Muchinga Province became the 10th province in Zambia when the government separated it out of the southern part of the Northern Province and the northern part of the Eastern Province. Muchinga Province consists of 6 districts: Mpika (largest in Zambia), Chinsali, Chama, Isoka, Mafinga and Nakonde.
Pastor James Bwalya is the HBM Zambia Regional Leader over this Province. In 2007 Pastor Solomon Muleya (Mpika District) recruited and trained Pastor Bwalya. Since that time these two brothers have trained literally hundreds of new pastors and have been instrumental in the planting of hundreds of new churches. Pastor Solomon is the HBMZ District Leader of Mpika.
The following is the September report from Pastor Bwalya.
My working with Hope Builders Ministries is a blessing from God. May God our creator bless the ministry in all what they are doing.
The work that has been done from 2007 to 2009 is that we (Pastors Muleya and Bwalya) had 18 students. Twelve out of this number have completed a three year course. These same students started opening churches in 2009 and had 10 disciples each (Pastor Bwalya became their leader and Pastor Muleya continued building Mpika District). The eleven Hubs opened are completing this year 2012 in December and they too will start teaching others.
This month I wanted to visit Isoka and Mafinga districts but unfortunately God did not allow me to go due to the fact that we had a funeral and sickness in our area. However, I and Vincent Mwila a District leader visited Mapampa and Ilondola Hubs. We went there to encourage the Hub leaders and their disciples. I also visited the Hubs in Chama district with Horris Malisa and Hub leader Donald Mvula. We encouraged the disciples to go and make other disciples before opening new churches. During this visit, we met a group that teaches people to have many wives (polygamist). This sect is called Chipangano (New Covenant) church. We felt very sorry for them and we preached the Gospel to them and 3 of their leaders submitted their lives to Jesus Christ. These 3 men have even invited us to be guest speakers at their convention meeting in October next month.
As looked at this area, I was touched in my spirit as there are no schools or hospitals and many children are left without proper parental guidance. I appeal to the ministry to help us start a pre-school or an orphanage in Chama district.
Regional Leader, Muchinga Province, Zambia
As I was a South African missionary in Africa, This kind of news Stregthens my own faith. I will pray for the ministries of Pastor James and Solomon and to eveyone in general in Zambia. At the moment I am in the city of Nanchong in China and I need the prayers of my brothers and sisters in Africa. May God be with you all and Know that I pray for you. Pieter Labuschagne, Nanchong, China.