A must-read inspiring book for teachers

 

Times Of Zambia

Title: The Zambian project: The Story of Two Worlds Flipped Upside Down

Author: Chip Humber

Publisher: May 2012 Tyndale House Publishers Inc. Carol Stream IL 60188 USA

By: Samuel Temfwe-Undergraduate student Northrise University, Ndola.

The Zambia Project authored by Chip Huber the dean of student and engagement at Cornerstone University is a book that all students in high school in Zambia and those who mentor them must read. I especially urge student privileged enough to be attending private fee paying high schools and the teachers responsible to develop leadership skills to read this book.

This book is a must read for any person who is worried about HIV and AIDS, malaria and education for the vulnerable families. This book reminded me that there Zambia Project are few pleasures in life as rewarding as helping those in need to have hope for a better future. The book challenged me in so many ways and helped me see that I needed to allow Jesus to ruin my life if I was going to make a difference in the world around me.

The Zambian Project is a practical, inspirational and moving story about students in an upper class private school in the USA who choose to get involved to share not only the kingdom burdens and opportunities but also their resources with the people of Zambia at Zamtan, a community near Kitwe. I got gripped to this because this story happened in a community only 40 kilometres from where I stay.

As I read the book I was marvelled at how Mr. Huber was able to mobilize the student to take on a cause thousands of kilometres away from their home. The question that kept popping up to me was what does it take for a teacher to help students understand that the greatest issue of the day is not Face book, WhatsApp, text messages or athletics but malaria, orphans, education and HIV and AIDS. Chip’s success is his trust in God and in his conviction that God had called him and the students he mentors to be God’s agents of compassion and love. In the book you get to know Mr. Huber and his dedication to develop student in their spirituality and leadership as he constantly allows them to lead.

Earlier in the book as you read about $72,000 raised by students and donated to World Vision you also get to know Mr. Huber’s deep concern for the welfare of others.

He writes, “I could not help but dream of that day yet to come when we would be together to worship with our brothers and sisters from Zambia who will no longer be threatened by Aids and poverty, but instead will revel in the riches and glory of God for all eternity.” But you have to read the whole book to see how these students in the next several years raised $750,000 to help build a hospital, a school, a soccer field and provide thousands of mosquito nets in this community in my backyard. It was encouraging to read how hard those students worked to raise the money for the schoolhouse they saw in the world vision catalogue. One day the last day of the school while they were worshiping, God intervened and provided them with the money they needed and more. It just brings you to understand that if you continue to worship the Lord when things aren’t going your way he will reward you for your faithfulness.

Another exciting thing that came to mind while I was reading this book is that I’ve actually met Mr. Huber and have seen how he’s just a leader to the students he comes with on he’s annual visits to Zambia to serve with Jubilee Centre a Ndola based NGO. As I read I was able to visualize how Mr. Huber and his students engage in the work of the Lord through playing soccer with the young people in underserved communities of Chibuluma and in, Kawama and Mapalo in Ndola, I saw the joy in the youth eyes as they relate with their new friends from the USA.

Mr. Huber helped me realize that you don’t have to be a certain age to lead, you can lead wherever you are no matter what your age. God uses ordinary people for his work, Noah was an ordinary person and The Lord chose him. This book pushed me to believe in myself and know I have capabilities of being a leader. One of the statements Mr. Huber said in book got me smiling and reminded me particularly of my dad. It was among the dozen statements he has come to appreciate through the years he has been visiting Zambia. It was the statement, “Dance when the Spirit of God moves insides you”. My dad would be preaching at a church and he would just get into the zone as my brother Daniel would say, he would just start dancing and rejoicing I would begin to feel a bit embarrassed but I now know he dances because the Spirit of God tells Him to dance.

Mr. Huber in this book has demonstrated that a Christian school can give students an effective first rate education that inspires them to study hard and to have a heart to respond to the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of others around the world and our own neighbours. In the book you encounter stories of young people like us who responded to a call to global Christians to carry the burdens of others with great courage and effort and how their lives were changed by those they thought they went to help. The book ends with two voices. One from young people of Zambia to students from USA:

We want you to know that Africa…is full of courageous and talented and ambitious young people-many who love God deeply and have been praying with great faith that that they will be ones to change their villages, their countries, and their continents as they become new leaders who live with integrity, joy, vision and grace. We need you to believe that if you do something, you will change a life, perhaps my life, you will never, ever regret what you have done.

The other is a voice from USA students to their parents:

Don’t keep giving us stuff with the thoughts that it will fulfil us and make us happy. The more we get the harder it is to know what we should value most in life. The lives of children all over the globe matter just as much as our own. Just because we were born in a different location simply does not give us the right to have a chance to pursue our dreams while others do not.

After I finished reading the book I was left with the question: ’Where is my voice in these two voices? This frank and encouraging book is calling all teachers who mentor students in high school and colleges to be role models who will lead the next generation to help change our nation. I invite teachers who really care about leadership development and students who want to do something that matters in this world to read this book.