Equipping African churches
WOW builds the capacity of church and community leaders to be the hands and feet of Jesus in practical and relevant ways for those infected and affected by HIV & AIDS and poverty.
Every year, WOW hosts conferences for pastors, teachers and community leaders of local African communities. Biblical and community evangelism training equips them to minister to the vulnerable in Jesus’ name, using the resources they have. Our youth conferences engage Africa’s next generation of Christian leaders, teaching young women and men how they can take action and change their communities by serving others. Our conferences also offer free HIV testing for pastors and leaders, helping those who may not have known they were infected, and finding them proper treatment.
WHY DOES WOW WORK THROUGH LOCAL AFRICAN CHURCHES?
The Church is the most transformative force and pervasive institution available to respond; yet churches can be like a sleeping giant, seemingly paralyzed by inaction. To effectively impact change, churches must become like a Mother Teresa, actively caring for the poor and vulnerable. When churches across sub-Saharan Africa work together in sharing the love of Christ to the “weakest link” – the orphan and widow, they can be the most sustainable and potent enemy injustice on the planet.
WHAT DO CONFERENCES AND BIBLICAL TRAINING ACCOMPLISH?
Through pastors’ conferences, Jim Cantelon, Founder and President of Visionledd, is able to share a biblical worldview through his message of righteousness (a right relationship with God) and justice (a right relationship with each other) with thousands of pastors and community leaders. Conferences will include a biblical view of leadership, marriage, church and culture, view of women and practical examples of church engagement. Each conference provides an opportunity to mobilize the church to respond to the AIDS crisis.
Pastors and church leaders are presented with the biblical foundation to engage with the vulnerable, practical examples of the Church response and an opportunity for further training through Community Health Evangelism workshops (CHE).
- World View Change – Participants have a new understanding of righteousness (a right relationship with God) and justice (a right relationship with each other) and learn new ways of living within this context.
- Community Transformation – Pastors and church leaders are challenged on the issues of HIV and AIDS, orphan care, social justice and how their churches can be active in their communities.
- CHE – Community Health Evangelism provides leaders in the communities with the tools they need to engage volunteers from within their churches to reach out to those suffering and dying.
- HIV and AIDS – Conference attendees will have the opportunity to be tested for HIV along with counseling and information on how to receive treatment if needed.