Dear Family and Friends,
Greetings to everyone. We trust that all went well for you and your families over the holidays. We had a great time, too, remembering the birth of our Savior, enjoying our family and celebrating our grandson’s wedding.
We are very anxious to get back to Zambia. Dental and medical visits meant we had to stay a bit longer than we planned. Our return date is March 8, 2018. So we have a few weeks left and are beginning to gather things to pack.
Back in Zambia
Oscar Chama and Thomas Kabwata, along with all of the other faithful staff, have worked hard to keep up with all the programs. The BMW (Bible School) finished their term and had their graduation ceremony during the Ndola Boot Camp. After Debrief, at the end of their projects, interviews were held and we added 14 new students reaching a total of 32. Boot Camps were held simultaneously in Ndola, Mansa and Solwezi. The Solwezi Boot Camp reported that they had 83 team members and 69 teen salvations half way through the Boot Camp. Many were saved at all of the Boot Camps, including the projects and during evangelism. We will be getting more reports and statistics soon from all three places.
There was a serious outbreak in the country—schools were closed, meeting in groups were discouraged, churches told to shorten the services, not shake hands or hug, etc. By God’s grace, we were able to finish the Boot Camps on schedule. But the BMW school had to delay their opening until the end of January. Officials have given the all clear now to Teen Missions to go ahead with our programs.
There has been a need for some time to open Bible schools at two other locations. The first one is in northern Zambia, north of the town of Mansa in the rural area where we have a Rescue Unit. There is no Bible school in a wide area at this place. The people have been asking for years for help and training. The other site is in the Lufwanyama area where Teen Missions in Zambia has done a lot of work. The specific place is called Wangibasha (wan-gi-bah-sha) where we have another Rescue Unit. This property is also being prepared for their BMW. We have had interns and staff working on clearing the land and preparing for the building of the school. During the Boot Camp projects, one team worked building the dorm for the students who will be coming. This building is under roof but still has to be finished.
Motorcycle Sunday Schools
They continued to run throughout the time of the Boot Camps. Here is just one report out of many.
Story from the Solwezi MSSM
Justine Yolamu is 15 years old. He and his family go to a cult church where they do not believe in the Word of God. The place where they meet is next to the location of our Sunday school. One day it happened that this boy was invited to come for Sunday school by his friends. That day we were teaching the story of Saul. This boy hated Christians because they were different from what his family believed in. He asked a question, “Did you say that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?” We said, “Yes, Jesus Christ is the son of God.” We explained to him about the love of God and that God loved this world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but will have everlasting life. So he said, “I and my family don’t believe in the Son of God. What can I do?” We said that you have to invite Him in your heart and accept Him to be your Lord and personal Savior. We led him to Christ and he accepted Jesus to be his Lord and personal Savior. He went home and told everybody what had happened. They too followed him and they also wanted Jesus in their lives. We lead them to Christ and they accepted Jesus to be their Lord and personal Savior. Now we are happy to report that the entire family has accepted Christ to be the Savior of their lives. Now they have found a Bible-believing church and they are going to church. Praise the Lord. Thank you for the support and love.
Thank you! We are so grateful to all of you, our faithful prayer warriors and supporters. You are the best! May the Lord bless you all; “ pressed down, shaken together, and running over.”
We ask for prayer for:
• Our continued health
• For many lives to be brought to Jesus
• Safety as we travel
• Success with the new proposed Bible School projects
Thank you again for joining your hands with ours as we labor together…
In His Harvest,
Doug and Barb Petersen
Matt. 6:33 Gal. 2:20