Stella is the wife of Marshal Kasongo, a church planter in Chipulukusu in Ndola, Zambia.
Iwas raised in a Pentecostal church, so my past understanding of conversion was based on speaking in tongues. At that time, when anyone showed this ability, I was certain that that person was saved; but these were false assumptions about what it means to be conformed to Christ. I lived like that, believing it was normal for people to possess that “gift.” Now, ever since I became reformed in my theology, my understanding has changed for the better. I began to think more clearly about the regenerate and the unregenerate. I began to see that the real gate of salvation comes by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8)––people being changed by the Word of God, not by what they feel. It took a long time for me to see true conversion, but once this understanding comes, it is a lifelong transformation and worthy of praise.
I have since seen true manifestations of conversion and gifting. One example is Mrs. Mercy Kalunba. She had no love for the church but was coming anyway as an obligation. Now she comes with the sense of belonging to Christ and being under His lordship! Also, I have witnessed the Lord touching one of my husband’s sisters, Mrs. Sophia Chanda. She was previously attending a local traditional church in our area, but now she has been saved, and her family is responding to the gospel eagerly. In her early days at our church, she confessed to me that she had never heard the Word of God as she does now, even though she spent many years in church. She is wonderfully converted and is now a member of our church.