Welcome to our new volunteer team in Gembu
Sixteen volunteers have formed a new team in Gembu, Taraba State following training in Jalingo during June.
Already they are visiting local churches for Sunday services, sharing the gospel, counselling and testing for HIV/AIDS and calling on congregations to rededicate their lives to Christ or make first commitments.
In total 22 people attended Grace & Light’s five day new volunteer training in Jalingo at the Christian Association of Nigeria offices. The remaining six people have joined our existing Yola and Jalingo teams.
“Although they all believed they were strong Christians, 19 realised they were not living lives that honour him,” said Tassie Ghata international coordinator. “They had never been challenged to give their lives to Christ.”
Each of the 19 people rededicated their lives to Christ, are now supporting each other to live according to gospel values and have become Grace & Light members. Every person who attended the training is now active in a volunteer team.
Tassie added “We are especially grateful to Samuel, a local church leader, who inspired people to volunteer for the training. He visited many churches in Gembu, introducing Grace & Light and calling people to volunteer. They were inspired by his zeal.”
Over the five days from 23-27 June the volunteers heard about social righteousness, HIV transmission, prevention and treatment and learnt practical skills in counselling, HIV testing, care and support, setting up life sharing groups in churches, building relationships with church leaders, plus teamwork and relationships.
Funding for this training was raised during the charity walk in Chichester Harbour at the end of May. Thank you to everyone who joined the walk that day and to the many people who sponsored each walker.
Please pray for:
- Gembu team members will remain committed and visit at least one church a month
- Churches in and around Gembu will be open to Grace & Light and welcome the volunteers to their Sunday services
- Congregations will be open to our message of social righteousness, repent of their behaviours that foster corruption, discrimination and sexual/ gender violence, and recommit their lives to Christ.