One of the greatest needs of the Zambian youth is to discover their purpose of life. In a nation with such devastating youth unemployment and lack of wealth creation opportunities, most our youth have lost the desire to discover the life they were born to live. What is most important is that the church, to a large extent, is failing to challenge them in this regard.
Jubilee Centre’s answer to this is a four-series workshop over the course of the year to guide our young people on a journey that shall equip them with the tools to answer one of life’s most important questions: What am I here for? It’s our prayer that by the end of this series, they will know God’s purpose for their lives and understand the bigger picture and how all the pieces fit.
On the 11th of March, we held the first of the four workshops. It was opened by Pastor Lawrence who shared on Jesus’ passion and how his life can help us discover our own individual passions. The next speaker was Dr. Chibesakunda Chipepo, M.D. who shared her amazing story of God transforming her from being the lead abortion specialist in the country to helping lead Village of Hope (a home for orphans and vulnerable children).
Her two sessions on Discovering Your Passion & Keeping Your Passion Alive were interwoven with her own story which left the 100 young people in attendance wrecked because of her refreshing sincerity and vulnerability. One young person put it this way, “She is humble and authentic and her testimony shows the incredible reach of the hand of God.” She challenged the youth to be relentless with their pursuit for purity and in a nation plagued with corruption, it has never been more essential to raise the bar.
Abigail Temfwe, M.A. was the last speaker and she spoke on goal setting. She is an english teacher at and international school in Ndola and she shared the importance of setting S.M.A.R.T. goals as the youth plan for the future. She dwelt extensively on short and long term goals and the importance of continuous self-assessment.
As a pilot workshop, it was a good start. We underestimated the amount of work needed in the area of goal setting. Zambian youth aren’t being trained to think futuristically early enough and we hope that by the end of this year, their minds will be transformed and they will have a different approach to the relationship between passion and their career choices.