We have been working with Clever for some time now. He has been learning conservation farming with us and teaching others in his community. He is also dedicated to sharing Jesus with people and was recently involved in organising a day of prayer. He faced the challenge of encouraging churches to work together, something we all know can be tricky! Working together is a strong theme running through all of Dignity’s teaching and training. Here is what Clever said.
“To start with I want to say thank you for the teachings. I feel privileged to receive the teaching. The words you have said have encouraged me and I have thought about them. We, the Salvation Army, were hosting the world pray day. It wasn’t easy to bring together churches from different places. I was surprised on one thing. I thought that according to what you had said we should come together from different churches as we are here today. Before the day, we came up with a programme to say which churches and which people would do which part.”
“The other church, when they saw we called others to be part of that meeting, they decided to boycott. They said they were not going to come because we had involved other churches. They started trying to influence other churches to not go as well. Now that God is powerful, many people came and many churches came. It was only that one church that didn’t come.”
“I was trying to compare our sessions today when we were learning about the body of Christ like we are different parts of one body and we have different functions. I was a bit worried because I was asking myself, these guys, do they think they can turn away people who are Christians already. To me, I concluded that their kind of Christianity is not good because they discouraged many.”
“That’s why I’m asking, as people of God, we are one. Our task is to bring those who are lost, not to turn the ones who are already in the church. And not to judge others because God is the final judge. My happiness came up after we went through the other lessons that we attended where Jon said we have not come here to plant churches but to encourage and build the existing churches. Let’s continue working together!”
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