A key building block of our work is that we encourage people from different churches to work together. For a number of reasons, this is not “the done thing” in most of the villages in which we work where many churches actually oppose each other.
Sadly, division between churches can be extreme with neighbours or family members not talking to one another. Life! Groups across Zambia are setting a new trend and showing those around them that it can be different. They are helping to build unity between churches.
We have been working with Chris from Namuteze, Siavonga, for some time now. Chris tells us how unity is beginning to grow in his area.
We didn’t know anything of this kind, of churches coming together. We only knew brother Bernard and his group. They came to tell us this word. God does not want segregation where we say this is our church and this is not. What God wants is for people to come together. We did ask them, “We are Apostles Church, how are we going to be together with the SDAs?” And brother Bernard explained clearly to us. He said you can come together, you call them, you sit together, so you try to explain to them that if we can come together as different churches there is something good that will come out of that. We started gathering together as the churches, Roman Catholic and Apostles church. People saw that this thing is good. From there we didn’t just sit, or maybe end there when Bernard and the group had gone. We thought of going to another place called Mathea. The plan that we came up with was to go there on a Sunday so we can go and fellowship with the UCZ church there. When we arrived there we introduced ourselves and luckily we were not chased away. They welcomed us peacefully. Now we have 6 men who are willing to work together with us. From there I came to learn that this thing is good.
We look forward to hearing what this growing unity leads to!
Do you want to support Chris and others like him?
First and foremost, please pray for Chris and all the other Impact Team members. Across rural Zambia, they are breaking the mould and seeking to do things differently. This can be hard, especially when people are suspicious of anything new. Visit the Who We Are page to find out more about our team members.
If you would like to practically help with supporting Chris and others like him, you can donate money towards the support of Impact Teams. As a guide, it costs us £127 per month for each Impact Team member we support. We currently have 11 team members and 14 trainee team members like Chris. Amazingly, each team member gives their time. Dignity supports them in a number of ways. Financially, we cover all the costs associated with travelling to different areas (food, transport etc.). We provide regular training and encouragement, again, covering the cost for team members so they are able to partake. We ensure teams meet regularly so they can share their experiences and learn from each other. And last but by no means least, we provide pastoral care and we all pray for one another.