Celebrate with us our successful schools’ ministry - we’ve quadrupled visits over the last year and witnessed many changing hearts and lives.
Back in 2017 Grace & Light set itself the target of reaching 4,500 secondary students in 30 schools, visiting each school three to five times a year to give students ongoing support.
We’ve made big steps in reaching these goals. Between September 2017 and August 2018 our volunteer teams visited 28 secondary schools, sharing the gospel of social righteousness with 7,337 pupils.
Of these 3,439 chose to be tested for HIV/AIDS and just 17 were positive. Four hundred and sixty-three students committed their lives to Christ for the first time and 1,238 rededicated their lives.
We have also trained volunteers in our Bauchi, Gombe, Jalingo and Lafia teams so that schools outside Jos and Yola are also able to hear our message and receive ongoing support.
Our work in schools began in 2013 when the Jos volunteer team was invited by a local head teacher to share the gospel and test pupils. The work grew slowly through word of mouth and by 2016 between them Jos and Yola teams were visiting eight schools a year.
International coordinator Tassie Ghata felt called to dramatically increase this work and set the challenge of quadrupling school visits during 2017.
We are grateful to those who supported this expansion of our work by joining our fundraising walk in June 2017 and donating following our letter in February 2018, as well as Goodnews Evangelical Mission which gave a significant gift.
Over the next 12 months we would like to train volunteers in other teams so they can also work in secondary schools, plus increase visits by existing schools teams so that schools receive multiple visits a year and students feel they have ongoing support.