Ministering amidst the pandemic

Ministering amidst the pandemic

A story from Xolani, an otLIVE instructor, who has found creative ways to minister despite the pandemic…

“We have just started weekly otLIVE lessons which we run on Sundays in the yard of our home.

About 30 children from the community attend. We do the otLIVE lessons outside and try to comply with government regulations regarding social distancing and mask-wearing. Not easy with children!

This has been like a breath of fresh air for our family to get back to serving the kids. And you can see that the children have just been yearning for this!

 

 

 

Things are very tough for people generally in our community. The economic fallout from the pandemic has been massive. Families are in distress. Many have lost their jobs. The children often arrive hungry – so our church has been involved in reaching out with food parcels.”

(The outreach project run by Xolani’s church is one of those which are supported by Walk Thru the Bible, in partnership with turn the tide 4 children.)

First online training of otLIVE instructors

First online training of otLIVE instructors

Lockdown brought many ‘firsts’ for us all.

For Walk Thru the Bible Southern Africa, this included our first online training of otLIVE instructors in Nigeria and India. What a privilege it was to partner with Walk Thru the Bible USA for these exciting events. We thank the Lord for technology that allows us to cross even closed borders!

As our South African trainer explains:

“There was such a wonderful energy that came from bringing together different teaching styles and cultures. How wonderful to see the passion and joy in the new Nigerian instructors – who were so creative in coming up with songs to help them remember the story and hand signs. Thank the Lord for Zoom which has opened up so many new opportunities.”

 

“These new otLIVE instructors are like wildfire going through the schools in Nigeria. They have all already taught many events, and otLIVE has been received with great excitement and enthusiasm.”

“otLIVE helped me to understand the big picture of the Old Testament in just one morning!”

“otLIVE helped me to understand the big picture of the Old Testament in just one morning!”

Moms-for-Wellington are a passionate group of women from a cross section of society in the town of Wellington in the Western Cape of South Africa. The group is committed to serving the vulnerable children in their community through structured initiatives such as discipleship, feeding and pre-school programs.

The otLIVE instructor relates:

“It was a great time doing an otLIVE Live Event for Moms-for-Wellington. What a great opportunity to invest in the lives of the ladies who disciple and work with the children. This was a way empowering them with a better understanding of the Bible – both as they minister to the children and to enrich their personal walks with the Lord.

Afterwards some of the enthusiastic group of moms shared their feedback:

“I have such a sense of accomplishment! I never thought I could understand the big picture of the Old Testament in just one morning – but otLIVE helped me to do that!”

“I am surprised at how much I learned in just one day.”

“This is great, easy to learn material”.

May the Lord bless and strengthen these precious ladies as they minister to the vulnerable children in their community.

 

“I was so impressed – I never thought that the children would learn as much as they did from otLIVE”

“I was so impressed – I never thought that the children would learn as much as they did from otLIVE”

This was the feedback from of one of the leaders of the Holiday Bible Club hosted by Lenasia Church of the Nazarene – where 1900 children participated in otLIVE over the course of the week.

Testimonies from some of the children…
I have learnt that God can make anything happen if you come to him in prayer. God is with you throughout the way. I really liked acting out the Bible with the hand signs and I understand the Bible better now. I didn’t go to Children’s Church before. I hope to go now.
~Caleb (12)

 

I never grew up reading the Old Testament – so I never understood about Abraham, Isaac and all those people. But now I have started reading the Bible for myself.
~Nicholas (12)

 

I am learning what I didn’t know before and I understand the Bible more. The lessons also reminded me about respecting God and helping each other.
 ~Shikar (14)

 

otLIVE makes me want to participate. The hand signs are so fun!
 ~Mishaelin (11)

 

Now I will be able to read the Bible.
~Keisha (11)

 

I felt good and normal being here. I like the story about Joshua. The lessons also reminded me about respect – and not dissing others and my parents.
~Lettie

 

~I will remember that it went well with Joseph because he obeyed God.
Shirley (12)

 

I like the story of Samson. It reminded me about not letting people force you into things. I also really enjoyed the hand signs and I can do them for my family. I am reading my Bible.
~Joy

 

My favourite story was about Joshua and learning to be strong and courageous.
~Rethabile (10)

 

Jacob was a wrestler! That’s cool!
~Tiano (10)

 

I liked the explaining of the stories. Now the Bible will be easier to read.
~Ruwani (12)

I learnt about forgiving and not being cruel to others – like Joseph.
~Talicia (12)

I am happy to be here. I am learning to not swear and to show respect.
~Kgakhiso

These hand signs will help me! I liked learning about Moses – and the waters parting and the staff and the snake. The stories teach me that we must obey God at all times.
~Andisa (10)

 

And from some of the volunteers…

I am a volunteer here and I have also brought my own kids to attend Holiday Bible Club. What is amazing is that the kids remember most of the otLIVE lesson and are really motivated. The hand signs really help.
~Aasiyah

 

The children are enjoying the hand signs. They pick them up easily, are learning quickly and are able to repeat them. They are really grasping the lessons from the stories.
~Deon

 

The kids were enthusiastic and excited about otLIVE – eagerly anticipating what they were going to be taught next!
~Pam

 

otLIVE really made the stories easier to understand. The actions and hand signs especially helped the kids.
~Jessica

And from others…

“I am learning so much from otLIVE. This has meant so much to me.”

“otLIVE is such an easy and light way to get through lots of content and to understand the Bible.”

“I take leave from work just to help here at the Holiday Bible Club!”

“I will remember the smiles on the kids’ faces. OtLIVE really helped to simplify things – I used to get stuck trying to remember everything!”

 

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