We take this opportunity to thank the Lord for having seen us through these last six months of this year working with the Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC).
I am sending this information to you so that we can thank God together for what God is doing through our ministry. You are playing a vital role in everything that is happening in our ministry and we feel much responsibility for the task God has entrusted to us.
Let God fill you with grace and blessings, let the Lord meet all your needs and solve your concerns, for it is written, "For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of which love you have shown, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do ministry. And we desire that each one of you should show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end that do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises." Hebrews 6: 10-12.
This last quarter with OAIC I was involved in the preparation of the Enlarged Executive meeting which took place in Accra, Ghana from 28th November – 2nd December. Since I am the only bilingual person in the organization, I was very busy translating the many documents from English to French, since a number of our constituencies come from French speaking countries in Africa.
Another activity I was involved was the Livelihoods Monitoring & Evaluation training organized by the OAIC. The workshop focused on mobilizing and educating the communities to understanding the importance of the campaign promoting food security in the continent. Farmers representing churches across the continent included: 5 delegates from Kenya; 4 delegates from Uganda; 2 delegates from Tanzania; 2 from Kenya ; and 7 delegates came from the OAIC international Team.
At OAIC it is my responsibility is to develop Community Health program, I believe this seminar has been an excellent starting point. The program will look at illneses that have been negected and rarely discussed, and see how the church can address them. Startegies on incorporating the congregations into these dicsucussions are being put in place. Resources will also be raised for a continental workshop on community health.
May this Christmas Season and the new forthcoming year be a time of delight and serenity for you, your family, and all of your entire ones.
Rev. Brigitte Eale serves as a long-term volunteer with the OAIC. This is a joint appointment with the Common Global Ministries Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ.