Testimony from Zambia

Pastor Matthew Daka and wife Judi with Jeff and Lou Ann

Pastor Matthew Daka and wife Judi with Jeff and Lou Ann

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.

Pastor Daka teaching the Word

Pastor Daka teaching the Word

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.

Receiving Bibles to distribute in their Regions of ministry

Receiving Bibles to distribute in their Regions of ministry

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.
Reporting,
Pastor Matthew Daka,
HBMZ Administrator

(YOUR prayers and gifts are appreciated. GIVE HERE or mail check to HBM, P.O. Box 317, Greenwood, VA 22943 Designate HBMZambia)

Pastor Kallen on RT

Pastor Kallen on RT

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!

Testimonies from ODISHA India

PASTOR PRABIN SIPKA AND SUSMA

Pastor Prabin Sipka and wife Susama

In February 2013, by God’s Grace and calling, I was able to go to India and partner with Stephen Prasad to begin HIMIndia, Helping Indigenous Missions in India, training pastors in the Word of God. Today there are hundreds of pastors receiving Bible training using the Mini Bible College lessons prepared by the late Dick Woodward and made available through International Cooperating Ministries.

DSCN9079children lunch timeIn February 2014 Stephen and I visited Odisha State and the ministry of Bethel Association. Pastor Prabin Sipka and his wife Susama conduct a school caring for children from 5 to 25 years of age. There is also an active orphan ministry caring for hundreds of single and double orphaned children both on campus and from the surrounding community.

 

Pastor's gathered at Bethel with HIMIndia

Pastor’s gathered at Bethel with HIMIndia

Along with this Pastor Sipka has organized an association of hundreds of pastors networking together in ministry and studying the Word of God together. HIMIndia is providing the training resources for their training using the Mini Bible College and supplemental materials. Bibles and other ministry resources are needed.

Prayerfully consider being a part of this ministry. 2 Timothy 2:2 challenges us to be disciple makers passing on the teaching of the Word of God to those who can teach others. YOU can help. A financial gift of as little as $25 a month will have a huge impact on helping these poor rural pastors train their people in the Word of God and win many to Christ in this country of 1.3 Billion souls. Fewer than 2% of the people are Christian in name and many of these are untrained in the Word of God. You can help by helping us to train pastors in the Word of truth.

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Without faith it is impossible to please God. To have the kind of faith that pleases God the people of God must understand and obey the Word of God.

Help HIMIndia to train pastors in the Word and strengthen and encourage the Lord’s Church in India.

Below are some testimonies sent to me from Pastor Sipka in Odisha State. Remember this is an idolatrous nation. The people coming out of this idolatry are on a journey to the Truth, Jesus Christ, the ONE true and living God. Christians in Odisha State suffered deadly persecution in 2008. Hundreds were murdered and over 50,000 are still living in ghettos, not being allowed to return to their villages and homes. It is not “easy” to be a Christian in India.

Pastor Jeff,
We hope you are doing well and that your preparation for Zambia is going good!  We just wanted to update you on what has been happening here the last few months.  We have collected testimonies from our pastors, and each and everyone explained to us how encouraged they have been since our Pastor’s Meeting in February.  Many of our Pastors have experienced God’s hand and faithfulness through preparing many healing miracles for people that they pray for.  Along with this, we have been able to see many new believers committing to worship Jesus. 
The month of May means that there is a break from school, so we have been able to put on an eight day Vacation Bible School program for 40 children for the colony nearby our home.  These children, along with the families who sat outside to watch the activities, were able to learn more about who Jesus is and ask questions about His love.  Also, because of the holiday, our Bethel children have been able to watch many films about the Bible and miracles God performs.  We will hold a special VBS at the end of May.  
A big change that has occurred on our campus is that we are caring for 150 extra boys for the next year.  They are children supported through a ministry in Chennai, but were in need of care this year while they develop and make changes to their ministry.  This ministry was able to provide us funds to care for these children, and because of those funds we have been able to create a conference hall on top of our school building.  We will use this new hall for a classroom, study room, prayer, and Friday and Sunday worship!  Praise God with us for answering this need.
Please continue to pray for our ministry and the needs of our Pastors.  We trust and pray that God is blessing you and that He will lead and guide you and provide for every need you have. 
With love and regards,
Pastor Prabin & Susama Sipka
Field Report from pastorBunki’s Miracle
When Bunki found out she was pregnant for the third time, she was more than a little skeptical.  After two miscarriages, she sent a prayer request to Pastor Prabin at Bethel Association, asking that the Lord would grant her a good and healthy baby.  When she went to the doctor for her first ultrasound after finding out she was pregnant, they were devastated when told that the baby was growing in the fallopian tube.  This Hindu woman knew that her current pregnancy was a gift from the Lord, and instead of terminating the pregnancy as she was advised to do, she turned to prayer along with everyone at Bethel.  A month of two later, she went back to the doctor and was told that through a miracle, her baby was now healthy and growing in her uterus.  Now Bunki’s baby is a three month old happy and thriving girl!  Bunki along with her entire family is now trusting in Jesus Christ and is no longer worshipping Hindu idols.  Through studying scripture, prayer & worship, we believe that one day soon they will completely surrender to the one true God!
 
