Two new teams, Three strengthened!
Jalingo and Michika now have full strength teams equipped for vision sharing and counselling and testing following new volunteer training.
The Michika team now has 16 members and they no longer need Yola volunteers to join them on church visits. The Jalingo team has 14 members; their city is the capital of Taraba State. Remaining participants joined the existing Lafia, Yola and Jos teams.
Catholic Diocese of Jos supports Grace & Light
Rev Msgr Benedict Obidiegwu, administrator of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos, and Cecilia Pinta, health coordinator, open doors for Grace & Light within Roman Catholic parishes.
Grace & Light’s Jos volunteers expect to begin visiting Catholic congregations for vision sharing and testing, following an advocacy visit with Rev Obidiegwu - assistant to the Most Reverend Dr Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, who is also President of the Nigerian Bishops and President of the Episcopal Conference of West African Catholic Bishops - and Mrs Cecilia Pinta who is health coordinator for the Jos diocese.
Refresher training energises volunteer teams
Volunteers say they feel re-energised and ready to share the gospel with more local congregations following refresher training in Jos.
Fifty-five volunteers from 11 teams took part in the three-day training programme in early November. It is designed to encourage them as well as update their counselling, testing, vision sharing and team working skills.
Book Fairs celebrate ministry and raise funds
Hundreds of local Christians have new books and bibles following recent book fairs in Jos.
We held the book fairs at TCNN (Theological College of Northern Nigeria) and Gindiri Theological Seminary, as well and our Jos charity shop during October and November.
Prisoners embrace social righteousness
Male and female prisoners convert and rededicate their lives during Grace & Light’s first visit to a Nigerian prison.
Just over 250 prisoners crowded into the Pankshin Prison’s chapel to hear international coordinator Tassie Ghata share the gospel message of social righteousness.
School Visits Resume as Students Return to Classes
Volunteers have recommenced schools’ ministry as students returned to their classes in October.
International coordinator Tassie Ghata is delighted that a third volunteer team is now equipped to minister in schools. Mangu team members and the Jos team for a visit to Kogan High School in Mangu during November.
Social righteousness changes people’s hearts
When congregations and their leaders hear the message of social righteousness, they turn back to God and commit to changing their lives.
Time and again our volunteer teams see how societal norms are eroding Christian values, causing people to behave as others around them do rather than conforming to God’s standards for living.
Saving a life
Tony Sudan shares one of the many stories he witnesses of God convicting and changing lives.
The woman you see in this picture is Martha Yakubu. She lives in the same community as Tumba Francis, the young man in the middle. He worked as painter but fell sick and was unable to work.
UK Supporters’ Event
This year our UK supporters event moved from London to Worthing, allowing us to meet and thank donors and prayers in Southern England.
Trish and Chris Chatfield hosted the event at their home, generously providing afternoon tea on 9 September. They are trustees for AMEN, a grant making trust that has supported Grace & Light for many years.
Leadership conference oversubscribed
Forty people were invited to Grace & Light’s first leadership conference – and 49 attended, confirming social righteousness is a topic that challenges church and business leaders.
The conference was billed as an interactive discussion in which delegates shared their experiences, understanding and desire for social righteousness in all facets of Nigerian life.
Congregations challenged to be salt and light
Volunteers continue to challenge church congregations about what God expects from Christians when he calls us to be salt and light in our communities.
This is a tough-to-hear counter-cultural message calling Christians to live righteous lives; people are more used to hearing that wealth and possessions signify God’s blessing.
Teachers support schools’ ministry
Four schools are piloting a new way of helping secondary school students understand how to behave in ways that honour God based on a novel and workbook.
Teachers from the four schools in Jos and Mangu attended a one-day workshop on 31 August, which Grace & Light ran in partnership with the South African charity Voice in Africa.
ERCC opens doors to Grace & Light in Nasarawa
Volunteers in Nasarawa State are looking forward to sharing the gospel in many more ERCC churches now Grace & Light has support from the ERCC leadership team.
Tassie Ghata, Dawuleng Jacob and Pofi Josiah visited the new leadership team for Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ in Nasarawa in late August, spending a couple of hours introducing Grace & Light, explaining how we partner with denominations and how our volunteer teams work with local congregations.
Mangu congregations affirm life sharing
Ninety people attended the day-long members’ workshop in Panyam, to the delight of volunteers in the Mangu and Jos teams who organised the event.
This was a refresher for the many members of life sharing groups in churches in Mangu local government area, along with their pastors, action committee members and leaders of the regional church council. Panyam is a town in the area.
Tearfund and Grace & Light building links in Nigeria
Tearfund Nigeria and Grace & Light are strengthening their commitment to partnering in the gospel following an international development workshop.
The workshop, run by Tearfund for Grace & Light, explained Tearfund’s process for church and community mobilisation. It ran on 2 August for all ten of the Jos office team and eight members of the Jos volunteer team.