In 2020 we had our first conversations with Martin Charlesworth about Word Online. These conversations continued and today we are pleased to announce that Word Online is now part of The Relay Trust resource portfolio. We want to see Word Online develop further under The Relay Trust umbrella, and together we hope to reach a much wider audience.
Recent news about Ethiopia has been dominated by the civil war being waged in the north of the country between the government and Tigrayan rebels, but there is another story of rapidly growing churches in Africa’s second most populous country which I was able to experience first-hand on a recent visit. Of a population of some 110 million, 72 million are Christians, mainly Ethiopian Orthodox but with a rapidly growing minority of Evangelicals.
I (Moses Lincoln) can vividly recall my childhood days. I went to spend the Christmas holidays with my grandparents. I realized that almost everyone plunged themselves in the cool stream that flows by the village early in the morning on New Year’s Day.
Out of a population of some 12 million, 5 million South Sudanese belong to the Episcopal Church of South Sudan (ECSS) which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Since independence in 2011, South Sudan has suffered from a three-year civil war and endemic inter-communal violence along with frequent drought and flooding.
This month, we are going to focus on DECIBEL, which stands for Digitally Enhanced Community Based Learning and is the name we have given our approach to training. DECIBEL is developed to be easy to use and benefit from. Each DECIBEL course contains everything needed to set up a learning group in a church and go through the materials together without a subject matter expert present.
The use of technology has divided the waters in the Christian world. Some remain skeptical and conservative, while others are jumping into all the exciting opportunities technology offers without giving it a second thought. Of course, there are also many who are in between these two extremes, and today we see how technology is gradually being integrated in church services and mission activities all over the world.
Relay 200 is an ambitious twenty-year programme launched this year to provide the bishops of the 200 most impoverished dioceses in the Anglican Communion with the capacity to train grassroots leaders, often laity.
Christianity is growing across the world exponentially. Maybe we do not notice it in the West, where Christianity is gradually losing ground, but there are other parts of the world where we see exponential growth. Ordinary population growth is part of the reason, but it is also the result of effective evangelism, for it is never guaranteed that children of Christian parents will also grow up to be Christians themselves.
It is a joint relay race. We each contribute to the race so that we gradually get closer to the goal.
On April 19th, The Relay Trust welcomed Gabriela Cristofani into the London office for her first day as one of our team. As the Executive Assistant, Gabriela will largely be working with Mette Bjergbæk Klausen on the curriculum development and bringing her professional translator experience to standardizing the translation process of the materials between our teams.