As I recall the Lord’s goodness to our partners in Africa over the last few months, I must joyfully conclude that God is at work, building His Kingdom and strengthening Christ’s Church. Reading through the missionaries’ reports month after month always reveals encouraging examples of Gospel ministers whose ministry is best equated with the strenuous, methodical work of a plow horse. It is a slow and steady breaking up of hardened soil for the sole purpose of planting seeds for a glorious Gospel harvest.
Dave Webster reports that Living Hope Baptist Church in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa is continuing to seek to exercise those basic, yet profound essentials of a local church: “continuing steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine, and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42). Though LHBC is a newly formed church plant, they have approximately 30 to 35 persons attending on Sunday mornings. Dave is preaching through Romans and seeking to set a strong Gospel foundation for this church to stand on. During the week, the church meets on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and they recently finished a study through 1 Timothy. Then, starting in May, Dave began teaching through Genesis, hoping to make it to chapter 12 before shifting gears to something else. Pray for this young church.
Furthermore, through Kabwata Baptist in Zambia, HeartCry may begin supporting another recent church plant in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Please pray for this.
Our brothers at Kabwata remain busy in the calling that the Lord has placed on them.
Pastor Conrad’s preaching schedule outside of Zambia has taken him from Romania to Brazil and several places in between. As a leader of not only his local church, but also the entire Zambian Reformed Baptist movement, Pastor Conrad remains in need of prayer and much grace to meet the constant demands on his schedule. Thankfully, the Lord has raised up extremely capable men around him to share the pastoral load with him.
Kabwata Baptist continues to pray about sending Victor Kenyense to Ethiopia at some point in the near future. Perhaps by the time you receive and read this magazine, more will be put in place regarding plans for this endeavor. The Zambians have always said that in order for the Muslim north of Africa to be reached, it is imperative that the Christian south move north to reach them. The prospect of KBC planting a church in Addis Ababa will be a step towards fulfilling this long-term vision.
At the end of August, the Zambian Reformed Baptists will once again host their annual Reformed Baptist Conference at Lusaka Baptist Church. Professor and author D. A. Carson and pastor Thabiti Anyabwile will be the keynote speakers for this year’s events. Voddie Baucham will be joining these men to preach the opening message. Pray for these men and those in attendance as they study around the theme: “The Christian Life: Finding Assurance and Fighting Temptation.”