Brother Marshal is a church planter sent from Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Ndola to plant Mapalo Reformed Baptist Church in Chipulukusu, a neighborhood in the eastern area of Ndola. The work commenced in 2011 and is the first Bemba-speaking Reformed Baptist church plant in Zambia.
Islam is quickly gaining ground in our country of Zambia. Although we previously enjoyed many years with minimal Islamic activity, we are now confronted with serious Islamic growth that is gaining momentum and strength almost daily. There are now mosques all over Zambia. In our town of Ndola alone, there are at least eight mosques and several Islamic schools that have been established. What is even more disturbing is that even our local people now prefer to take their children to these Islamic schools, where Arabic is a required subject. The Muslim community is growing in number, due primarily to the wealth of the Islamic movement and their free handouts of food and clothing.
During my scheduled evangelistic outreaches, I have encountered Muslims who are now becoming very prominent in our community. They have reliably informed me that Muslim teachers from America, Uganda, and Nigeria are being invited to come and conduct question-and-answer crusades. They give out flyers, enticing all to attend, including pastors and politicians.
What concerns me the most is the extremely limited knowledge of the Word of God that exists among the professing Christians in our area. Many of the churches around us are caught up in the prosperity gospel and deliverance services. They give their time to these things, rather than listening to expository preaching and learning sound doctrine. Thus, they do not have the necessary biblical knowledge to resist the clever strategies of the Islamic teachers. A nearby school is now targeting the young people in order to promote an understanding of Islam among them and change their perception of its doctrine and history. This is a very serious matter for us and a great wake-up call for all the churches.
I have gathered this information from four Muslim men with whom the Lord providentially allowed me to share the Gospel. I praise God that one of them has responded and has now attended three worship services at our church. He has confessed that he has begun to understand the relationship between Adam and Christ. He also says that he understands the significance of Moses (Mussa) as a mediator and how he points to Christ as “the” Mediator. He was especially moved by the account of Moses lifting up the brass serpent in Numbers 21. He said that it was proof to him that everything in the Scriptures was written about Christ. Please pray for this man.