Reconciliation

Our reconciliation ministry grows out of the need for humans to be reconciled with God and God's call for our lives to be reconciled to each other. In many parts of the African continent there have been longstanding situations of conflict. Unless true forgiveness can be achieved there will not be healing in these situations.

Our reconciliation work is targeted at church and political leaders and also at the grassroots levels. It involves training, healing seminars and mediation work. Our work with churches is designed to equip them to be a prophetic voice and a model of reconciliation in their own contexts. At present this work is focused on nations such as Rwanda, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.



AE Malawi Spearheads National Prayer Breakfast
AE Malawi sponsored a National Prayer Breakfast at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre on Friday morning, May 8, 2009. Dr. Bingu Wa Mutharika, the president of Malawi, was present, along with most of his cabinet, and more than 120 prominent church leaders, parachurch organizations and NGO representatives, traditional authorities, civil servants and media personnel.


Church leaders then spent over half an hour leading the gathering in prayer for peace and security, free and fair general elections, unity and co-existence, the proper conduct of political parties during campaigns, the HIV and AIDS pandemic, the judiciary and legal practitioners, the Malawi Electoral Commission, sustenance of democracy and national development, food security, unity and the prophetic role of the church, bribery and corruption. They set a shining example for unity amongst a diverse group as many different denominations and persuasions were amongst the organizers.

President MutharikaPresidential candidates were then asked to comment on their commitment to a free, fair and peaceful election which they all unhesitatingly did. Then President Mutharika and the other presidential candidates were invited to stand together in front of the high table whilst the officiating clergy gathered around them. Led by Senyonyi, all prayed for God’s blessing on the candidates.  During the prayer President Mutharika put his arms around the two candidates standing, heads bowed, next to him. It was a special moment when leaders raised by God were united by a common goal which was more important than party lines or squabbles. As the prayer ended, I heard a man behind me say, “This is beautiful!” After this, President Mutharika said that it was very clear that the Holy Spirit had been present during the event, and asked that the blessing which had been pronounced on the attending presidential candidates also be extended to the absent candidates.
 
National Initiative for Reformation in South Africa

Moral decay, sky rocketing rates of violent crime, rampant sexual promiscuity and ridiculously high HIV infection rates. These are some of the key issues that prompted Michael Cassidy, AE’s founder, to call together the Christian leadership from every sector of South African society to birth the National Initiative for the Reformation of South Africa in April. AE’s mandate has always included bringing the church together to seek change in society.

Michael believed that God wanted him to do this and that the need for the church to reclaim its prophetic voice and moral authority in society was urgent. With the help of other leaders he issued the call and with only 3 weeks notice, 450 of the nation’s key Christian leaders from church, business, academia and politics cleared their schedules so that they could be part of this vital process.

At the end of the 2 day gathering they drafted a declaration of intent regarding the church’s response to decay in the nation.

Download the declaration

 
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