2012 Partners Insaka

Acting director of JC Mr Japo Mbetwa presenting at the Insaka

For the last four years Willow Creek Church and its partners in Zambia Jubilee Centre,, SCCP, Serve Zambia Foundation and SOBIA have come together for a time of refreshment, renewal and dreaming for the future. The partners “Insaka’ derives its name from a Bemba word meaning ‘let us discuss and resolve.’ This year the meeting was held at Protea hotels in Lusaka from 5th to 8th September and was represented by 30 participants from the partners.  Willow Creek was represented by John Forbes the international director of Justice and Compassion. Others in his team were Board Members Rob Johnson and Scott Dille. Also Willow Creek Country Directors for

Group activities for the partners

Zambia Pastor Kabwe Kabwe was the host. In attendance was Stella Kasirya who emphasized on the importance of M & E (Monitering and Evaluation), the Willow Creek Country Director for Malawi.

 

The gathering lived up to its Insaka name as partners shared on how the church was having an impact in the communities. It was refreshing to hear story after story of how the church filled with the Holy Spirit was demonstrating a spiritual

Programs manager for JC pastor Peter Mwakalombe speaking at the Insaka

energy and depth that was transforming individuals and community environment and culture.  Because we are growing to be a family that is sincere and transparent we were also able to rebuke, correct and encourage each other as we reviewed each others program activity. Seeds of Hope, Cure (Beit) and DACA made presentations on services they offer that can support the efforts of the partners.

There was a general feeling that the sprit of oneness prevailed during the Insaka conference.  Pastor Chris Chanda of Jubilee Centre, recommended that partners need to have their own Insaka meeting at a local level before the major one with Willow Creek.

JC representatives at the Insaka

One of the encouraging endeavors that were shared, was that to do with organizations making efforts toward helping its partners (churches) be more self-sustainable. The issue of farming inputs dispersed by Sobia to its beneficiaries and their positive attitude of using resources realized from the sale of the crop to rebuild their churches instead of relying on grants was very encouraging.

Overall, every participant was challenged to re-think on what is a transformed church, and to develop a vision in their organization that is worth living for.  In his concluding remarks John Forbes reminded the partners to continue building the capacity of communities through the local churches. Willow Creek is a church and it serves other churches that they bring Christian hope to the community. We all left the

place inspired, challenged and equipped with practical insights on how we can help strengthen and create a true link between heaven and earth in our community.  Our gratitude goes to Willow Creek for providing the resources for the Insaka, where we were allowed to come aside and look at what God is doing in our midst.  His name alone be glorified.