Greetings brothers and sisters!
HeartCry board member Anthony Mathenia, former HeartCry coordinator and missionary Sean Reece, and I departed for Africa early on the morning of the 14th in order to visit with a number of our missionaries here. Several plane rides later, we finally arrived in Lusaka, Zambia, on Tuesday the 15th.
Our time here has been very fruitful thus far. We had an organized meeting on Wednesday that included 13 of HeartCry’s 19 African missionaries (9 from Zambia, 2 from South Africa, 1 from Malawi, and 1 from Botswana), along with HeartCry partner Conrad Mbewe and several representatives from Kabwata Baptist Church, among others. Each of our missionaries was given time to share about themselves, their ministries, and their needs; and Bro. Anthony was able to give some direction and field a few questions from these ministers of the Gospel. It was truly a blessing to be a part of this meeting and to spend the whole day with these men. The fellowship among us all during our short visit together was wonderfully encouraging, as we were able to spend time with one another and invest in each other’s lives. Every time I leave the United States and am privileged to spend time with Christians from other nations, I find it so refreshing to be able to have with these men and women true immediate fellowship and a distinct sense of brotherhood – despite our many cultural, historical, and sometimes linguistic differences. The Gospel and Christian brotherhood transcend culture. What a beautiful reminder of the unity we share in Christ!
On Thursday, we visited two houses which were purchased by HeartCry for the purpose of accommodating KBC interns. Each of these interns are either already involved in the ministry (such as HeartCry missionary Kenneth Siwale) or are being trained and worked into the ministry. We spent the remainder of the day at KBC and with its leaders.
Today (Friday), we traveled about an hour to Kufue, another part of Lusaka, to visit Pastor Kennedy Sunkutu, a former HeartCry missionary. Having gone through the full due processes – which lasted about eight years – his church gained autonomy in 2011. It was a blessing to be able to spend time with this brother and hear of the work in Kufue that has come so far in its 14-year existence. After our time there, we returned to the central part of the city and met with Conrad Mbewe and several other brothers. We spent a couple hours discussing the exciting topics of the soon-to-be-opened African Christian University and especially the seminary/pastors’ college that will eventually be associated with it.
The Lord has evidently blessed our trip in a number of ways. Please remember us in your prayers as we finish the remainder of our time here in Zambia and as we travel on Monday to Ethiopia for a short visit to the brethren there.