London supporters hear firsthand about work in Nigeria
Supporters from London and other parts of the United Kingdom met in trustee Peter King’s home for our annual update with founder Mark Hopkins.
We shared a delicious meal cooked by Peter and Isabelle Hopkins then settled in for presentations from UK Chair Ed Greening and Mark.
Firstly Ed spoke about his time visiting Nigeria for the 10th anniversary conference in March including the inspiring worship, good speakers and great food.
Ed remembered a strong message around what it really means to be faithful to God in our personal lives, our relationships with family and society around us.
Mark then spoke about three particular challenges facing Christians and churches in Africa:
- Endemic corruption, everywhere right the way up and down society including deeply into churches. This includes poor work ethics, with people not faithful about time keeping or working hard
- Poverty and wealth, with a small rich elite and majority of people living in extreme poverty
- Gender inequality, with men seen as superior and able to abuse and exploit women and girls.
Grace & Light is calling for a renewal movement bringing social righteousness into African churches starting with Nigeria.
“Many people in churches are not Christian,” Mark explained. “Our aim is to evangelise the church so we are one Body of Christ in reality.
“Nigerian churches are opening their arms to us and we are partnering for social righteousness with churches of all denominations.”
UK trustee Jo Ann Sweeney then introduced Grace & Light’s fundraising challenge for 2013, inviting people to support one of our volunteer teams in Nigeria.
We currently have 18 teams working in 11 states visiting churches, sharing the gospel, proving counselling and HIV/AIDS testing and establishing life sharing groups.
Download our 2013 fundraising challenge leaflet here for more information
Download our social righteousness leaflet here