I am back home after what felt like a very long month in East and West Africa. I am thankful for safe travel and for the many events that took place. One such event is the one I describe here:
Discipling Marketplace Leaders has partnered with RightNow Media, who produces the Work as Worship Retreat, in order to bring this opportunity to Africa. These are hosted like the Global Leadership Summit (GLS), if you are familiar with those, with recorded speakers from the actual live event in February, as well as local speakers.
We invited our DML country partners to host these retreats in their given contexts, and four of our partners were able to do so (for some of our partners it was not an option as the retreat is only in English). In Nigeria, they were able to host three events (Abuja, Kaduna, and Jos). In Cameroon, they were able to host two events (both in Yaounde) with more scheduled. In Kenya, they will be holding theirs at the end of June. And in Ghana, they were able to hold three (one in Sandema, one in Tamale, and one in Accra). I was able to help organize the one in Accra, which was fun for me. It was good to be a part of this maiden edition!
We made sure that after each speaker there was time for discussion, which was very important to allow the message to settle in better. Hearing the discussions about how to do our work as an act of worship, in very practical ways, was inspiring for many. Talking about what that looks like in our various contexts, with our various challenges, was helpful. People reported being encouraged, some rededicated their lives to Christ, some dedicated their work to the Lord, and there was good talk about next steps as well.
So many view worship as the songs that we sing on a church service. Remembering that worship is so much broader than that is critical. When we actively remember that the focus of our work is not on ourselves but rather to glorify God, and to help customers and employees flourish, it can change so much.
As this was our first year, we are thankful to have been able to hold nine such events and pray that next year there may be even more.
|The organizing team for the Work as Worship Retreat, Accra|
|Fanny, me, and Sister Afia: Three women passionate about getting this message out!|