Inductive Bible Study Methods

May 2016 Pastors Conference in Zambia
Teaching Inductive Bible Study Methods

Training the indigenous pastors is the heart and mission of Hope Builders Ministries Zambia. Jeff Hawkins (Hope Builders Ministries USA) organized a Bible Study Methods seminar for May 22-28. 48 first and second level leaders from HBMZ gathered in Musenga outside of Chingola, Zambia for 4 days of study. Pastor Dan Finfrock with Intensive Care Ministries was our guest speaker and trainer.

The men were generally overwhelmed with the amount of information given to properly study the Word. This, however, also opened the door for a deeper awareness of the need to study the Word Inductively. HBM and HBMZ has always taught the importance of Inductive Bible Study Methods but this is the first intentional and in depth seminar on “HOW” to do that. It is our desire to make this an integral part of the 3 year curriculum for all the pastoral students.

Thank you for praying with us and for us as we partner with Indigenous Missions in Africa training pastors in the Word of God.
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Zambia Pastor Training

Pastor Titus Shampande and rural Solwezi HUB

Pastor Titus Shampande and rural Solwezi HUB

In June Pastor Jeff Hawkins, Pastor Steven Slater and Travis Milner will be joining the HBMZambia team training pastors in 6 conferences in the Central, Copperbelt and Northwestern Provinces. We are expecting 400 to 600 rural pastors to attend. The teachings will focus on the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, His life and ministry from His birth to His ascension and what it means to our salvation and our daily lives.

This will be a 4 week trip and cover about 2000 miles. The teaching team will live with the pastors during each of the 6 conferences.

Zambia is a developing country that continues to struggle with the averse effects of poverty and corruption. 86% of the population of over 13 million souls live below the poverty line. Over a third of the children are malnourished and 40% do not have access to clean water and proper sanitation. This is especially true in the rural areas. Education is improving but it is thought that upwards of 90% of the rural population (65% of the people) are illiterate. Many sicknesses still plague the country from malaria and cholera to AIDS.

HUB Conference and Bible DistributionZambia is also a very “Christian” country. It is strategically located in the center of Sub-Sahara Africa and landlocked between 8 other countries. Some reports have Zambia listed as 87% Christian. From my personal experience I do not see this, but Christianity does have a huge impact on this country. 25% of the Christians are considered to be evangelical. BUT the great need is Bible training. “Christian” cults like the New Apostolic Church abound. False teaching is prevalent with most congregations being influence by the “Prosperity Gospel.” Many are preaching false gospels and motivate by money and selfishness.

Because of the lack of good Bible training superficiality and ignorance abound in the church. “Too few know the Word of God and how to live the Christian life.”

Zambia District LeadersThis is why Hope Builders Ministries has partnered with indigenous pastors to form Hope Builders Ministries Zambia. This indigenous led ministry has a vision to “saturate Zambia with Bible believing churches who have trained pastors.” Since 2007 HBM has shepherded the training of thousands of pastors and helped plant over 2000 new churches. HBMZambia has now taken the lead in training more pastors and planting more churches. Over 1500 pastors are being trained in a discipleship model by fellow pastors who have received the 3 year bible training from HBM.

Teaching the Word

Teaching the Word

HIMAfrica/Jeff Hawkins has partnered with HBMZ to provide the resources their pastors need for Bible training and ministry. The Bible Conferences are supplemental training and an encouragement to the brothers who are thankful for the help from their American brothers and sisters.

We are asking God to provide $15,000 to fund the pastor conferences in June and purchase 600 study Bibles for the attendees.  Give here or mail to Hope Builders Ministries, POBox 317, Greenwood, VA 22943

You can contact Jeff@HIMAfrica.com for more information. Jeff is available to speak in your church or small group by appointment.

Why Support Indigenous Missionaries?

Following Christ

Following Christ

Partnering with indigenous ministries in Africa and India just makes sense.

When you support a Zambian or Indian missionary you have saved time, money and SOULS!

TIME is saved because these missionaries already know the language and the culture of their native country. They have a built in understanding of their people both culturally and linguistically. The average western missionary must spend years preparing to go (language studies and building support) and once on the field it takes MANY years to truly learn the culture and communicate relevantly. Over 60% of western missionaries do not return to the field after their first “furlough” meaning everything has to start over.

MONEY: It costs over $500,000 dollars to train, equip, move and keep a western missionary/family on the field for 4 (FOUR) years! The whole process takes at least 6 years. AND this does not include the cost of “doing” ministry on the field. Native missionaries already live in the economy of their culture. There is no moving, language studies or abnormal costs of living. Unlike the western missionary they live at the same standard of living as their fellows. For a fraction of the cost ($21,000 over 6 years) 40 native pastors can be trained and equipped in the Word of God and they stay on the field all their lives. IF we apply the western standard to the native church most of those who do leave home to study and prepare do not return to their rural setting but gravitate to the comfort of the city where most “missions” tend to take place. (Not that there is not a need, but there are already an abundance of native and foreign missionaries living there.)

