most of the team members, it was their first experience sitting down for such an extended time to read Scripture, and to tackle an entire book of the Bible. However, it proved to be a positive experience.

The leaders of OM Malawi are now encouraging each of their team members to start a similar programme in their own villages.

In Zambia, the Lake Tanganyika team in Mpulungu read the Word of God at Niamkolo Church, which was built by the London Missionary Society in 1895-96. It was abandoned in 1908 when the missionaries moved away from the Lake’s shores due to illness and is now derelict.

On Saturday, 13 September, 20 of the Lake Tanganyika team members read the Bible for three hours, out loud and simultaneously, at the stone monument church where the vision for the Gospel to reach the Lake first started many years ago. On Monday afternoon they finished the chapters that had not been read on Saturday.

In South Africa, a few days after the Word had been read on the OM office’s roof, Heather learnt from a colleague that the roof has a tile floor with the pattern of a cross, which can only be seen on images of Google Earth.

The OM Africa team believes it was no coincidence that the people had gathered around the image of the cross and read the Book of Revelation, declaring its promises over the city of Pretoria, OM’s ministry, its missionaries, South Africa and beyond.

OM Africa now trusts that the events that took place in Africa will bring God’s message of salvation, forgiveness, reconciliation and eternal life through Jesus’ death to the African continent.

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”Isaiah 55:10-11; NIV


By OM International