Join 2.5 billion Jesus followers in global Gospel campaign

Puno Selesho, Africa representative of the global Gospel initiative, Gather25

What if 2.5 billion Christians on Earth could be mobilised to share the Gospel?

That is the goal of Gather25, a global initiative to gather 2.5 billion Christ followers around the world on March 1 next year to pray, worship, repent, and mobilise believers to reach the 5.5 billion yet-to-be-saved people.

“Gather25 will span 25 hours [3am to 4am SA Standard Time], with participants uniting in homes, churches, and stadiums across the globe. It’s an extraordinary opportunity to come together in faith and purpose,” says Puno Selesho, Africa representative of the initiative, in a call on churches, ministries or organisations to register their interest now at this link.

“Later, you can decide how you’d like to participate — whether by hosting your own Gather group, attending a host site, or becoming an ambassador for the event,” says the Pretoria-based SA account manager for YouVersion, The Bible Project and Right Now Media, which are all partnering with Gather25.

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According to the Gather25 website (gather25.com). in 2022 US best-selling author and women’s discipleship movement leader Jennie Allen began wrestling with the question: “What if Jesus came back in 10 years?”

With 5.5 billion people on Earth who don’t know Jesus, she thought: “If we truly believed He was coming and coming soon, what would we do to reach them? What would the global Church be willing to do? Could 2.5 billion Christians on earth be mobilized to share the Gospel?”

With this renewed urgency and vision, Jennie assembled a team. Throughout 2023, this group began to dream about what a gathering of the global Church — every man, woman, and child who follows Jesus – could look like, and Gather25 was born.

Jennie’s vision was shared by many other Jesus followers across different streams and major partners began to step in.

“Gather25 is not just another event or church conference. The mission is critical. The vision is bold. And the necessity is clear: it will take all of us to bring Gather25 to life,” says the website.

Asked by Gateway News about her response to being appointed Africa representative for the initiative, Puno said: ” I was particularly excited to raise my hand for Gather25 because I believe that God has been yearning for His people for a while. He wants to bring them home, back into His presence, living according to the rhythms of the grace of His Kingdom.

“However, the ordinary Sunday gathering is no longer the main vehicle in which we are seeing people come to Christ. We need to be creative and enthusiastic in our approach to sharing the Gospel. The time is now!

“My verse of the year is Hebrews 10v24 — “Discover creative ways to encourage others and to motivate them toward acts of compassion, doing beautiful works as expressions of love.” I believe Gather25 embodies this. It is a catalyst for believers everywhere to evangelise in their areas of influence, inside and outside the four walls of the church.

“As a true millennial, I am passionate about the boundless potential of digital technology and Gather25 will be leveraging that to spread the vision and unite all 2.5 billion believers, going as far as translating the sessions in as many languages as we possibly can. I’m hoping the heart and vision of Gather25 will spark hope in Africa and spread like wildfire. The harvest is certainly plenty — so let’s gather and go!”

She urged Christians to follow, like and share the Africa campaign Instagram page ( @gather25africa) Instagram page where they will share updates, and to register their interest on gather25.com

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