Food distribution during lockdown
Grace & Light has been distributing food to vulnerable families affected by the Covid-19 lockdown in Jos.
Grace & Light received donations from our partners in AMEN Trust, as well as some other donations, which were used to distribute food to 102 local families. When the word got out that food was being given out, more people came. It was hard to turn people away, knowing that they were also in need. We took their names, trusting that if the lockdown continues we will be able to find some support for them.
Responding to Covid-19 in Nigeria
At the moment our staff and volunteers are all safe. not suffering from the coronavirus and encouraging churches to play their part in limiting the spread of the virus.
During visits to churches and schools they have been sharing the symptoms, how the virus is spread and prevention measures individuals can take to slow the spread.
Lafia churches open their doors
Churches in Lafia are excited to be joining Grace & Light’s ministry and already opening their doors to our local volunteer team, following a visit from the Jos headquarters team.
Already Lafia volunteers have visited two churches, sharing the gospel of social righteousness, counselling and testing for HIV/AIDS during Sunday services.
Encouraging volunteer team leaders
Volunteer team leaders have stronger relationships with each other and with staff members following our first team leaders’ meeting.
Leaders are feeling re-energised and encouraged that they are partnering with God to bring his righteousness into their communities and are making a difference to people’s lives.
Church visits during January and February
Corruption is the new normal for many Nigerians including regular church-goers. Those who hear Grace & Light’s message of social righteousness realise it is not God’s way.
In many churches, when our volunteer teams speak about social righteousness, people are surprised by their message.
Once they hear and understand, they realise the way they are behaving is not what God wants them to do and they decide to change their behaviours.
Secondary students choose social righteousness
The word on social righteousness is spreading across Nigerian secondary schools, with students choosing to change their behaviours to honour God.
During January and February, the Jalingo and Jos teams visited three secondary schools, sharing the gospel with 832 students and testing 431. Of these, 164 rededicated their lives to Christ and 53 made a first commitment. Two students tested positive.
Stretching targets for 2020
Grace & Light has set itself stretching targets for our work in Nigeria during 2020.
We want to increase our work and impact in churches and schools across Nigeria, with our volunteer teams energised to visit more regularly, sharing the gospel of social righteousness and testing people for HIV/AIDS.