My name is Kabwe Gift. I am 26 yrs old and the second born in a family of four boys. My father died when I was 10yrs old and from age 16-18 years I could not attend school because my mother was sick and we didn’t have the support to continue with our education. Shortly after my mother died in 2004 my church (New Hope Christian Church) put me on their monthly sponsorship program, which enabled me to complete high school in 2006. This program is done in partnership with Jubilee Centre
My pastor, Chris Mubanga saw my devotion and identified my gifts in teaching and worship. He gave me responsibilities as youth leader and a worship leader. In 2009 my church selected me to attend the “It Takes Courage” (ITC) training hosted by the Jubilee Centre in partnership with Willow Creek and Kerus Global Education of the USA.
The training confirmed God’s calling upon my life. I immediately put into practice what I learnt from ITC at the army residence where I was being kept by a Christian family. I reached out to a few young people with ITC training and the message spread like bush fire. In a short time there were 200 people per meeting. The Military Police got concerned thinking I was starting a youth rebellion and I was detained for two days. Realizing that I was in real trouble I had no option but to ask the military authorities to call Pastor Temfwe the Executive Director of Jubilee Centre and the host of ITC programme.
Thankfully it worked! Pastor Temfwe came and shared with them that ITC was not a ‘youth revolution against unemployment’ but an initiative to develop godly character in youth. Pastor Temfwe shared about ITC with one of the Army Chaplains and invited him to attend the next ITC training. The following year the Chaplain attended the conference and has continued to teach ITC to youths in the army community. After this ordeal I thought Pastor Temfwe was going to abandon me for making him go through such a humiliating situation. As we left the offices Pastor Temfwe looked at me and said, “Gift we are in this together, as long as you walk humbly with God be assured of my presence in your life.”
In 2010 Jubilee Centre contributed resources to help my church send me to Theological School in Lusaka. I am now a full time employee at Jubilee Centre serving as Child Development Officer. My work includes helping churches strengthen their AWANA programs, coaching the young people and families in the child sponsorship program and advocating for orphans’ education. I am also assistant pastor at New Hope Christian Church. As I negotiate the streets in George complex, Chibuluma, Chifubu, Kawama, Pamodzi, Nkwanzi and Mapalo the words of the apostle Paul ring in my ears, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”