Greetings in the name wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
I pray this newsletter finds you all well and strong. We are fine and the Lord has been so gracious to us and to the family. We thank God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for the opportunity He has given us to serve Him.
Work in Northern Zambia
It has been a while since you heard from us and I will try to fill you in on what has been going on. Last year, our Director gave us a green light to expand the work of Teen Missions to the northern part of Zambia. We started with the Bible school where I shifted there to construct it and three months later, the Bible school was opened and we have young people being trained who love the Lord and want to serve as full-time missionaries and pastors. Zambia is very open to the Gospel message and we want to reach as many people as we can with the Gospel message of Christ. Mr. Peter Salisbury was the founder of Teen Missions Zambia and in his honor, the Director wanted us to start a work Teen Missions near the place his father served in as a missionary when Mr. Peter Salisbury was young. I had the privilege to go and set up the work there. Months later, we started construction work up there and I was privileged to be leading a team of our members of staff and students there for two months. During that time, we were able to construct the house for our facilitators to live in and a Motorcycle Sunday School missionary to live in. We completed both and as I write, the Word of God is being preached and many are coming to the Lord. We are soon going to start registering the orphans in the area and offering them the much-needed help with school fees, medicines, agricultural assistance and above all spiritual mentoring. We have lots of kids orphaned by the Civil War in the neighboring DR Congo which is only about 30 to 40 miles away. We have lots of refugees from DR Congo in the area and they tell of their horrific journey to Zambia and how some lost both of their parents, or one as they escaped the war in their country. We will have the privilege to help many of these kids.
The area we are working in is next to a place called “Mununga” which is popularly known for witchcraft. Every Zambian knows this place because it is a stronghold for the forces of darkness. I thank God, through your partnership, we are able to take the Gospel to this area. I went back to Kabuta and we built four more shelters for our Sunday schools to meet in, plus the four we built during our first outing. I’m scheduled to go to Kabuta on the first of February, 2019, to construct more Sunday school shelters. We hope to have 14 shelters by the end of the year. With these, Sunday schools will be reaching out to thousands of people every week with the Gospel message. Keep us in your prayers, especially my family when I’m away from them for a long time.
Boot Camp Update
Decembers for us is the busiest month as it is Boot Camp month. We went up north, driving about seven hours to run the camp for the teens in that province. We had over 100 and over 68 kids gave their lives to Christ during Boot Camp. After two weeks, we sent them out to help various churches and while there, over 200 people came to know the Lord. We just got home on January 5, 2019.
The girls are grateful for your support towards their education. They just opened school the week of the 14th of January, 2019. Tehillah (Praise), our oldest daughter, is doing 11th grade. Chimwemwe (Joy), is doing 7th grade and she is looking forward to national examinations which are scheduled for October this year. Comfort, our youngest of the three girls, is doing first grade. The girls are excited about the opportunity to learn and are working hard. Last year, Comfort was awarded the best student in her grade. Chimwemwe (Joy) had distinctions in all her grades. Tehillah (Praise) had merits. We thank you for the help we got last year towards their fees. The support made it possible for the girls to continue in school. This year we are asking for help as the fees have been increased and now we need about $ 970 for the three of them. Any help towards meeting our goal will be highly appreciated.
We are grateful for your support that allows us to continue serving the Lord here in Zambia for the past 18 years since we joined Teen Missions as full-time missionaries. Looking back, I’m really grateful for what the Lord has accomplished through your partnership, and as I look forward, there is even greater things that awaits to be accomplished. We have enjoyed our ministry journey and we look forward to many more years of service to the Lord. We are grateful for all your support, both financially and in prayer. We are humbled by your support over the years. We know your support means us continuing to serve the Lord and that we will do until we drop dead. May God bless and keep you.
In Christ Service,
James 1:27 “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”