Because Namikango works with hundreds of churches, it is not uncommon for churches in conflict to approach Namikango for mediation. It is one of the things that my department handles, and there is a whole process for how problems are presented to us, how we respond, and how we sort them. Most disputes are somewhat minor, and do not require a lot of work from our side to help mediate. Others, however, are quite big and have a lengthy history. These more delicate problems are often entangled with cultural issues as well, leading to more nuanced mediations and solutions. The Education Department, however, are well trained in church unity, and our stance never waivers.
Needless to say, it has seemed in the last few months that more church issues have crept up. Several have been ongoing and problematic, requiring careful handling. Others have been explosive. Still others are flareups from old wounds inflicted years before. Yet no matter what the problem is, no matter how big or small, I am reminded that people are people, no matter where you are. The culture and language may be different, but we all wrestle with the same insecurities, the same fears, and the same desires. I am thankful that I am gifted with a competent team willing to face these issues and bring unity to the churches wherever possible.