Pastor Mbewe and his fellow elders at Kabwata Baptist Church are spearheading all our church-planting efforts in Zambia and throughout Africa.
Dear HeartCry Partners and Supporters: As we work together with HeartCry Missionary Society to further the cause of the gospel in Africa, the words of the apostle Paul come to mind:
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:3-5).
It is now about fifteen years since I first talked with brother Paul Washer and our hearts were united to start working together in planting churches across Zambia and Africa. At that time, we only had about two active church planters that our church was supporting and they had only recently been sent out.
Since then, largely through this strategic partnership, we have seen more than twenty churches planted in almost all the major population centers in Zambia and we are now spilling out into neighboring countries and even further across Africa. A number of these churches are now independent and running their own affairs under the Lordship of the Lord Jesus Christ.
What excites us about this partnership with HeartCry is that we are not simply multiplying churches. We are both convinced of the importance of doctrinally sound churches with a real gospel emphasis - churches that truly reflect the New Testament pattern. And that is where our mutual emphasis lies. I say again, that is what truly excites us.
More recently, HeartCry Missionary Society has begun to support our pastoral internship program. Through this, we are exposing men who want to go out and plant churches to our own church in all its dynamics. Many of them have been to Bible college, but they have never seen a church deliberately modeling itself after the New Testament pattern with members who are sold out to evangelism and missions. They did not think it was possible.
Pastoral interns have been streaming in from different parts of Zambia and from other countries like Botswana, Malawi, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and even from countries like Germany and Canada. Next year, we also expect interns from South Sudan and Kenya. This is crucial for our church-planting movement because these men need to see a model church functioning so that they know what to work towards as they launch out into church planting labors.
We know that our partnership with HeartCry Missionary Society has been made possible because God has moved your hearts to partner with them through prayer and financial giving. We do not take this for granted and want to thank you for your obedience to the Lord and for your generosity. Africa is in desperate need of strong pastoral ministries and strong churches. You are making that possible through your prayers and your giving. Thank you!
Naphtally and his wife Helida and their two children are laboring in Grace Baptist Church in Eldoret, in Kenya.
I write to express my sincere appreciation to God and to you through the HeartCry Missionary Society for the financial support that I and Grace Baptist Church of Eldoret have received very faithfully. This sacrificial support of grace has sustained me in the ministry.
The Apostle Paul was prepared for, and endured all manner of difficulties to the end that God’s elect would hear the gospel and so be saved (II Timothy 2:10). This is both my challenge and encouragement. I want to be like the apostle with the ultimate aim that sinners might be saved. But while ordinarily I would have suffered many needs and been limited in my ministry, yet God used HeartCry to meet my needs so that I have not experienced adverse sufferings in the course of preaching the gospel. I remain deeply grateful to the HeartCry Missionary Society.
Among many biblical expressions of God’s will for me, I will mention two: First, that I may be holy as He is holy, and second, that I may obediently preach the gospel that sinners may be saved. Once again, I am grateful to God for the part that HeartCry continues to play in standing for biblical truth and wanting this truth to be spread into all the world from our own “Jerusalem.” This vision of worldwide missions that HeartCry stands for is my passion as well.
The work in Eldoret has been slow, but right now we are engaged in a building project. If the Lord enables us to complete this project, or at least bring it to a usable level, then we will relocate the church ministries there and thus “go public.”
We are also making efforts to reach university and college students. We travel to these various institutions to meet the students and encourage them to come to our church meetings. I am very grateful to HeartCry for the kind and sacrificial gift of funds for the purchase of a newer and stronger vehicle. This will certainly help in trips to teach at the Kisumu Reformed School of Theology and the growing ministries around the country.
Finally, I am very grateful to you, Brother Paul Washer, for encouraging us in Kenya to see what we can do among the hundreds of thousands of refugees in our refugee camps from South Sudan, Somalia, Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi. While we knew of the need all along, we felt mesmerized and thought ourselves helpless. I am thankful to God that HeartCry is willing to stand with us and support us to reach these refugees with the gospel of grace that they might be saved.
May the Lord continue to bless everyone who supports HeartCry so that we can continue to preach the gospel of salvation.
