At the start of 2014 there were 116 Life! Groups with an estimated membership of about 2000 people. Our target for the end of 2014 was to see 180 Life! Groups in action, bringing hope to their communities.
At the end of September we sat down with the Impact Team leaders to reflect on where we have come. A few cups of tea and a number of hours later, we had an update on the number of groups currently meeting. We were nothing short of delighted to find that the total number of Life! Groups now meeting is 179… This is just 1 group short of our target for the year, and it’s only October! Wow!
That means 179 Life! Groups working to unite their communities, to serve those around them and bring real and lasting hope. These groups have an estimated membership of about 3,500 people. That’s 3,500 people being given an opportunity to receive Christian teaching and skills training. We are seeing people and communities achieve more than they ever thought possible. We are seeing grass-roots development projects springing up, inspired by and responding to the needs within communities.
We are grateful to God for making this possible, for opening doors for us and for raising up His people in communities across Zambia, and now into Namibia. We remain aware of Psalm 127 v 1 that says that, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain.” Please pray with us as we plan our work for the rest of this year and for 2015. Pray for wisdom and discernment as we continue to push forward.
As well as continuing to reach more communities, our role now is to support and equip the leaders of Life! Groups, both old and new. We want to make sure that they are equipped with the faith and skills they need to overcome the challenges they face. We want to help them support those in their groups without wearing themselves out. We want to see the 63 new Life! Groups planted so far this year put down deep roots and become life-changing groups for their members and their whole communities.
If you would like to help support these groups and become part of this movement, watch this video to find out about 1 simple thing you could do…