From the Chairman
There are no easy answers to the pastoral challenges facing Africa today. Strategically placed institutions like CAPA have the enormous task of proving their relevancy.
Being conscious of this reality, we have time and again gone back to the vision of our predecessors who in 1979 gave birth to CAPA in Chilema, Malawi. A unified and self-sustaining Anglican Communion in Africa, providing holistic ministry to all and fulfilling God’s promise for abundant life (John 10:10). In forming CAPA, they were looking for a space that would enable them to deepen their fellowship and unity as well as build their capacity to make sustainable and prophetic responses on matters that affect the well being of the people so that they can become a credible voice and vehicle for their total transformation.
In their aspiration, we sense, a clear recognition of the need for working towards unity as Anglican Church Leaders in Africa. They recognize that Africa is their arena of operation and that tackling the issues that deprive people of abundant life was their primary calling,
It clear that the Continent Continues to be fractured, and Gods’ people continue to live in deplorable conditions. There is therefore a sense in which the current Anglican church leadership needs to stop and reflect on their responsibility towards CAPA, as an instrument formed by their predecessors to enable them to be accountable to the people of Africa.
CAPA should be the pride of the Anglican church leadership in Africa, it was formed by Africans and has survived for over 40 years and as the popular saying goes, seeking African solutions to Africa’s problems. We should therefore not get lost in the many global networks all around us. The call I sense is that we are being invited to recover our sense of responsibility to the Church in Africa, and the well- being of the whole continent, because our response to Africa’s needs is the test of our faithfulness is and where our obedience is being judged.
Am encouraged that our Secretariat, has continued to refocus the church towards the Africa agenda (seeking solutions to realities in Africa), The various initiatives covered in this report testify to the fact that , CAPA is endowed with numerous possibilities and has the potential of accompanying the Africa Union in its vison 2063 of an integrated , prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena.
From the General Secretary
Working smart in Africa is no longer an option but a logical choice for anyone wishing to have an impact, especially given the diverse and intricate issues facing the Continent today.
For CAPA this has meant thinking outside the box, working with imagination and leveraging on partnerships.
We have opted to focus on the root causes of the predicament of God’s people on the continent, and not merely the symptoms.
Believing strongly in the Church as an instrument for transformation in society, we have through our Healthy Church strategy sought to strengthen the culture of self-reflection at both at personal and institutional levels and restore a sense of intentionality in the way the Church lives out her calling.
We have built partnerships with several organizations strategically drawing on their expertise to complement our efforts towards realizing possibilities for Africa.
We have either set up or actively participated in Platforms, to enable sustained engagement on pressing issues including, Human trafficking, unsafe migration, radicalization, interfaith relations and Family health and well-being.
We have stepped our advocacy at national, Regional and Global levels because we share Edward Abbey, an American author observation ‘every important change in society, for the good at least, has taken place because of popular pressure – pressure from below, from the great mass of people.’ And in this regard, we are very conscious that it can be difficult and costly to speak truth to power, but current realities in Africa leave us with no choice.
I hope that through the pages of this report you will appreciate the choices we have made, focussing more on processes rather than events, because we desire to see sustainable change.
You are welcome to walk with us along this journey.
From Ven. J.W. Kofi deGraft-Johnson CAPA General Secretary
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for
evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death
Friends, Easter celebration is all about the death AND the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and reminds us of and emphasizes our redemptive blessings. The resurrection of Jesus is the anchor of the Christian faith (1 Cor 15:14). The purpose of His death would not have been complete if He did not rise again. Our victory over sin and Satan lies in the death and resurrection of Jesus.
The resurrection of Jesus reconciled us back to God (1Peter 1:3) and restored our position in God before the fall of man (Adam). A revelation and an understanding of this gives us a cause and a reason to celebrate Easter everyday of our lives as Christians. Even in these unusual and uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic when we are unable to gather in our numbers to celebrate in the ways and manner we are used to, nothing can stop us from celebrating EASTER.
Easter celebration shows our acknowledgement and appreciation of what Jesus suffered and achieved for us. It is a reminder and a celebration of the triumph of good over evil; an understanding and celebration of the devil’s total defeat which empowers us (Christians) to challenge the enemy and exercise our authority as the redeemed in Jesus’ name. Easter day is more than eating and drinking. It is a day to praise God and thank Him for His salvation. Having this knowledge and attitude of appreciation provokes God’s blessings and manifestation of the resurrection power (Dunamis) of Jesus Christ. Among many other blessings, the resurrection power of the Lord Jesus brings about the salvation of souls, healing, deliverance, mercies, material provisions (Psalm 103:1-5) and also power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory and blessings, (Revelation 5:12) These are long lasting effects of Easter which should always bring us closer to God and heighten our belief and faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, let this Easter celebration be a time to stay home and spend time with the family. Let it be a time for coming close to the Lord in our appointed “God place” (Genesis 19:27, Daniel6:10, Mark 1:35) to CELEBRATE JESUS.
HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL. Christ is Risen Indeed, Alleluia.
PASTORAL LETTER ON COVID 19.
Dear Christian Brother and Sisters,
Lenten greetings to you all in the CAPA family and beyond.
We are reaching you at these unusual and trying times of the COVID-19 virus pandemic that is threatening and disrupting our normal life processes across the globe. It is unprecedented in our recent history that a pandemic like this redefines the way we live and go about our life activities. We are challenged to adapt and adopt various approaches and life styles to stay safe and remain resilient. We are glad however that the current situation has heightened our faith and hope in the living God, the Creator and sustainer of the universe; our strong tower and our Comforter, the eternal God, who is our refuge and underneath are His everlasting arms.
Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, our national governments have put in place stringent precautionary measures to protect us including restricting gatherings and movements of people in the public space. Some of us are not happy that we are unable to gather for our various worship services neither are we able to engage with others as we have wishes. We are aware of some resentments to these restrictions and especially our inability to meet for worship services during this period leading to EASTER. We can understand the feels being expressed but please let us understand that these measures are for our good and for the sake of our neighbours to who we are called to love. The viral infection does not discriminate and does not respect any creed, race or ethnicity. We are all at the mercy of our Lord who gives us peace (Psalm 46:10)
Friends, these of times of unprecedented media propaganda about the pandemic. We wish to serious encourage all to heed news and information from credible sources like the WHO, our National Ministries of Health and not from the various print and electronic media outlets, worse of all the social media. There are a lot of new put out there only to create fear and panic. We have not been given over to the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7). Let us be wise and discerning as to what we wish to listen to and believe.
We assure you of our prayers and wish to encourage you all to understand that:
- Although there is a restriction on church gathering, there is no restriction on Daily Bible Reading. If ever there is a time to read the scriptures, it is such a time as this. Let us remember our mantra, “No Bible, No Breakfast”.
- Although there is a restriction on church gathering, there is no restriction on Quiet Time. If ever there was a time to observe our quiet time more, it is such a time as this. Remember, Quiet Time is our spiritual fuel for the day.
- Although there is a restriction on church gathering, there is no restriction on Prayer. If ever there was a time to pray more, it is such a time like this. Remember, Prayer is the Master Key.
- Although there is a restriction on church gathering, there is no restriction on exercising our Faith. If ever there was a time to demonstrate Faith, it is such a time as this. Remember “He has not given us a spirit of fear” and “without Faith it is impossible to please God.”
We shall surely overcome with God on our side. May God keep us safe till our next fellowship and may we nonetheless celebrate the joys of EASTER now as never before even in these trying times.
With love and prayerful support along the way.
MOST REV. ALBERT CHAMA
PRIMATE OF THE CURCH OF CENTRAL AFRICA AND