Central Baptist Church began in 2004 with the help of Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia. Though Monametsi was a lay-leader as the church went through its initial stages, he was ordained to the ministry in July 2012 by Kabwata Baptist Church to serve as Central Baptist’s primary preaching pastor. Central Baptist is also overseeing two other church plants in Francistown and Orapa. Monametsi lives with his wife Tshoganetso and their four daughters and one nephew.
Dear Supporters of HeartCry: We always give thanks to God for the marvelous things that He continues to do in our midst through His gracious providence. In our life as a missionary family in Gaborone, Botswana, we count ourselves truly blessed of the Lord. We have enjoyed true brotherhood in the gospel with our partners, Kabwata Baptist Church in Zambia and HeartCry Missionary Society in the USA.
Since I quit my job in December 2013 to hold the church-planting plough with both hands, we have not lacked anything. Your support has always been sufficient, on time, and faithful. We are thankful that it is not financial support alone, because we know of our partners’ promise to pray for us. Through our blessed partnership in the gospel, your financial help continues to flow our way to cover the costs of our family and ministry in the following ways:
- Your support provides my salary and helps with my children’s school fees.
- You have provided half of my tuition and transportation costs to attend Christ Seminary in Polokwane, South Africa.
- In February, you sent $7000 for the purchase of a car, a very useful tool for ministry in Gabarone and Francistown, as well as traveling to school in South Africa each month.
- You purchased Bible Works 9, a very useful Bible study program for my study and sermon preparation, as well as other Bible materials for our church.
- Your support pays part of the rentals for our church meeting place, which we could never afford on our own.
I am pleased to write a personal note of appreciation for all the benefits that partnering with you has given me. Your financial support is ALWAYS timely. My family has NEVER gone without food. Our church has not lacked anything, and I am able to serve them devotedly. My ministry is constantly enabled because of your generous sacrificial giving. I have no excuse for failure to reach others and teach the gospel.
Your financial sacrifice gives impetus to our faithful preaching and teaching. It facilitates training, not only for myself, but also for developing leaders for the church in Botswana. We continue to see God save some, and many are reached, through the gospel that we preach. Yes, many are reached. While I know that God has called me to gospel ministry among my people, I count on you, my partners, for material and prayer support.
Curtis is a graduate of Kabwata Baptist Church’s pastoral internship program (2008). Along with his wife Fanny and their children, Curtis relocated to Kabanana, a poorer district in Lusaka, just days after graduation. After seven years of faithful and fruitful labor, Faith Baptist Church was established and became autonomous in April 2015.
I feel blessed and honored to have been given an opportunity to thank those who financially support HeartCry. Allow me to thank all those brethren who sacrificially give for the purpose of establishing local churches all over the world. My church and family are living testimonies of the great work you are involved in.
Kabanana Faith Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia was supported by HeartCry for almost nine years, from 2007 to March of 2015. Just recently, Kabwata Baptist Church weaned us off to autonomy. HeartCry has done so much for us to reach this point. Their commitment level has been remarkable.
Through your support, all financial restraints were taken care of and we have been able to concentrate on the ministry without worrying so much about finances. My family and I have never gone without food because we plunged into ministry work. We realize that without you wonderful saints giving sacrificially, HeartCry would not exist to partner with us.
May the good Lord continue to work through you all. Amen!
Marshal is a church planter sent from Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Ndola to plant Mapalo Reformed Baptist Church in Chipulukusu, Zambia, a neighborhood on the eastern part of Ndola. The work commenced in 2011 and is our first Bemba-speaking Baptist church plant in Zambia.
Dear Saints. I have been given this rare opportunity to convey my gratitude to all of you that have tirelessly been supporting me in ministry. I am very eager to express how your gifts have continued to be extremely helpful to me and my family as we minister among a poor community. Your partnership financially and prayerfully has been very encouraging. For this reason, the gospel is preached with a clear conscience and we have seen the people are responding. I am thankful to God for HeartCry and all the partners that have strengthened our hands in this work here in this part of Africa. May the good Lord continue blessing you for your faithfulness.