Missions trips also known as “short-term” missions are very expensive. Many well intentioned believers spend multiple thousands of dollars to go on a mission’s trip for a few weeks. This same amount of money could support scores and even hundreds of native missionaries already on the field and working but without many needed resources.

Mazabuka, Zambia HUB Pastors

Mazabuka, Zambia HUB Pastors

SOULS: A HUB of 40 missionary pastors will win thousands of people to Christ, starting many new bible preaching, Gospel believing churches in their communities. It is amazing to see and experience the growth of the church in Africa and India. God is bringing in a GREAT Harvest of Souls through the ministry of the African and Indian Indigenous Church. Because of the cultural and language barriers a foreign missionary may win a few hundred people to Christ and plant a church or maybe two, but most do not last when the missionary departs (actual statistics).

CALL TO ACTION!
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the BRETHREN. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his BROTHER in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. (1Jn 3:16-18)

Motorcycle for Pastor overseeing the training of 10 HUB pastors (400 men total).

Motorcycle for Pastor overseeing the training of 10 HUB pastors (400 men total).

A CHURCH or individual can sponsor a HUB of native missionary pastors for $300 a month. In 6 years this HUB can grow into 40 trained pastors and 40 Gospel Churches with THOUSANDS of new souls serving Christ and becoming Disciples. NOW that is  FRUIT which can be shared in the DAY of Visitation! Many will gather around the Throne of God with thousands of their brethren they had a part in coming to Christ.

The Mission Paradigm has changed. Many places do not need foreign missionaries, but they do need their fellow Christians in the western world to partner with them. The Apostle Paul collected gifts from the Gentile church to take to the poor church in Palestine. A few went to distribute the funds and give accountability to the project, but there were no missionaries sent to Israel. There were plenty of Christians there, even Apostles. They needed material help. This is the case in most countries around the world. The Church of our Lord Jesus Christ is well established, but it is poor. It is not leaderless. (The Lord Jesus Himself “gave some to be “leaders” and the Holy Spirit gives the different gifts of leadership as He see fit.) The leaders there need help to train more leaders. They need Bibles and training materials. They can use bicycles and motorcycles to help them to cover more territory in places that do not have adequate roads. They need a bit of financial support to help them facilitate ministry.

Pastors Conference in India

Pastors Conference in India

HIMAfrica and HIMIndia has partnered with Hope Builders Ministries to provide the link between the American Church and the Church in Africa and India. With your partnership literally thousands of believers can be trained and equipped to take the Gospel to their own people in a very short amount of time with a loving and strategic investment on your part.

Join us today. There will be much to “boast” about in the Kingdom that is coming if you do.

Philippians 2:16  Hold firmly to the message of life. Then I can boast in the DAY of Christ that I didn’t run in vain or labor for nothing.

Adventures in Zambia

The following is the report from the HBMZ administrator Matthew Daka concerning their 800 mile round trip to Mansa to deliver training material and encourage the  Hub pastors.
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We started our journey to Mansa at 7 o’clock am on Good Friday the 29th March 2013. I was accompanied by Brother Sinoya Sakala and my brother Stephen who was our driver. We put a full tank of fuel at the filling station and topped up the brake fluid. The cost of the fuel was K 465 ($93). Passing through Kapri Mposhi we followed great north road toward Serenje.  Mansa trip adventure 004We rested there and had our lunch. We also checked the vehicle and all seemed okay. About half way along Tuta road (Serenje to Mansa) we had our first tire burst in front on the right side of the vehicle. Sakala and I were frightened by the noise of the tire burst as the vehicle was now dragging on the right side of the road. Thank God because my brother did not step on the brakes but concentrated on controlling the steeling. Finally the car stopped on the right side 0f the road and we came off safely praising the Lord for saving us. The front fender was slightly damaged and the right side mirror had been broken by the peeled off rubber from the wheel.

Mansa trip adventure 005We took the spare wheel and fitted it to the car. We also did some inspection on the remaining tires but the temperature was normal. After completing the replacement of the spare wheel, we started off and drove for less than 10 minutes and we heard another bang on the front tire. This time it was easy for my brother to control the car as we were driving at about 60kpm (35mph). I decided that Brother Sinoya and Stephen remain at the scene to watch for the vehicle while I travel to Samfya to look for Mansa trip adventure 001spare tires.

