The fallout from COVID-19 lockdowns is severe. See our full coronavirus coverage here. Millions have been forced into extreme poverty. Suicide and domestic abuse rates hit record-setting highs across the globe.
And yet, hope remains. Galen* with Global Disciples says, “We’ve seen it in many places where the lockdown allowed people to focus on their neighborhoods and provide a powerful witness of hope, and the kind of joy that has [transformed] many of their lives.”
One believer in Ethiopia used Global Disciples’ training resources to disciple five women from a Muslim background. More about Global Disciples’ approach here.
“While it’s not traditional in Islam for women to provide leadership, these women were willing to step forward,” Galen says.
“They started small house fellowships and within three months, those small house fellowships had multiplied into hundreds. Now, they are a significant network of house churches all across the region.”
In South Asia, lockdowns gave believers opportunities to share the hope and joy that comes only from Christ. Global Disciples partners with a large Christian church in a metropolitan area. “When the [COVID-19] restrictions came, they decided to multiply their church into 97 small house fellowships and committed to meet twice a week,” Galen says.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Praise God for moving so powerfully during a very difficult season!
- Pray nonbelievers would turn from self-sufficiency. Pray they will turn to Jesus as they seek the peace that surpasses all understanding.