HIMAfrica is the ministry of Jeff and Lou Ann Hawkins partnered with Hope Builders Ministry in Zambia. Jeff is the country coordinator for this indigenous ministry. In 2010 HBMZambia was officially organized and is comprised of a Zambian board of directors and 22 Zambian district leaders overseeing more than 1500 indigenous Zambian pastors in training. These men are missionary pastors planting churches and making disciples in their own communities, involving many different cultures and languages.
Zambia is a large and diverse country. It is the size of Texas, that is half the size of Europe and would cover much of the Southeastern part of the United States. It is home to more than 13 million souls speaking over 70 different languages. English is the official language used in government and schools and this helps to bridge the language barrier to “English only” speaking people to the many different language groups. But most Africans are multilingual speaking 4 and more languages fluently. Zambian Christians are very capable to carry the Gospel to the other cultures and languages around them.
The GOAL and MISSION of this ministry is to “saturate Zambia with bible believing and teaching churches with trained pastors.”
Hope Builders Ministries desires to help the Zambian church fulfill the Great Commission to make disciples BY MAKING DISCIPLES.
Disciple making is our focus. The Matthew 28 mission statement is “make disciples” by going with the Gospel to the lost, baptizing the new believers into the local Church and continually teaching them the Word of God, to the ends of the earth to the end of time. The ministry method God has given us to effectively accomplish this mandate is the HUB model of church planting and pastoral training that multiplies church planting and pastoral training.
The HUB Model
What we believe the Lord has directed us to do is to make disciples in Africa (Zambia in HIMAfrica context) by training the pastors who will in turn plant churches and disciple new pastors. We do not see our ministry as one that establishes “mission stations” or “bible schools” with western missionaries.. Our mission center is a “HUB” church that becomes the “training center and bible school” led by an indigenous African pastor who will be instrumental in training as many as 40 new pastors and planting 40 new churches over the course of 7 years.
How Does It Work? Multiplication vs. Addition
The Hub concept forms the basis upon which our entire Ministry operates as we serve rural communities in Africa. A Hub Leader is commissioned to multiply himself in three other men. This discipling of three others begins within the first year of his own training. At the beginning of his second year of training he begins to teach what he has learned in his first year. This process multiplies itself as the new disciples will also begin training 3 disciples in their second year. By the time the first disciple finishes his 3 years of training he will be instrumental in the training of 39 other men. Working together with this ever growing circle of God-called men they evangelize villages and plant churches which these men will pastor.
Within the villages that are being evangelized discipleship groups are formed with the men and women, boys and girls that come to know Christ. These become the village churches as Bible classes are set up to train Disciple-Makers who continue to reach out to their community representing the Lord Jesus Christ to lost souls.
The Hub Leader is a believer who “duplicates” himself in the leaders identified to head the churches that are planted in the villages. Jesus said that the disciple will look like his teacher (Luke 6:40). Paul told the Thessalonian and Corinthian churches to “imitate him.” (see 1 Corinthians 4:6, 11:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2 Thessalonians 3:7, 9) The Word of God tells us that we should also imitate those who walked by faith before us in Hebrews 6:12 and to imitate our church leaders in Hebrews 13:7. Ultimately the goal is that we all imitate God (Ephesians 5:1). This is the disciple making model given to us in the New Testament.
The training process consists of regular classroom teaching and an apprenticeship style, hands-on, in service mentoring to ensure that the pastors-in-training are able to practically and effectively lead their churches. The curriculum used to train the Pastors consists of 12 manuals taking about three years to complete.
In this manner a Hub grows from the Hub Church to as many as 40 churches planted in villages within walking and bicycling distance of the Hub Church. On average each Hub will grow to serve between 4,000 and 10,000 members, depending upon the demography, over the seven year period it takes the leaders to complete the 3 phases of the training program.
YOU can get involved by partnering with us in supporting the training of pastors and planting of new churches. Your gift in any amount supports the discipling of these indigenous pastors.
It costs $300 a month to take a HUB through all three phases of the training or $25,200 in 7 years. Less than HALF what it costs to keep ONE western missionary on the field for ONE year.
HIMAfrica in partnership with Hope Builders Ministries is seeking partners in the USA to help train pastors and establish churches all over Zambia and Africa. We work alongside other Christian ministries and pastors in Africa to do this. In partnership with these ministries to date the Lord has used HBM to trained over 6000 pastors in Africa in 13 years. Over 1500 new churches have been planted in Zambia alone. There are 22 HUB Districts (10 hubs each) in Zambia overseeing hundreds of men in varying degrees of training. These Hub churches work across denominational barriers. There are over 1500 pastors in Zambia in Bible training using the Mini Bible College curriculum today.
God has raised up Hope Builders Ministries to come along side Indigenous Pastors who have a heart to be “disciple makers.” Hub Pastors are men who are not about themselves, but about obeying the mandate of Jesus Christ to “make disciples.” Jesus said, “I will build MY church…” Like Paul we help them to build upon the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are looking for indigenous men who will submit themselves to being trained in the Word of God and use the HUB model to plant churches and disciple other pastors to do the same.
This is our Mission and Mandate.