I was given a lift by a Good Samaritan on his way to Mansa. While I was in this vehicle on the way to Samfya turn off, we had a tire burst at the rear too! Thank God that they too had a spare wheel which they quickly fitted and we started off on our journey. When we arrived Samfya turn off, I caught another car which took me to Samfya. Since it was a holiday, many shops were closed but I managed to find one which was open and they had the 16 inch tires though they were not the right size as the ones on the vehicle. I bought two new tires $280 and fitted one on the wheel which I had come with.

I took a cab back to the turn off (Samfya/Mansa). Once there I found a mini bus going to Lusaka and I boarded it. It was at about 8:40 PM when I reached our vehicle with Sakala and Stephen. We fitted the wheel onto the car and we drove slowly to Mansa. We arrived at Happy’s, my brother in-law, at midnight.

Mansa trip adventure 028The following morning, I told my brother Stephen to make another spare wheel with the tire that I bought in Samfya while Sakala and I went to meet the pastors from Lubwe who we asked to come to Mansa. We met the men in town and went Kaluba’s place were the rest of the men were waiting for us and started our meeting with a prayer. I spoke to the pastors on the need to communicate to us after which I explained to them about the hub model. Also Sinoya encouraged the men and shared the vision of HBMZ. After encouraging the brothers, we gave them 3 sets of training manuals. The following are the books which we gave them: – Old Testament part 3, Values of Christ and Gospel and Acts. Two brothers came from Lubwe and after the meeting; we reimbursed them the transport money they had used. We finally had some snacks with the men and left them after a word of prayer.

When we finished we went to Happy’s home and found Stephen had made a spare wheel for the vehicle. He put the new tires in front which were the same size so that the car is balanced. We spent the night with Happy and his family. Early in the morning we left Mansa on our way back to Lusaka using the DRC route which is shorter as we were told that the road has been graded. We crossed into DRCongo and did all the border formalities. The road was bad in some portions, but we had a safe trip and entered Zambia again through the Kasumbalesa border post.

When we crossed over, we decided to meet Robinson Muzeya in Murundu, since he is very near the border. We found him and had a time of fellowship with him. I collected some French manuals which I intend to give to DL Mulenga Nkole so that he can give them to Pst. Makopo (DRC) whenever he asks for the copies. We left Robinson and passed through Mufulira taking the shortest route to Ndola. It was on this road that we had our third tire burst at the rear on the left side. We stopped safely as we were driving slowly and replaced the tire with the spare wheel. When we reached Ndola, I decided that we cannot proceed to Lusaka without a spare wheel. So we had to buy a used tire at K270 ($52) and made a spare wheel.

We finally reached Lusaka safely. The following day I took the car to our friend and mechanic Frank who looked at it and he fixed the fender. What remains is to look for the front right side mirror and fix it. Frank also reminded us that when we get a car from Japan, we need to replace all the tires as these are exposed to the sun and having passed through salt water in the ocean.

Pastor Matthew Daka

Pastor Matthew Daka

Passing through this experience the Lord showed us what needed to be done to the car and kept us safe. I am once again grateful to you our Brothers and Sisters in the US for your prayers. Indeed you are our true friends and partners in this noble work of our King Jesus of bringing many souls to His Kingdom.  God bless you all.

Reporting,

Pastor Matthew Daka

HBMZ Administrator Zambia

Bible Blessings in Zambia

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Last November I was joined by my dear friend and partner in ministry Pastor Keith Walsworth in Zambia. We spent a month working with Hope Builders Ministry Zambia sharing the Word of God and ministering to ministers of the Gospel. One of the joys was to not only share in teaching the Word but also giving the Written Word to our brothers. Many, and I can say most, of the men we serve in Zambia do not have the means to own a good study Bible let alone study in a Bible School. Hope Builders Ministries in the USA provide a three year Bible curriculum to pastors, a program to train them and also Bibles for them to use in their studies.

Here are a few pictures of the Lusaka North Hub studying Marriage and the Family with Keith and receiving new Life Application Bibles to help them in their studies. Last year when I first met the men they had some old tattered Bibles. Some had only a small Gideon New Testament. Some had none at all.

Today these men are advancing in their training and learning to preach the Word expositionally and contextually. It has been a great privilege and joy to watch them develop in the knowledge of the Word and the proper use of the Word in preaching and ministry.

Join us in supporting these Ministers of the Gospel in Zambia. Your gifts provide the training and resources we take for granted.

You can give online at HBM.org or by mail to: Hope Builders Ministries Zambia, P.O.Box 317, Greenwood, VA 22943. Designate Zambia

Thank you,

Jeff Hawkins
Hope Builders Ministries
Zambia Coordinator