Loving Your Neighbour in the Corona Pandemic
Written by Alex Bjergbæk Klausen

Join us, as we celebrate the first classes’ successful completion of the Bible course “Loving Your Neighbour in the Corona Pandemic”. The classes graduated from two different locations in Sierra Leone: Makeni and Port Loko. Sillah, our country coordinator, attended both ceremonies and brought greetings from the entire Relay Trust team.

The classes were trial testing both the course content and the delivery method. Based upon the feedback we received, the course has been adapted.

Loving Your Neighbour in the Corona Pandemic” is a five-session Bible course, originally developed by Timothy Leadership Training, which shares Bible-based knowledge about good virus-spreading prevention and motivates the participants to reflect on how they can reach out to their neighbours (near and far) with love and comfort during this pandemic time. The Bible course is delivered through WhatsApp in both English and French. Currently, the course is running in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Togo – and we expect more groups in even more countries to join in over the course of the next six months.

Our training facilitators in Cameroon, Djamina and Lorreta, are busy coordinating the activities through WhatsApp while relying on the effectiveness of the local team coordinators. Meanwhile, Mette is working on adjusting the storyboards for the upgraded version of the course.

Though the Bible course primarily focuses on personal reflections, it also encourages action. This means the reflections should lead the participants to prepare action plans, so they can help promote positive change. This approach is part of all future Relay Trust courses as we are developing training programmes to equip pastors. In this way, the Bible course also serves as a test case for future courses.

Please join us in prayers for those who have successfully completed the course, that they may share their knowledge about good prevention with their families, neighbours, and communities. Pray that the new groups launched in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Togo may find courage and strength to go through the course, so they can be an inspiration to others. Finally, pray for our training facilitators, who are responsible for following up on the different groups.