“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…”
Jesus Christ is building His Church in Zambia
Driving to small villages in Zambia was pretty taxing on the sedan car, kindly lent to us for the Lord’s work.
The tar road became dirt, then very rough hard clay, seriously damaged by the late summer rains. We stopped to ask for directions to Kasolo Village, from those walking or cycling past – they showed us to carry on.
Pastor William Manda was very excited when he saw Cozmore and I drive up to him where he was waiting outside the state run clinic. We arrived on time for my Sunday morning preaching engagement at his village church of around 90 congregation members.
We were thrilled to see how the new church building was getting along. Our friends and ministry partners have helped tremendously with funds to support our struggling brothers and sisters to move forward with their church building project.
The brick walls are at roof height holding up the wooden roof trusses – and large metal gates have been installed to protect the few contents of the former bush church. Inside this large brick structure is the small thatch roof, held up by skew wooden poles cut from branches of local trees.
The congregation is very excited about how their new building is coming along.
After I preached on Matthew 18 ‘The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant’, Cozmore gave his testimony and explained how he was rejected and even beaten up at school because of ethnic hatred in his community. Living in Zimbabwe with foreign parents was difficult – he struggled with bitterness towards the local kids until experiencing the forgiveness that comes only from God!
A church building in a small African village does not get used a few hours a week as in many western nations. The church building often becomes the central base for not just Gospel outreach, but also discipleship, education and ministering to the suffering through food distribution. In some churches you’ll find mattresses on the floor at the back of the sanctuary, which are beds for orphans, or the poor, who would otherwise be on the streets.
Building a good solid building in Africa is part of the testimony of the body of Christ – it says, we are here to stay, we are here to help, we are conquering satan and we are taking dominion!!
This is true religion, the Bible tells us: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
After the church service Cozmore and I were served lunch made on a fire outside. Pastor William handed over a piece of paper with their accounting of the funds received for the church building, signed by three church elders as witnesses. This is the heart beat of the people God has led us to help!
Cozmore and I were blessed with two live doves and peanuts, amongst other food stuffs, as gifts from the congregation.
I was thrilled to encourage William, who does not receive a cent in financial support from the congregation, with more funds from our partners to bless him, and his congregation’s building efforts.
From Kasolo Cozmore and I moved on to visit and enjoy wonderful fellowship with missionary stalwarts, and ITMI ministry colleagues, Tim and Ashley Keller and their wonderful children in Kabwe.
The Lord is using Tim in a most strategic way – he ran a Biblical leadership training session for all the police officers in his precinct. Cozmore and I were honoured to meet the head chaplain with Tim.
Tim blessed Cozmore with a video projector to support his ministry in Zimbabwe – Cozmore was smiling from ear to ear and so were those he is reaching out to…
Watch this space and find out how your prayers and financial support are making a difference in the lives of Christian Zimbabweans, who we went to support after our visit to Zambia.
Charl van Wyk