16 December 2020
Christ the antidote to hardship and violence

Volunteer teams have continued to visit churches during the autumn, though in lesser numbers than previous years because of the Covid pandemic.

Five volunteer teams – Jos, Yola, Gombe, Lafia and Biu – visited local churches between August and December. In total they visited 28 churches, sharing the gospel of social righteousness with 8,187 people.

Of these 1,008 chose to be tested for HIV/AIDS and just two people tested positive. Sixteen hundred people rededicated their lives to Christ and another 84 made first commitments.

Ninety-five per cent of those who tested also chose to join life sharing groups in their churches, committing to holding each other accountable for their relationships with God and their behaviours.

Life sharing groups are small and same sex, up to six people, and meet regularly, usually weekly, with their members sharing similar life situations.

“We are living in hard times in Nigeria at the moment. Though we have not had large numbers of deaths from Covid, we are in the midst of a very hard recession as well as continual terrorist killings. Everything is going up in price, but salaries are not matching. We see the rich getting richer,” said international coordinator Tassie Ghata.

“People are feeling the effects and turning to Christ. When they hear our social righteousness message they realise being a Christian is not just going to church on Sundays. It means giving their lives to Christ and behaving as he requires in all aspects of their lives.”

Prayer Requests

Please pray for life sharing groups: members remain committed to meeting regularly, trust each other to share openly, listen to each other and show understanding and support, hold each other accountable for behaviours and growing relationship with God.

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