“I love my church. It is has been preparing me on how to come out of my poverty status,and change my circumstance” says John Chungu a youth leader of Apostolic Faith Mission in Lusaka. John is one of young people who have attended training in how to start business that help solve personal poverty. After he added the seminar that was conducted by Jubilee Centre the church recommended him for
Picture: John Chungu at his fish pond
an agriculture grant. With this grant John was able to start fish farming. Through the fish farming John was able to raise enough funds to help him go for driving lessons after which he got a public vehicle driver’s license. Today John is employed as a taxi driver and has continued to do fish farming.
In the last four years churches in JC network have been identifying individuals with skills in business and farming, which are then trained by JC and helped with either cash grants or farming implements. This initiative has helped close to 400 people so far.
John who is a 25 year old single, and lives in George Compound, Lusaka stated, “Three years ago, I would not conceive that God would use my local church to help me come out of extreme poverty and bring spiritual well-being.” He stated that his pastors’ preaching about working hard and dreaming coupled with training from Jubilee Centre has totally transformed him to start looking at himself being more than a conqueror in Christ.
Another person who has benefitted from the grant and training of Jubilee Centre, Abraham Phiri from Mapalo Bread of Life, stated, “Jubilee Centre is a servant of the church, helping us to be to committed followers of Christ, hard working and responsible citizens.”. Abraham, who is 24 years old, has been farming since he was 10 years, helping his parents. In the last three years Abraham has received instructions in farming and entrepreneurship. Last year he started vegetable gardens. From the sales he got from the vegetable gardens he planted maize seed early and harvested to sell and feed his family and is also now a regular tither.” Abraham attributed his change of life to the church’s teaching which is helping to think, to work hard and to be generous. . “Someone sacrificed to be what I’m today, it is now my time to pay back by helping someone,” concluded Abraham.
Picture: Abraham Phiri in his maize field
“John and Abraham are two young people whose lives have been transformed because of the church commitment to bringing the whole truth of the gospel. I am humbled that as Jubilee Centre we can be a gift to the church serving it to bring holistic hope” said Japo Mbetwa, the Acting Executive Director.
The Church Bring Hope to the Community
“We are grateful to the church in this community for the positive contribution they make to this clinic”, stated Mrs. Irene Biemba the sister in charge of Mapalo Clinic after the Reformed Church in Zambia Mapalo congregation cleaned the clinic on Women’s Day. Mrs. Biemba praised God for this faith in action that saw the maternity ward and other rooms cleaned.
On Youth Day, youths from Bread of Life in Mapalo went to the Police Station and the Local Court premises and cut the long grass which was a breeding ground for mosquitoes. After they completed the work they held a prayer rally at which they sought God for the peace and prosperity of their community. They prayed for more job and education opportunities and for a community free from HIV and AIDS infections. At the close of work, prayer and fellowship Pastor Chikoseleshi told the 40 youths that he was excited that they were putting faith into action. He testified to them, “God is answering your prayers. Two youths from our community are now studying in prestigious colleges and by the grace of God they will be interning in our schools in the community next term.” He further reminded them about the Kennedy Phiri soccer academy that is being supported by the churches in the Jubilee Centre network. The academy has loaned soccer players to the premier Zesco United and has sold a player to Nkana United. He stated that Kennedy who is handicapped is now running a successful academy which has received attention from Zambia national team soccer coach, Herve Renard. Further Kennedy is a committee member in the team that oversees the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Daniel Daka the Youth Coordinator responding to these exciting testimonies had this to say, “Since its inception Jubilee Centre’s ultimate goal is to help the church win the next generation. I am so happy that our investment in leadership training through It Takes Courage Curriculum, responsible citizenship, educational support and great commission is bearing fruit. It is my prayer that churches in each community throughout the nation will work together and address local community needs. Because really the church is the hope of our community”
Edith Receives Training in Support Group Mobilization
Edith Charma, a church member at Jehovah Jire Church was one of the people who attended a workshop on how to run an effective support group at a local church that was recently held at Christian King’s church.
Edith shared, “The workshop has helped me to see an opportunity available to start an HIV and AIDS support group at my church that will bring freedom to Christians who are bound with mental stigmatization because of infection.” The workshop that focused on responding to HIV and AIDS more effectively attracted 60 people of which 45 were infected. Edith was encouraged to see so many people who are infected and are living their life to the full because of the freedom they have in Christ.
Picture: Edith Charma
She learned how to accept herself and her situation and how to live positively in Christ. She also appreciated the importance of meeting regularly together with other people who are in similar situations. “I do not know why I have been carrying this burden of infection alone, when there are so many wonderful people in my community who are willing to help lift my burden. God is indeed good” she said. Edith promised that she was going to start a support group as soon as her pastor gives her the go ahead.
UMOJA training workshop
“Thank you so march for encouraging me to attend UMOJA which has brought transformation in my life and my church” wrote Pastor Bitwell Njovu from Lusaka network churches after attending the UMOJA workshop in Mumbwa. UMOJA is a ministry that focuses on mobilizing churches to work together in addressing the needs using their own resources. Three of the church leaders in the JC networks who have successfully completed the JC Transformation Course have now been recommended to participate in UMOJA with view to strengthen this concept. Pastor Phiri of Apostle Revival, Rev, Singoyi of Christian Bible church and Pastor Njovu of Baptist Church recently attended the third phase of the training that focused on them being trainers in how to identify and mobilize resources for community transformation.
Picture: Pastor Singoyi giving devotion at the UMOJA/CCMP workshop
During this workshop they were also able to give reports back on the trainings that had already been carried out, of which, 30 church members and leaders had been envisioned on the Umoja concept so far from the 3 communities, Mapalo, George and Chifubu. Charles Mumbi, one of the attendants of these trainings used some of teachings of using surrounding resources to improve his gardening technique. He used the droppings of his chickens in his vegetable garden and reduced on the amount he was spending on fertilizer.
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