Supporting the ministry of local churches in the UK
We are increasingly encouraged by the resolute and creative ministry of the many churches we support through our EQUIP programme for church leaders – especially in North Wales, the East Midlands, Kent, Gloucestershire, Bristol and here in Somerset. We are standing with each one of them as they focus on their hope – not just of eternal salvation, but for the future ministry of their church once the pandemic is over. To this end, each church leader has writtten a hope statement based on God’s promises to them; we are praying with them as they encourage their churches to prepare for the harvest which is to come.
As we pray into the future, we are delighted to read the latest national prayer polls conducted by ComRes, which show that people who have never previously prayed are beginning to do so, and that the provision of online worship has seen a doubling of numbers attending, with a rise from 11% to 24% of the population participating. The increase is greatest, it seems, amongst young people! Details available on the ComRes website here.
Supporting the ministry of Rooted in Jesus in Africa
We would also like to draw your attention to our latest Rooted in Jesus blog post, which covers news from our partners in Africa. In brief:
Hectorina Tsotetsi writes about her new socially distanced Rooted in Jesus groups which meet to worship on a mountain in Free State, South Africa
Brian Keel shares the new work with Rooted in Jesus being done in villages around Kisumu, Kenya, by a network of Pentecostal churches
Alfred Mugisa sends an update on the difference Rooted in Jesus has made in South Rwenzori, Uganda
Pez Raobison and +Todd & Patsy McGregor share the challenges and opportunities of Covid in Madagascar
+Moses Zungo writes from Maridi seeking our prayers for South Sudan
John Onyao gives us some troubling news from Karamoja, Uganda