KAWAMBWA is the capital of the Luapula (WAH-POO-LA) Province of Zambia. It is beautiful country. Bill, Matthew and I traveled through it last May and were dazzled by the beautiful, lush country with rolling hills and lots of waterways. We drove through canopies of tree lined dirt roads for miles and miles. When we arrived in the city we were met by two young pastors, Ebeneezer Chali and Thomas Makanta. I first met these young men at a conference on the Copperbelt in September 2009. There they received their first set of training manuals for their new hub of 12 pastors to train. The course of study was Values of Christ and The Gospel and Acts.
My friend Steve Warren and I traveled to Kawambwa later that month in 2009 where we met and encouraged Ebeneezer and Thomas. God provided them with a new bicycle each. They were very happy with that gift as it enabled them to travel to the distant churches much easier, to plant new churches and to train new pastors.
Today March 28, 2012 I received their latest report on the work in Kawambwa. The original 12 pastors are now 75 pastors in training. 27 of these men will begin their studies in May when the new material is delivered.
The heart of Hope Builders Ministries is “Equipping Disciples to Make Disciples Who Make Disciples.” It is the biblical principle of 2 Timothy 2:2. Our pastors in training are in a course to study a 3 year Bible Curriculum under the tutelage of trained pastor. To graduate each pastor in training must make 3 disciples, a “Peter, James and John.” They will work with their disciple pastors to establish three new churches winning people to Christ in the villages they have chosen.
Church saturation is the goal. Remote areas that have had no gospel witness now have a growing Christian community being led by a trained pastor. The community of believers are taught to “make disciples” and in turn reach even deeper into the rural community. Many times a whole village or chiefdom are won to Christ and then neighboring villages.
Faithful churches and individuals in the United States partner with the Lord and the HUB Pastors in Zambia to make this possible. $300 per month supports the work that faithful men like Ebeneezer and Thomas to grow 12 churches with trained pastors into 75 in less than three years! By 2014 all of these will have completed their training and hundreds more will have come into training.
Each church averages over 100 souls!
Share this story with your church, small group or Sunday School class and sponsor a Hub. YOU will be a part of planting scores of churches and winning thousands of souls to Christ. In eternity you will have the JOY of meeting people that are there because you cared and shared in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.