Walk to support HIV testing in schools and churches

Our June sponsored walk is raising funds for test kits for the remainder of 2019.

Please do join us for our circular walk around Box Hill on Saturday, 1 June. Our circular 12-mile (20km) walk takes us along the beautiful Mole Valley and up and over Box Hill with its spectacular views of south London and the North Downs.

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Remote rural churches welcome visits

Grace & Light volunteers are now visiting congregations in a rural area 80km south of Jos after Tassie Ghata spoke at the monthly meeting for COCIN pastors in the Mangon Regional Church Council.

Tassie spoke at the pastors’ meeting in early April, sharing about our HIV/AIDS ministry in churches and schools, our sexual and gender-based violence ministry and focus on social righteousness every day of the week, not just Sundays.

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New members commit to sharing Grace & Light’s story

Ten people have committed to playing an active role in Grace & Light by publicising what we do in their congregations, hosting volunteer teams during visits, raising new local supporters and sharing ideas for improving our ministry.

They made their commitment public at our Nigerian annual general meeting on 16 March when they were welcomed into membership.

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Teachers commit to being Christian examples to their students

Teachers rediscover a passion for guiding students and being Christian role models at their secondary schools during a Grace & Light teachers’ conference.

Twenty-four teachers from nine Jos secondary schools spent a day at our headquarters discussing responses to corruption in education. They shared issues they and their students face including bullying, intimidation, sexual exploitation, cheating, lying and stealing.

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Borno volunteer teams active

Biu and Damaturu, our new teams in Borno, visited their first churches to share the gospel of social righteousness and test for HIV/AIDS during March.

Five volunteer teams - from Jos, Yola, Jalingo, Biu and Damaturu - visited 15 churches during March. They shared the gospel with 1,546 people of whom 674 chose to be tested and know their HIV status. Nobody tested positive.

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Social righteous message has lasting impact

Jos volunteers revisiting Jebu Miango were delighted to find secondary school students continue to live by the gospel values they heard about on our first visit.

The Jos team first visited the school in 2016. Three year on they saw a marked difference in attitudes of 14 to 18-year olds who heard their original message and younger pupils who have begun their secondary education since.

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Tassie enjoys meeting UK supporters

Many new people committed to supporting Grace & Light in prayer as international coordinator Tassie Ghata toured the UK visiting churches, charities and long-standing friends.

“We have expanded our horizons with many new people hearing about our work in Nigeria, asking lots of questions and signing up to receive information about what we are doing,” said Tassie.

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