In Africa, many communities face unimaginable hardships. The coronavirus has added to those challenges. Due to restrictions, families face going without food. The bishops and pastors of the Lutheran Mission in Africa-Synod of a Thousand Hills (LMA-STH) embrace what scripture says in James 2:15-16, “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?”
While resources are limited, the desire is strong to help their congregations and communities. The LMA-STH has reached out to LCMS International Mission to assist them in fulfilling the needs of feeding their flock. The LCMS serves and works side-by-side with local churches to help “Spread the Gospel; Plant Lutheran Churches; Show Mercy.”
Through the help of a COVID-19 relief grant, the LMA-STH will be able to provide food and sanitation materials to pastors, students and vulnerable families. This will encourage people to stand firm in their faith. It paints a beautiful picture of the church of Christ, caring for each other for the sake of the Gospel. Both physical and spiritual food brings life.
Bishop Selestine Seburikoko, pastors and students have distributed food in several parishes. Three deaconess students who are attending Matongo seminary in Kenya, help to share the Word of God before commencing with the distribution. “The visitation has helped me to bring back the pastors and students to the focus of the church. I am thankful for that.” –Bishop Seburikoko.