A 5 day national training for church and community mobilization process facilitators has open in Jos. The training organized by Tearfund in collaboration with Methodist Diocese of Jos and the Nigerian Evangelical Mission Agency is taking place at the conference hall of CRUDAN in Sabo Barki, Jos.
The training which is packaged to acquaint participants with requisite knowledge to take appropriate actions in overcoming community and church related issues is part of the overall function of Tearfund development for the Church in Nigeria.
Country representative of Tearfund Nigeria, Paul Meshach said the purpose if the training is to strengthen the capacity of the church to respond to humanitarian crisis in the north eastern part of Nigeria which prompts the involvement of the Methodist Church and Nigeria Evangelical Mission Agency because of their wide network and structure in the embattle terrain.
In an address, the Anglican bishop of Bukuru Diocese pointed out that for the participants to impact on their communities; they should strive to turn biblical theoretical proclamation into practical demonstration as Jesus did when he fed 5000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.
Bishop Ibrahim Chindu of the Methodist Diocese of Jos, who described Methodist Church in northern Nigeria as having no missionary link, urged participants to take advantage of the training, advancing the Methodist gospel in the north.
Lead facilitator of the program, Ezekiel Choji while giving an overview of the training maintained that the process is in 2 phases which includes bible studies and the participatory evaluation process.
Abayomi Peter and Deaconess Esther Dauda are some of the participants who expressed optimism over the expected outcome of the training.
The national training of the Church and community mobilization process facilitators which kicked off Monday 20th November is expected to last till Friday 24th.