But I do not count my life of any value to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God’s grace – Acts 20:24 (NRSV)
Pray for these words to be deeply rooted in the heart of the local church in the communities Hands at Work is serving in. Pray for Pastors and other church leaders to bring the good news of Jesus into their own communities, and to care for the most vulnerable people. Pray for the local church across Africa to be mobilised into action, calling forward more volunteer Care Workers from their congregations.
The Response of the Local Church:
Blessings Sambo has served with Hands at Work for many years in Zambia. As a pastor, Blessings has personally witnessed the challenges and triumphs of the local church. Today he serves as a leader with Hands at Work and supports our volunteer Care Workers throughout DRC, Malawi and Zambia. We asked Blessings how he has seen the local church respond to the call of God to care for the most vulnerable in the poorest communities:
“It has not been an easy journey. The gospel is not preached in many African churches, prosperity is preached instead. So when we take the Biblical mandate of caring for the vulnerable to our churches, we are really asking them to shift their thinking. I remember two years ago when we called for a meeting of 20-30 pastors in Mulenga (where I am a pastor myself). Only one showed up. Today I thank God because last year we called for another meeting and seven church leaders came!"
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