Dear Friends and Family,
Greetings from Zambia “the real Africa”. It is Easter Week and many are meditating on the awesome gift of hope and salvation given to us through Christ Jesus. It is our prayer that many who don’t know Jesus as Saviour will seek Him and receive Him during this special time of the year. It is amazing to think that He took the sins of the whole world upon Himself in death, so that we can be forgiven and serve Him with our lives.
The verse at the top of this letter is on our hearts, because the poor and the needy are everywhere you look. We have chosen three of these places to share with you brief updates.
This is our newest area and is still being developed. The pictures below are of the new shelters for the Circuit Riders to use for the ministry to the children. Oscar Chama has been working hard at building 12 shelters for classes where they teach Bible stories, phonics, and quizzing once a week at each shelter. This location is along the Congo border. The population is so dense that our meeting places are quite close to each other. The crowds are non-stop all along the roads as people move about from place to place. Many are refugees from the Congo. Some of the children are without one or both parents. People were all running away to escape being captured. Some actually saw their fathers shot before their eyes and had to keep on running to cross the border. So you can imagine the need for ministry in this area.
Richard and Mukuka Matalokoshi are overseeing this Rescue Unit. Mukuka told me last evening that the whole area around their Rescue Unit, not just our property, is referred to as Teen Missions. People who go to vote and have to give an address, write down their name and for a location put Teen Missions. When Richard and Mukuka went in to vote, they were asked, “Do all of these people live with you?” They had to explain their “no” answer. Also, bus drivers are now saying the next stop is Teen Missions. It is on their log as one of the destinations. The fruit and vegetable market (not run by us) along the tarred road near us is called, Teen Missions Market. I had to smile thinking the Light of Jesus must be shining brightly in the area. If so, to God be the Glory. Mukuka was sharing with me about a woman that she has coming almost every day for food. The lady is a bit insane and has been taken advantage of by men. Her house has only a door of wood that is propped up at night. She already has six children and is pregnant with another. It is a strain for Mukuka to help by giving food to her and her children so often, but she has so much compassion for them. Mukuka is teaching some of the girls to sew by hand, hoping to help them to sell things and get some money for their needs. In my mind, the facilitators of these Rescue Units are real heroes.
The Rescue Unit is run by Mike and Queen Monze. Queen was sharing with me about being asked to speak in a church ladies’ meeting just recently. She said that 43 women came forward to give their lives to Jesus. She led them in prayer to receive Jesus as their Saviour, and then many of them started to be delivered from demons. It was a spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit. They went home rejoicing and telling their friends and neighbors. So now people are coming on their own to see Queen at the Rescue Unit, sharing their many needs for prayer and praying also to be saved. This is a Muslim area so it is truly a work of God. So far there has not been any trouble in the homes from other family members. In fact, the wives are able to share with their husbands and they are listening to their wives’ testimonies. Also, Queen has a boy who comes with huge open sores on his legs. She is treating him, but is in need of gloves and bandages. Plus, she has children coming who carry dishes of food along to snack on, but in the dish are green caterpillars of a kind that Queen has never seen eaten in Zambia before this.
The Boot Camp started this past Saturday in this area. Oscar Chama is running it. I have not heard the count yet, but the camp will be filled with children from the Circuits, most of whom are orphans. We pray for this Boot Camp as it is remote and filled with challenges. Pray for good health for all. There is still much malaria. Many of those who live in villages are malnourished and do not have good immune systems.
God bless you and thank you. You are the best. We praise God for you. May the Lord meet all of your needs in Christ Jesus.
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:23
Thank you for joining your hands with ours,
In His Harvest,
Doug and Barb Petersen
Matt. 6:33 and Gal. 2:20