Gertrude is the wife of German Banda, a church planter in the poor district of John Laing in Lusaka, Zambia.
My heart is really encouraged that there are people around the world who are praying for me, my family, and our church. Church-planting is not easy work. We as a family are really thankful for what HeartCry has been doing to support us financially and in prayer.
I am grateful that our first-born son, Redson, came to know the Lord last year through the preaching of his father, German. Not only that, but I am also grateful for five others in our congregation who came to know the Lord and were baptized in November. Please pray for the spiritual growth of our son and these other five new believers.
I had a terrible time last year when I suffered from malaria. I was admitted in the hospital for a couple of weeks, but thankfully God healed me. I also had a severe backache which took a number of months to heal. Please pray for me and my family as we face different kinds of illnesses, trials, and hardships.
The ladies’ ministry has been a very difficult ministry in our congregation—mainly because very few are able to read their vernacular [native language] Bibles. This slows their spiritual growth. Also, many of their husbands are not Christians, so they do not have family devotions. We have about fourteen ladies in our ministry, and only three are able to read. Please pray that the Lord will help us provide literacy classes to teach these ladies how to read and write.
For the last two years, I have been reaching out to Mrs. Monica Phiri [real name withheld] with the gospel. She is a widow in her thirties who had refused to come to church ever since she was a child. I have been so happy to see her coming to church in the past months, though I do not know if she has been converted yet.
Two other ladies, Mrs. Zulu and Mrs. Banda, have left our church. We made some efforts as ladies to follow up with them; but we found out that, because of their poverty, they were attracted to the Pentecostal and charismatic churches—they are looking for money to feed their children. The possibility of losing ladies who are not yet saved is very high because of their poverty and the attractiveness of the false prosperity gospel. But I know that God has His people among us who will not be moved by anything. They will stand firm and persevere to the last day, despite being poor. We are grateful to the Lord that some of the ladies have been saved and are trying to live by faith. Please remember us in your prayers!