Brian is a church planter in Monze, Zambia and a graduate of Kabwata Baptist Church’s pastoral internship program (2011). Monze Baptist Church commenced in 2009 under the leadership of KBC when Brian was sent to this small town 180 kilometers away in the Southern Province of Zambia.
Dear Partners: I am writing to all of you who support HeartCry to express my personal appreciation for all that you have done so far and will do in the future. The active support that you continue to give has helped me and my family to be established in ministry here on the mission field. You enable me to concentrate on ministry and not worry about my pay at the end of the month.
Mission work needs a lot of support both spiritually and materially. For this reason, I want to mention that the support you have been giving has greatly helped the work here in Monze, Zambia. Monze has been a new and hard ground for the faith. So far we have been able to hold many of evangelistic meetings without struggling with finances because of the support we have received from you. These efforts have helped the church here to stabilize.
My family and I are grateful for your generosity, your trust, and your commitment to the work of missions. On behalf of our church family, I want to say thank you for your generous support and may God continue to bless you.
Mala is pastoring Antioch Baptist Church in Blantyre, Malawi. He was married on June 15, 2013 and is now joined by his wife Rachel in Blantyre.
Greetings in the name of our LORD Jesus: It is a great joy for me and my family to express our deepest gratitude for all the Lord’s blessings and encouragement we receive from you.
Our church is going through a very encouraging time as we are continuing to experience the Lord’s faithfulness in the salvation of souls. Indeed, He is building His church. We are thankful to be a part of what He is doing. In the last couple of months we have seen souls come to Christ, and have rejoiced to see them baptized and become part of the local body.
There is a growing hunger and desire to grow in grace and holiness within the congregation. Two of our serious church discipline cases this year ended in repentance and restoration. What a joy and comfort it was for our church and for me as a pastor.
We are busy with weekly pre-marital counseling sessions, for two weddings planned for the end of this year and the beginning of the next. The restoration of the marriage union in our culture is crucial to the witness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, so we are very excited to see the power of the gospel at work in the home.
All these things would not be possible if someone was not set apart to devote himself to prayer and the ministry of the word. Because of your faithful giving to the cause of the gospel, I am able to give myself entirely to prayer, study, preaching, counselling, evangelism, and organizing our translation team that works so tirelessly to put Puritan books and booklets into Chichewa, Malawi’s national language.
While we toil day and night in the word, we realize that there are others like you who toil in different ways. Your sacrificial giving to the work of evangelizing the nations enables pastors like me to put food on the table for our families, take care of our bills, and provide our congregation with a place to come together and hear God’s word.
While our bodily limitations might never allow myself, my family, or our congregation to thank you in person for the partnership that exists through HeartCry, the sovereign Lord in His providence is setting apart a people for Himself through our joint efforts for the glory of His name. Please be encouraged.
Bill is the pastor of Reconciliation Baptist Church in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. He is working in close association with HeartCry’s partners in Kenya.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: I greet you all in the most precious name of our great Redeemer Jesus Christ. My hope is that you are all doing well in the Lord.
In my own words, I want to thank you all for the support that you are rendering to HeartCry, as it exists to serve the work of Christ in the world. We are very much grateful to the Lord for you. Without your giving, beloved brethren, HeartCry would not exist to partner with us. Thank you! Please, allow me to briefly let you know how your giving is helping the work of Christ in Uganda.
First, HeartCry uses the resources you give them to support me and my family so that we can be in full time ministry. We can devote all of our time, the whole of our hearts, minds, and strength to the work of growing this church plant in Kampala, for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Second, I also use the support from your giving for public transport. Every Tuesday, I hold a Bible Study with a small church at another end of Kampala. This church sent us a “call for doctrinal help” after they had heard the teachings of brother Paul Washer online. From these Bible studies, we are looking forward to having a biblical sister church in Kampala, if it is the will of the Lord.
Finally, your giving also allows us each month to pay for our church rent; and this is a great blessing to us and those who are getting saved through our labors for Christ. Recently, our church was blessed with a nice projector from HeartCry, which is helping us a lot in preaching the gospel of salvation.
We love you so dearly in Christ and we will always pray for you. Thank you, and God bless you all.