May Update 2015
Greetings in the wonderful name of Jesus,
Back Home in Zambia, we went to my home Village in Queensland Australia, greeted the chief and visited the Home lands saw our relatives and family and loaded a couple of containers, shared in few churches, home groups and event nights. A huge thank you to all and everyone.
Back home and catching up with the team one by one it’s been good to hear how things are coming along. I was sitting with Misheck and his wife Margie hearing how things are going. As he was speaking I could her theme music for the A-team playing in my head with an over whelming desire to quote “I love it when plan comes together”.
Last year as ministry we sold a few things and bough a long fiber glass canoe to help drive some funds and or influence in the lukunga swamps a least reach area west of the city of kabwe. The process is simple preach the gospel, get people saved, disciple them and plant churches. No brains trust required there the challenge so we knew the where and the what, as with most things it’s the how.
As with nearly all missions it’s the funding to do it, it’s one thing to put together an outreach it’s another that sees week in week out on going discipleship that’s where the wheels usually fall of well in this case the canoe fill’s with water and sinks.
So Misheck and I have discussed and planned this over about two years learning the ins and outs of the area the trade etc. In short we have a canoe that we rent out that provides funds for ministry, plus the driving influence to go regularly and it’s working. Misheck also need to survive now going regularly he has learn a lot about trading fish this is helping him put food on the table and pay the bills.
The business is growing as some of the funds saved has help service and keep the old 1988 Nissan navar going and this week we buy our first two traditional wooden canoe’s though return is lower it does allow us tap the lower end of the market which has large customer base. I have enjoyed working with Misheck coaching him through the transition of transition of dependence of sponsorship and even getting peace that it ok to work in business and base it around the ministry.
Now the testimony
Misheck shared one statement which makes all worthwhile.
“It amazing they guys have been working with you can really see their lives change for God”.
That right there is what we are looking for, if one put 1000 to flight two 10,000 how great it is when a region that has been so absent of the Gospel see not only people saved but disciple and grow in God, I know that’s how we will see change that will last.
I do put out there as much as we are growing, there is nothing wrong with doing it fast and more effective. That where you can get involve and champion a champion. A wooden canoe cost 70 dollars and in peak season can return as much 15 dollars per week. A fiber canoe is 1600 and can return 200 a week it investments like these that change districts.