In addressing COVID-19, here are some ways J-Life is empowering and equipping leaders across Africa:
We as J-Life understand that during this time, things cannot be business as usual. We are blessed with an opportunity here to help the church in Africa to reflect more of Jesus and His commission of us. To effectively do this, we realise that we have to speed up our response to assessing how we can help churches adapt, and then to equip and resource them to make the changes needed. Our concern is that some churches are just trying to move the once a week meeting online which will never be enough .... So in response we have:
- Started J-Life regional ‘virtual summits’. We are dreaming around what needs to happen to help the church do what Jesus did
- Each ‘Regional Summit’ will discuss how we can better help churches see the need to equip their people to disciple those that they are in contact with
- Out of each of our ‘Regional Summits’ we hope to have many new and creative ideas that can be used to effectively expose needs and then equip and resource the church for disciplemaking in these times
Now more than ever, churches are seeing that they have not equipped their people to disciple others and that disciple making is not happening within families. We are working on new mediums/tools/platforms for churches to use to equip their people.
We are encouraged by Jeremiah 17: 7-8:
"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is in the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and it is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit."