TESTIMONY from Matthew Daka, HBM Zambia Administrator
During the time I have been working with Hope Builders Ministries Zambia, I have seen many things which the Lord has done here in partnership with HBM USA and local Indigenous pastors. Much of what I am going to share is based on growth of this ministry.
1. Discipleship and Pastoral Training
Hope Builders Ministry has now reached all the 10 provinces of Zambia. Western and Eastern provinces were the last 2 provinces to be reached. In Western province, I have met Bishop James Nswana who is based in Mongu which is the capital of the province. James has started training 3 pastors in Mungu who will train others and plant new 3 churches. Initially, James was ready to start with more than 20 pastors in this province but I had to ask him to choose 3 for a start. In Eastern province, Pastor Joseph Phiri who is our Regional leader in the Northern Province has opened hubs in Petauke, Chipata and Lundazi. The training of pastors in this province is going on well.
As HBMZ Administrator, I want to testify that the demand for enrollment of pastors who want to be trained has multiplied. I have been receiving requests from all the districts in Zambia from our pastors who are being asked to start receiving new pastors for training. Some churches in the villages are asking their pastors to train with HBMZ as they are not willing to be led by untrained pastors.
All the pastors who started training in 2012 and 2013 now have 3 disciples each in training. Apart from training their 3 men, these pastors are teaching the members of their congregation what they are learning. In some villages, even headmen have been converted and many people are being saved daily because of what HBMZ through these men are doing. I thank God for the wonderful training materials which our pastors are receiving from Hope Builders Ministries USA.
2. Church Planting and Bible Distribution
As a result many called out men being trained, I have seen and bear testimony to the multiplication of many Bible believing churches in all our districts. In Muchinga province for instance, Pastor Fighton Chilufya, one of the district leaders, has reported to me that more than 100 churches have been started. Brother Fighton is based in Mpika which is one of the largest districts in Zambia. Many people who live in these remote areas are so poor and their way of life is different from those who live in towns. HBMZ is focused to planting many Bible believing churches in these rural areas.
Our greatest challenge is Bibles for pastors who are being trained. Hope Builders Ministries USA has been helping us to give Bibles to the pastors who are being trained. However, I as the National Administrator, I have noted that the demand for Bibles is so huge. DONATE
During the month of June this year, Brother Jeff (HBM Zambia Coordinator) and 2 other American Brothers will be visiting us. We shall have Bible teaching Conferences in 3 provinces, namely, Central, Copperbelt and Northwestern. We also plan to give Bibles to our pastors but this depends on your support. Finally, I am asking for your prayers as we travel on our Zambian roads which are bad more especially in the remote areas.
Thank you so much for everything you have been doing in supporting us.
Pastor Matthew Daka,
(YOUR prayers and gifts are appreciated. GIVE HERE or mail check to HBM, P.O. Box 317, Greenwood, VA 22943 Designate HBMZambia)
3. Testimony From Kallen Musonda – Kitwe
Ever since I joined Hope Builders Ministries, my mind set has been changed and challenged for better. Before, I was limited to my local church and denomination only, but now I have been challenged through the training to think of all Zambia and even the world and look at the work of God on a much broader perspective, going beyond the 4 corners of the church and disciple people.
After the change in my perception of the work of God, the local church that God has given me the responsibility to pastor and oversee his people started growing spiritually and numerically. It is true Brothers, “you grow a pastor, and you grow a church.” The growth of a pastor is an increasing blessing to the local church and the Kingdom of God. Hope Builders Ministries will never make the local church go down; it will always make the work of God grow. Let us do our part, God is ready to do his part and the result will always be amazing.
Hope Builders Ministries Zambia is an indigenous ministry in Zambia with a mission to train pastors in the Word of God and provide biblical strategy to multiply disciples of Christ through the country and the world.
Hope Builders Ministries is partnered with HBMZ to provide resources (bible training, bibles, bicycles, motorcycles, business loans, Dignity Project support) to help them declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Zambia and neighboring countries.
Thank you for your SUPPORT and prayers!