Monday Musings – 25/04/12
MJ and I return to Canada on Saturday after four months of ministry here in Zambia.
We came to Zambia in January with some specific goals in mind and will leave with a sense that the mission for this term has been accomplished.
Two hundred and thirty pastors/church leaders were trained in two different sets of seminars. The comments have been humbling and overwhelming. A pastor said: “It has highly impacted me in that it has opened my spiritual awareness”. I quote a church leader who said: “It has helped me to grow to another stage as a spiritual leader. One denominational leader said: “Immensely great tool …great organization”. The thing that we hear over and over again is the thanks expressed for providing a forum to discuss challenges that are not being addressed in the nation.
There were two firsts accomplished during this term. The first “Student Ministry Formation” at Trans-Africa Theological College (TTC). Three Wednesday chapels were designated as student ministry formation days. Following the chapel, four seasoned Zambian pastors mentored the student body in grade sensitive groups. The biggest complaint from the students was that the time was too short. Not a bad problem.
The second “first” was the development of the first ever Internet Café at TTC. MJ and I just hired the first café employee from the student body at the college. The students will return May 7th from spring break to a brand new internet café. Our only regret is that we will not be here to experience the thrill of the first day. It just means that we will have to have an official opening when we come back in August/September!
Finally, our second micro-enterprise project was launched yesterday. A school for orphans and vulnerable children, started in the home of a lady in Kabwe, Zambia, has grown from five students to two-hundred and twenty-five. The Kawama Church Women’s Club received a sewing machine and kit from RTC yesterday. This project has two goals. One, it will provide a sustainable business for the ladies of the sewing and knitting club. Secondly, they will use the machine to sew much-needed uniforms and jerseys for the pupils at Lufutuko Community School and other schools in the area.
We leave Zambia with a fulfilling sense of accomplishment. We return to Canada to face a busy three months of ministry that will have us crisscrossing the nation speaking at camps, pastor’s conferences and conducting pastor/board seminars. Already, we are preparing for our return to Zambia in August/September for another series of seminars that will include a trip to Uganda. Can’t wait!!!
MJ and I look forward to seeing many of you upon our return to Canada. Thank you for your ongoing readership support and the encouragement that you continue to pour out to us in so many ways!
Until next Monday (from Canada)…
Taking risks for Kingdom impact!