As we listened to feedback from Life Groups who received our COVID-19 information sheets, we were struck by something really simple and really important. These leaflets did more than share information, they created connection and reassurance. Groups were deeply encouraged that they had not been forgotten and that information had been provided in their own language. Wider communities benefited and interest in Life Groups increased.
This got us thinking…while teams cannot travel in the same way why don’t we use our monthly bulletin Awaken in a new way? Awaken gives our key teachings in bite-size chunks (find out more). It’s super easy to use, can be stand-alone or done as a course. In the hands of Life Groups it would be powerful as it would encourage them to share the truth of Jesus, love those around them and plant new groups.
To date we’ve distributed it digitally and in English. Imagine if we translated it and got a copy to every single Life Group, every month! The impact could be great…
…so we’re doing it! In the same way Paul sent letters when he couldn’t physically visit churches, Awaken will be our letter while teams can’t visit Life Groups.
Royd got to work straight away on coordinating translations into Bemba, Lunda, Tonga and Chewa and by the end of next week, Issue 1 will be ready to go! Swahili will follow on before long as well!
We are really excited to see what will happen as we continue to invest in the people God has called to work together and pioneer change in their communities.
Watch this space for feedback and updates from Life Groups.
You could pray for:
- Royd and Jo as they coordinate translation and creation of Awaken in 5 languages.
- Impact Teams as they distribute Awaken and follow up with calls and messages to Life Groups
- Life Groups as they receive this encouragement and a reminder that they are deeply valued.
If you would like to help cover the cost of printing and distributing Awaken you can do so by making a donation here. Include a message to say it is for Awaken.