Devoted to Fellowship
Monday to Thursday afternoon, children come from different schools into the safe place of the Meetse a Bophelo centre. As they come, the AIDS Hope team aims to prepare a place of fellowship for them. Their fellowship always consists of eating, playing, worshiping together, reading the word (devotion) and doing homework.
In their recent time of devotion, the team introduced the idea of ‘fellowship’ to the children through Acts 2:42-47:
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
The children were then asked what they noticed in the passage. Many said that they noticed that the people had prayed together and had sold their belongings. The team then encouraged the children to think through four questions:
1. What is fellowship? 2. Why do we need fellowship? 3. Do we need a building for fellowship? 4. What do we need for fellowship?
After an open discussion, children were sent into small groups in their homework classes to discuss what was shared in more detail. Before starting homework, the grade 6-7 class learners discussed the four questions with their class teacher. “Fellowship is coming together and enjoying time together so that we don’t feel lonely. We don’t need a building for fellowship, we just need Christians,” they said. One of the learners went on to ask the teacher whether the discussion they were having could also be fellowship, which was exactly the case. In excitement and curiosity, learners continued to ask more and more questions. “When we are not talking about God we are actually just socializing,” added one learner. Smiling in agreement, the teacher concluded the discussion and said “We need each other for fellowship”.
At the end of the class, the team members present realized that the fellowship created through the discussion allowed the learners to be free to get to know God and what His Kingdom is all about. Moments like these encourage the AIDS Hope team to remain devoted to the word which says; “And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship,” Acts 2:42 – so that they could continue to bring hope through fellowship.