Prayers for Africa

  Sister Susan Roberts, Africa Southeast Area Public Affairs

  • 17 July 2012

Eight of the missionaries who participated in the "Prayer" project.  Sister Susan Roberts

The prayers were recorded as part of the project “Prayer,” a community project supported by the city of Johannesburg and the Goethe Institute.

On May 26, 2012 missionaries at the Missionary Training Centre (MTC) in Johannesburg, South Africa joined together to record prayers for Africa.  Eighteen Elders and Sisters from both African and non-African countries offered prayers in different languages including:  Kiswahili, Tswana, Bantu, Swahili, Xhosa, Shona, Lugandu, Lusoga, Malagasy, Sotho, IsZulu, Nyanja, Afrikaans, English, and German. 

The prayers were recorded as part of the project “Prayer,” a community project supported by the city of Johannesburg and the Goethe Institute.  “Prayer” was initiated to create an educative and representative study of the faiths that make up Johannesburg, South Africa.

Missionary Prayers convey humble spirit

As the missionaries prayed, the Spirit conveyed their humble sincerity to those in attendance.  Following the missionaries’ recordings, the author of the “Prayer” project, Mr. James Webb, said, “I felt something very different today as I listened to the missionaries pray.   I felt a gentleness and a calmness in the room.  Even though I could not understand the words they said, I felt a quiet confidence.  I felt secure and connected to something important.  It was a wonderful spiritual experience for me.”

 Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are blessed with the knowledge that each individual can communicate with our Heavenly Father in prayer.  He listens and answers those prayers.  One person who witnessed the MTC recording of prayers said, “It was such a treat to be among these young men and women who had just arrived to serve in Africa.  They had such a Spirit of Christ about them, and they will be a powerful force for good in the South African Mission.” 

“Prayer” Exhibit at Johannesburg Art Gallery

During the exhibit “Prayer” several prayers are broadcast simultaneously through speakers located on the floor of the gallery.  Patrons kneel or sit on the floor by the speakers to hear the prayers.

The “Prayer” Project opened on July 15, 2012, at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa.  At the exhibit, one young African boy was heard to excitedly exclaim, “I just heard a prayer in my very own language.”  The exhibit, which is free, will be available until November 2012.