Week 2 - The Local Church in Africa
Vulnerability is seen in Africa in the sick, orphaned, widowed, dying, very young and very old. Pray the local church in Africa will lead the way and become an example of love and care for these who are so close to God’s heart. From each pregnant teenager, to single father caught up in the snares of alcoholism, may the church not be a voice of judgement, but a voice and an example of love to all who struggle.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit - Psalm 34:18
The Call of the Church
Mobilise: Cause to move around. To make ready for action.
Hands at Work has been called to mobilise the local church in Africa to act within their communities.
James Tembo, Zambia Regional Support Team Leader, has felt a call on his life for the past decade to challenge and walk with our local churches. After giving his life to Christ, he felt God challenging him to care for children; for those who are weak. In 2004, James and his wife Sukai began walking in the community of Mulenga, Zambia caring for the most vulnerable children. James recognised the ability within the churches to also care. James took this opportunity to build relationship with the local churches. He challenged congregations, full of able hands and willing hearts, to step in as Care Workers. Reflecting, James says, “The church may be lacking in finances and medical support, but the heart and man power of the church is their wealth. If the church can understand its mandate in the community, and become mobilised, there will be support for children. The leaders, the congregation, and the building, are all available resources. They can pray, encourage, mentor, and walk with children and Care Workers. We are here to open their eyes. Spiritually, these churches will be the greatest support in bringing up children in Christ.”