“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfil the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:13
“Encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Movements supporting movements. It is what Christ calls us to do, and it is what IFES is uniquely positioned to coordinate. With COVID-19, many movements have suffered economically. Some have given up their office space because they were unable to pay rent, and others have not been able to pay staff. That is why former Acting General Secretary Jamil Chabouh and the Associate Secretaries implemented the Solidarity Fund in the early autumn of 2020.
The Fund encouraged donations from movements with more financial resources, so that funds could be given to movements most financially affected by COVID-19. It is a way for IFES staff and national movements to show solidarity to movements, to ensure that they could continue ministry beyond the pandemic. Combined with donations to the COVID-19 global response fund, these gifts have been vital to sustain ministry in multiple countries. For SULTAM Lesotho, a grant from the Solidarity Fund meant that they could reinstate staff workers who had been laid off and keep bread on their tables. It also meant that their daily office expenses for communication and electricity would be covered to keep administration running smoothly.
With these basic needs met by the Solidarity Fund, SULTAM could focus on ministry.
“With more hands in place we will be able to cover more campuses at a go. Therefore, ministerial goals will be achieved,”says Metsing Waza Moholane, a SULTAM staff worker.
Thanks to the grant, the movement was also able to put together a marriage seminar and coordinate graduates to conduct community outreach to kids. They also continued mentoring students in the Word of God.
This week, thank God for a fellowship of movements who work together to support student ministry around the world.
- Praise God for providing through the Solidarity Fund.
- Pray with us for the many movements who have suffered through financial struggle over the past year and ask God to continue to provide for them.
- Pray for SULTAM Lesotho, that God would open doors for finances and give them more financial partnerships. Pray also for their wisdom as they continue ministry during the pandemic.