We have just received a report from Revd Dr Joseph Morenammele of the Diocese of Lesotho in Southern Africa, where a refresher workshop for Rooted in Jesus was held in June. Joseph says: “The training went very well with 39 attending from 5 parishes. The guide provided by Growing the Church was very helpful in running the day’s programme. Parishes were given opportunity to report on what they have been doing since the training they had in 2019. A lot was shared, being both positive and negative. It was very encouraging to hear from people who had divided into small groups about the ministry that they had been exercising in their parishes in the meanwhile.”
To find out more about this event and about the ambitious digital ministry being developed by Growing the Church do visit our blog site.
Posted 14th July 2020
News from Madagascar
The Church of Good Samaritan in Paoli (US) were able to include a video interview with Bishop Todd McGregor of The Diocese of Toliara in a recent live-stream service. Good Sam’s Rector Richard Morgan is one of our Rooted in Jesus team leaders, and travelled with Rooted in Jesus to Toliara back in 2013. Bishop Todd says that the diocese has now grown from 11 churches to 110, and that there are perhaps 200 Rooted in Jesus groups meeting across the diocese. He also shares some of the hardship caused by the coronavirus measures, and asks for our continued prayers. To find out more click HERE.
New editions and translations of Rooted in Jesus
We have been using the time afforded to us by the coronavirus restrictions to press on with new translations and editions of Rooted in Jesus. Thanks to the hard work of our partners, we have been able to format the translations into our house style, and the following books are now available:
Rooted in Jesus Book 1 in Thok Naath, the local language of the new Diocese of Gambella in Ethiopia, where groups are already meeting following the conferences held earlier in the year
Rooted in Jesus Book 1 in Masai – this is an updated edition for Tanzania and Kenya, incorporating the changes made since the original translation back in 2005
Rooted in Jesus Junior Team Manual, Swahili edition, now going to press for the first time in Arusha, for team members and diocesan coordinators in Tanzania
Rooted in Jesus Junior Books 1 and 2 in French, with books 2-6 to follow – for use in DR Congo and in Burundi
Rooted in Jesus Junior books 5 and 6 in Swahili – these have now been printed in Arusha, and are available from the RinJ office there to dioceses already implementing the programme