Pastor Covid 19

Dr. Rev. Joseph Nyamutera and Rev. Suzi Harriff

February 2021

This article is the fruit of long days of reflecting on my work as a pastor. I was challenged after listening to the struggles of many faith leaders in my area and abroad. I could not keep cool in my confinement after hearing the comments of members of congregations and those we can call the spectators of the church in this time of the Covid 19 pandemic. I am the kind of person who asked like the prophet Isaiah ‘Lord send me’ (Isaiah 6:8). I was worried that God’s people might come out of this curve without learning and becoming better. Paul talks about some who learn but they do not simply get it (2 Timothy 3:7).

In African cultures which are rather oral and communal, most of us are not used to meditation, long times of silence. We do not have journals to record our daily learning, we think it is a waste of good time that should be used in telling stories, singing and laughing with our families and friends. In so denying God the opportunity to speak to us, most of church leaders find themselves stuck in their spiritual journey and start to diminish like a bar of soap.