With HeartCry’s support, Matthew completed the one-year pastoral internship program at Kabwata Baptist Church in December of 2013. In March of 2014, with the recommendation of KBC’s elders, he was sent out to plant a church in Chambishi, Zambia. It is with joy that we are now able to partner with him in this endeavor.
Testimony of Conversion
Before my conversion, I thought that I was a Christian because I was brought up in a Christian family. I was taught good morals, and I actively attended Sunday school and youth meetings. Consequently, this made me feel very comfortable and secure, and I even boasted that I was a Christian. This went on until 1996, when the Spirit convicted me of my sins and opened my eyes to see clearly that I was not a Christian, but rather, a person who was headed for destruction! This took place after I heard the Gospel preached from Romans 1:18-32 in a sermon titled, “The Wrath of God Towards the Ungodly.”
The message really sank into my heart, and it caused me to be restless for almost an entire week. Finally, after this week of anxiety, the Spirit of the Lord opened my eyes to the see my need of the Savior in my life. This came so strongly that I could not resist. I repented of my sin and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
Call to Ministry
The Lord bestowed the call to ministry upon me gradually. It began through some members of my church who noticed a call upon my life and started asking me questions about whether or not I had considered the Christian ministry. Up to that time I had never had a personal conviction or desire for the Christian ministry, but some of the brothers continued asking and encouraging me to think and pray seriously about the matter. In 2001, after contemplation and much prayer, the desire and burden for Christian ministry began to grow very strong. It grew so much in fact, that whenever I thought of doing something else, I had no peace of mind. This struggle lasted for almost two years. Then, in 2003, I finally set my heart on the Christian ministry, and I was filled with peace.