An article of how Mission Cohort has grown since its birth in 2012, the article also include some of MC’s achievements
Mission Cohort is a grassroots movement of young students and young professionals, started by God Himself to assist His church to finish the work. Mission cohort was formed in 2012 and formalized in January 2013. The group has thus been involved in missions which are aimed at planting churches in un-entered areas by the Adventist Message which is the main aim of the existence of the group.
Since its inception, the group has been successful in carrying out evangelistic campaigns in the Free State and Mpumalanga. In carrying out these evangelistic campaigns the group has been working with the concerned conferences and churches to make possible the church planting vision in areas that have not heard about the Adventist Message. In doing so the group has dedicated its time focusing on two specific areas in the Free State (Arlington and Edenville) to make sure that there are churches planted. The journey in the areas has not been easy, having challenges of Bible workers staying for longer on the sites and mother churches not being able to visit the converts as frequent as they should or desire. Furthermore, the group has had financial challenges to maintain the Bible Workers as it depends on donations and monthly contributions by members of the group. However the hand of God has been evident and has shown and still shows that the work engaged in indeed is driven by God Himself. The Lord has been faithful through His faithful servants that have heeded the call when the group requested assistance to maintain Bible workers on the mission field.
The mission group has stationed dedicated Bible Workers in those mission fields who are making sure that the converts are nurtured and also those that God has been foreign, to get to know about Him and know Him. The testimonies from the mission fields are amazing and show that the work done is not in vain. The initiative has given birth to consistent converts in Arlington and Edenville of which some have been baptized. As the group was reaching out to people through Bible Studies it also has been reaching out to children less advantaged in those areas through tutoring programs which made some of the young people in these communities to become part of the church because of realizing that the group is not only concerned about their spiritual lives but also their well-being overall.
Furthermore, the mission group has also embarked on various programs to revive the missionary spirit of which some have been through conferences, which have proved to have revived the missionary spirit as some of the young people that have attended the conferences were challenged to start mission groups and be missionaries in their sphere of influence.
Through all these initiatives to bring the gospel to the dying South Africa and reviving missionary spirit among young Adventist and churches the Lord has also been merciful to allow the group to be recognized by Southern African Union of the Seventh-day Adventist as Supporting Ministry and what this means to the group is that- the group will be able to work in the mission field where the group was not known and it will be simpler to get sup-port from different conferences in South Africa and in Africa. Further-more, it will be easy to team up/ work with conferences to finish the work in South Africa and in Africa.
by Lesego Maruping