Browse Month: March 2013

Monday Musings 25/03/13

Don & MJCurrent Trends in Pentecostalism…

I leave for Chipata, Zambia today with John Kerr and Victor Chanda.  Over the next two days, we will pour into pastors and church leaders on the topic of “Current Trends in Pentecostalism”.  Your prayers would be greatly appreciated.

During the week, I will keep you updated on FB and Twitter.

Yesterday, MJ and I were in a church in the mining town of Mufulira.   This is a community where alcohol and prostitution is rampant.  As a matter of fact, I competed with the noise coming from the local bar located just beside the church.  I was captured by the number of young people in the church and their heart for worship.  God, protect the youth of Zambia.  May the church love them into the Kingdom before alcohol and prostitution lures them to a promiscuous lifestyle.IMG_1899

Until next time…

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Monday Musings (special Wednesday edition) 20/03/13

Generational Unity…

planeHundreds of miles and multiple modes of transportation, in three different provinces of Zambia, have allowed RTC to minister to five hundred and twenty-six pastors and church leaders over the last two weeks.van

 

 

 

I am grateful for an incredible team of presenters who gave such positive insights into the timely and important subject of mentoring in Zambia.  Brian Rutten and Mamusha Fenta from Ethiopia modeled mentorship through their relationship that has spanned 21 years.  Harrison Sakala and I spoke into the life of Zambian pastors and leaders about the importance of positive, healthy mentoring relationships in this great country.

The bulk of the teaching can be summed up in these few words.  Mentoring is not so much about succession as it is a process.  We tend to mentor people in the hopes that they will succeed us in ministry some day.  True mentorship is based on natural relationships that allow us to learn from one another over a process of time.

mail.google.comOne of the highlights at each conference was what we called “Insaka” sessions.  Insaka, in the Bemba language, is a village custom where elders gather the people intergenerationally under a tree for a time of teaching, sharing together and learning from one another.  Our “insaka” sessions allowed for incredible times of interaction with the presenters, as well as district and national leaders who had gathered.

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Then there were the altar responses.  These times included everything from intergenerational prayer circles to the entire conference delegation surrounding the sanctuary and praying for the nation of Zambia!

Next week, John Kerr, Victor Chanda and I travel to the Eastern Province.  For two days we will conduct a conference called “Current Trends in Pentecostalism”.

Over the next three months, RTC will participate in leadership development in South Africa, Congo and Kenya.  I once again want to thank all of our supporters who make it possible for MJ and me to fulfill the role that we feel so strongly connected to.  Sound Biblical leadership principles that are poured into leaders will strengthen the church for greater spiritual impact in the days ahead.  Thank you for your financial and prayerful support!

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Until next time…

Don

www.reinventingthechurch.com

Monday Musings 11/03/13

Mentoring a Generation…

Our RTC “Mentoring a Generation” conferences are in full swing.

Today was a travel day from Mpika to Mansa, Zambia. The team had the privilege of driving the five hour journey with the newly elected leader of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God Zambia (PAOGZ), Robertson Nonde.

Tomorrow, we begin another two day conference, where we will present mentoring, not as a structured program, but as a natural outflow of relationships.

God has put an incredible team of presenters together. Brian Rutten and Mamusha Fenta from Ethiopia are sharing about the multiplication that is happening in their country through healthy mentoring relationships. Harrison Sakala, the former leader of the PAOGZ and myself, are challenging Zambian pastors and leaders to develop positive mentoring relationships that are unique to this country.

Here is what a few pastors and leaders said about the conference in Mpika:

“Mentoring is something I usually come across in my reading, but this time round it has been taught in the best way possible.”

“It has been a very informative and nourishing (in the Spirit) conference. I have learned how I can be a good father and mentor.”

“The conference has taught us to move a step further in terms of unity, love and harmony in our local churches.”

“The Mentoring a Generation conference has been an eye opening conference on the importance of relationships amongst leaders…God bless you for this wonderful topic.”

I wish you could have been with me as over 225 leaders joined hands in a circle at the close of our Mpika conference praying for generational unity in Zambia. It makes everything we do here on the Continent worth it when you see people praying for their nation.

Next Monday, I will give a full report of all three conferences. Don’t forget that you can follow the events as they unfold this week on FB or check out my Twitter account @dcmann50.

Until next Monday…

Don (from Mansa, Zambia)

www.reiventingthechurch.com

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Monday Musings 04/03/13

But God remembered Noah…

Yesterday, I had the privilege of preaching at Twatasha PAOGZ church in the Twatasha compound.

A few years ago, a team from Canada, including a very dear friend of mine, attended a Sunday morning service at this same church. At that time, the church roof consisted of pieces of cardboard nailed to the wood trusses. While the team was worshipping with the congregation, the rains began to fall and they found themselves dodging the water drops that kept falling on their heads through the cardboard roof. That morning, the team decided to raise money amongst themselves for a new roof. Within days it was installed.

Ironically, I preached on Noah yesterday, only this time the Twatasha PAOGZ “ark” had a steel roof. I reminded the people that in the midst of a corrupt and evil society, “God remembered Noah”. In the midst of a dark, lonely, smelly ark, “God remembered Noah”. The same God who remembered Noah in the ark, is the same God who remembers us today in the midst of our circumstances! It was a simple message, but one worth preaching again!!

As I worshipped with the people yesterday, I was reminded of the faithfulness of God in putting it on the heart of a group of Canadians to sacrificially give toward a new roof. Following the service, Pastor Chanda was still expressing his gratitude for the Canadians who helped. By the way, Twatasha in Bimba means “thank you”. So thank you to my dear friend and his teamates for providing a steel roof. Team work makes the dream work!

On another note, this week RTC is in the heart of its leadership training here in Zambia! Over the next four weeks, it is estimated that we will pour into five hundred plus pastors/church leaders in four different locations. I would appreciate your prayers as the team travels to the following locations.

March 8 & 9 – Mpika, Zambia
March 12 & 13 – Mansa, Zambia
March 15 & 16 – Livingstone, Zambia
March 26 & 27 – Chipata, Zambia

Please pray for safety as we travel many miles by road as well as air. Pray also for favour as the team, consisting of Brian Rutten and Mamusha Fenta (from Ethiopia), Harrison Sakala and myself (from Zambia) teach on “Mentoring a Generation” in three of the four locations. In the fourth location, another team consisting of John Kerr, Victor Chanda and myself will be teaching “Current Trends in Pentecostalism”.

I would appreciate you checking the RTC schedule at www.reinventingthechurch.com for a detailed look at upcoming conferences both in Africa and Canada.

Your prayers are appreciated!

Until next Monday…

Don

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