This past week, evangelists who travel by bicycle to remote, unreached areas of South Sudan sharing the gospel, received vital training on COVID-19 prevention, handwashing, and hygiene messaging. Not only will they reach vulnerable families with the hope of Jesus, but now too with life-saving information about the deadly Coronavirus.
In an innovative effort to prepare and protect vulnerable families as the deadly Coronavirus spreads across the globe, World Concern provided additional training in handwashing, hygiene practices, and health messaging to evangelists who are part of the Africans to Africa (A2A) program.
In partnership with the local church in South Sudan, World Concern’s A2A program trains and equips evangelists with
bicycles, bibles, and gospel materials, to share the gospel in remote communities and unreached areas. The project currently serves World Concern’s operational areas of Jur River and Aweil in the Bahr el Ghazal region of South Sudan.
“Empowering the local church to be the agent of change in the community is our top priority,” said World Concern South Sudan Country Director Joshua Bundi. “We are equipping these evangelists not only with the skills to win souls, but also equipping the church economically, socially, and health wise. If the church addresses the spiritual needs and fails to address the physical needs of communities, the church fails to address the real man.”
“At this point in time when the whole world is faced with the challenge of COVID-19, the Church must not only pray and encourage its members and community, but must demonstrate to them how to safeguard their families from the virus.”
These families know nothing about the virus that is spreading across the globe, nor how to protect themselves. They have no access to medical care, and they don’t understand the importance of handwashing, good hygiene, and avoiding contact with others – until now. And most have also never heard the name of Jesus – until now.
“I thank God for this great opportunity to join the A2A program which allows me to share my faith with others,” said evangelist Marko Piol. “It is true that most of our people do not know about the Lord Jesus especially in the villages, because no one wants to go there and plant a church. I am willing to share the word of God [in these villages] so that they may know for sure the love of God for us. Leecku nhialic! (Praise the Lord!).”
For more information on World Concern, or to donate, please visit www.worldconcern.org.
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