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Lockdown: ECWA President Tasks Members of House Fellowship

By Ralph Madugu

The ECWA leadership has called on Christians not to allow t the coronavirus scourge discourage them but use the period of lockdowns to return to the joy of house fellowship churches as was the case with the early Church.

ECWA President-Rev. Stephen Panya Baba

ECWA President-Rev. Stephen Panya Baba

In a message to ECWA clergy and members worldwide, ECWA President, Rev. Stephen Panya Baba, said: “Owing to the nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, mass gatherings have been either scaled down substantially or out rightly banned.  This means that our normal Sunday worship services that normally involve mass gatherings of worshippers have been disrupted.

“While praying for divine intervention for this Coronavirus scourge to be contained and for normalcy to return, I wish to note that this should not be a cause for total frustration.

“Let us take advantage of this period to return to the joy of fellowship of house churches and operate just like the early churches operated.”

The cleric charged men to take their spiritual responsibilities more seriously, adding that they should lead their families in reading and studying the word of God.

Said he: “I call on especially the men to take their spiritual responsibilities much more seriously than ever before. They should as much as possible lead in the reading and study of the word of God and encouraging family members to devote ourselves to prayer and caring for one another. Husbands should pastor their families well.”

While encouraging pastors of local churches spiritually strengthen the various house churches and coordinate within the larger Local Church framework, Rev. Panya charged them to take care of families that were in dire need, especially widows and orphans.

“We should see ourselves in ECWA in the light of 1 Cor 12:28 and as one body, and to know that, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” Beyond ECWA, the Church of God is one and as our Lord Jesus said, we should help our neighbor, and by definition form the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37, our neighbor is anyone in need of our help.

“We should see ourselves in ECWA in the light of 1 Cor 12:28 and as one body, and to know that, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” Beyond ECWA, the Church of God is one and as our Lord Jesus said, we should help our neighbor, and by definition form the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37, our neighbor is anyone in need of our help.

“May the Lord raise among us as many Barnabas as possible so that at the end of this pandemic, we shall have as much as possible the testimony of the early Church as in Acts 4:34 which states that there were no needy persons among them,” he emphasized.

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