Jeff and Lou Ann Hawkins have partnered with Hope Builders Ministries facilitate pastoral training and disciple-making in Zambia/DRC and India and to raise support for these missions. Hope Builders Ministries Zambia (includes DRC) is comprised of a Zambian board of directors (10 Regional Leaders) and 30 Zambian district leaders overseeing more than 2300 indigenous pastors in training. These men are missionary pastors planting churches and making disciples in their own communities, involving many different people groups, cultures and languages.
Zambia is a large and diverse country the size of Texas, half the size of Europe and would cover the Southeastern part of the United States. It is home to almost 20 million souls speaking over 70 different languages according to the latest census. English is the official language used in government and schools and this helps to bridge the language barrier 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 work in India began in 2008 when Jeff Hawkins began to mentor Stephen Prasad online and then supporting him in 2010 with Grace Bible Church of TN. Then in 2013 Jeff was able to go to India and meet Stephen and Prabhu for the first time. These two country leaders (Stephan and Prabhu) are working in two states (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana – over 80 million souls) organizing 1 on 3 pastoral and disciple training which already touch the lives of nearly 4000 pastors and churches.
The GOAL and MISSION of this ministry is to “saturate Zambia and India with bible believing and teaching churches with trained pastors.”
Hope Builders Ministries motto:
“Rapidly Winning Communities for Christ through Indigenous Disciple Makers”
The Matthew 28 mission command is “make disciples” by:
GOING with the Gospel to everyone, everywhere, all the time.
BAPTIZING all who believe in Jesus, identifying them with the church, the body of Christ on earth, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
TEACHING them to obey the Word of God (all that Jesus taught), so that they can be growing and maturing disciples of Christ.
The ministry method God has given us to effectively obey this mandate is the HUB model of church planting and pastoral training that multiplies church planting, pastoral training and disciple making within the congregations.
The “One On Three” HUB Model
Jesus call His disciples early in His earthly ministry. He had many, many disciples. His closes disciples He called to be “Apostles.” Of the 12 Apostles THREE had a especially close relation with Jesus. They were Peter, James and John.
What we believe the Lord has directed us to do is to make disciples in Africa and India by training the pastors who will in turn plant churches and disciple new pastors who equip their churches to make disciples (2 Timothy 2:2). 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 indigenous African and Indian pastors who are instrumental in training as many as 40 new pastors and planting 40 new churches over the course of 7 years.
How Does It Work?
The Hub concept forms the basis upon which our entire Ministry operates as we serve rural communities in Africa and India. A Hub Leader is commissioned to disciple three other men who in turn (like their teacher) disciple three others. 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 the same material 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 have been 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 and make Christ followers of their congregations.
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 village churches as Bible classes are set up to train Disciple-Makers who continue to reach out to their community and neighboring communities 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 will be planted in the surrounding villages. Many of the pastors in training already have churches but have never received any Bible training and do not practice the mandate of Matthew 28:19-20. These are also invited to come into the disciple making structure. The HUB leader becomes the example and trainer. 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 the “HUB” of four studying together 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 and train others. 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 and existing churches having a trained pastor. Each Hub can 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 training program.
YOU can get involved by partnering with us in supporting the training of indigenous pastors, planting of new churches and making disciples of Jesus Christ. Your gift in any amount supports the equipping, encouraging and empowering of these indigenous pastors.
It costs $150 to support a District Leader recruiting, developing and overseeing 10 HUBS of pastors or $12,600 in 7 years. It is estimated to cost $50,800 (2014 IMB) to keep ONE western missionary on the field for ONE year. That does not include the cost and years to train and equip them to go.
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 24,000 pastors in Africa in the last 15 years. Over 5000 new churches have been planted in Zambia alone. There are 30 HUB Districts in Zambia overseeing 2200 of men training in the three year Bible curriculum provided by HBM. These Hub churches work across denominational barriers. HBM is not building a denominational kingdom but working with all evangelicals looking forward to the coming Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
God has raised up Hope Builders Ministries to come along side Indigenous Pastors who love the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word, the Bible and 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 to the glory of God until Jesus returns.
This is our Mission and Mandate.