“And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work.” – Nehemiah 2:18
God is moving across the continent. It’s exciting to see teams of people working together in unity of vision and purpose for the Gospel. Witnessing partnerships of pastors and churches, binding their hearts together to see a mutual work of God’s Spirit being poured out, is tremendously exciting and incredibly fruitful.
The model of the Book of Acts seems to show us that “we” can do more when we walk together, when we collectively draw people, resources and prayer into a united work of God’s Spirit.
As we continue to minister across the regions, we need to consider “a fellowship of common purpose” within our ministry focus. In other words, we need to consider who is already on the ground working with the particular people, churches and cities we have been burdened for, as well as who may already be ministering in the ways in which God has given us a vision.
This approach will strengthen and multiply the effort but equally gives the people a clear picture of the heart of Jesus in sending the disciples out on mission. Africa is a continent where much of the ministry model surrounds “a man”. How radical would it be if we displayed a different approach that displayed our love for one another and those we minister too?
It’s important to change, if possible, the focus of how we go about ministry. In this way, we can draw from the good of what God is already doing through the various people Calvary Chapel has here, and invest in others. This will not only extend the work through multiplication but bring a great sense of joy and alter the course of ministry on this continent.
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