Sadanada Jena
I grew up in a Hindu family where we worshipped the Devil.  June 15, 1997, one forest guard told me that Jesus is king, and after hearing this I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior.  Then on February 5, 1999, I received water baptized.  From that day on, I have been living and doing God’s work.  To this date, I have led 30 families to Christ and have continued to disciple them.  Other than these families, I have 5 families from outside villages who attend the Church I pastor. 
 
My family is continually worshipping Jesus, but we are facing persecution from our village.  Within the last few years, they threatened to cast us out of society, but recently God has quieted their mouths and they no longer threaten us.  Please pray for my family and my church members that God will lead and guide us.  As you pray for us, we are daily praying for you.
 
 
Raj Kumar Pradhan
I have three congregations that I pastor.  God has given the chance for our three congregatiosn to experience more and more people coming to know Jesus.  I am working to distribute literature and preach the Gospel.
In my village, a wife of a Hindu priest came to me, requesting prayer.  She asked our congregation to pray that God would provide them with a boy baby.  Upon delivery, they saw God had answered their prayers and their family turned from Hinduism, and now believe in Jesus Christ.  This happened in March, 2014.
 
In the time since Pastor Jeff’s meeting in February, we have spent much more time in prayer and have been working more for Jesus.  One man in particular, Surash, was tormented by devil spirits for months.  He tried all he could to get rid of the devil spirit, such as going to Hindu priests and those performing witchcraft.  It wasn’t until Surash came to us for prayer that the devil spirit fled his body.  He has now accepted Jesus Christ, and he, along with 20 other members of my congregation have received water baptism this past month. 
Please pray that each family in our congregation will be able to be provided with a Bible and also pray that our believers will grow in their faith. 
 
Ashok Pradhan
I am working in and preaching the Gospel within ten different villages.  God has produced many miracles within my life.  Everyone within my home village is Hindu, so no one was preaching within this area.  When I was small, God chose me and I began to preach to all within my village.  One man within a particular village, Mundipanga, was mute since birth.  That man traveled to many Hindu places to worship.  Finally he came to our church and now, He is speaking!  Eight people within his family now praise Jesus Christ! 
In another family, one boy was incredibly sick with a fever.  They tried many different witch craft tricks, but he did not experience complete healing until he came to us for prayer.  Because of his testimony, five people have accepted Christ and are preparing for baptism.  Please pray for my church members and Bibles for each member.
 
Pranaya Kumar Lohara
I am working in Belamguda Village.  In this village, 25 families have accepted Jesus.  In Belamguda, we have experienced many different persecutions, but I am continuing to serve here.  I distribute literature and preach the Gospel.  I am often severely beat and mocked, but I continue to preach and work for Christ.  After Pastor Jeff’s meeting, we have experienced four people accepting Jesus and many others have been interested in attending my church. 
For a long time, my congregation has been praying for one drunkard in our village.  After many prayers, God broke the cycle of alcoholism in this man, and his entire family has now accepted Jesus.
My people in my congregation are very poor.  We are not able to afford a church building, but we are praying in a small veranda.  Please pray that God will provide a church building for us.    Right now, five people are ready to receive water baptism.   Please pray for the people in my congregation to grow in their prayer life.  Pray for this village, that all non-Christians will come to know Jesus. 
 
Taku Mishal
This past Easter, we were able to celebrate the risen Christ in a new way.  During our worship, a Hindu women was carried into our church.   This woman was carried in laying on a bed because she had been experiencing here period many, many days, and came to us for prayer.  Together, we all prayed for this woman on Easter, and God filled her with strength.  She was able to sit up, and now has energy that allows her to attend church. 
This past month while distributing tracts, two Hindu men began asking me questions and are now attending church.  Praise the Lord that they are preparing to receive water baptism.  Please pray for me and my family as well as my church members. 

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.

Satanists!

Jonathan MbeweIn August our Church Planting Pastor Jonathon Mbewe took a team of men he is discipling to Matonje in the Eastern Province. The Gospel was presented through preaching and the Jesus Film. A church was started and a pastor was left to oversee the new work. They encountered opposition from some of the local chiefs and another “church” who did not want them preaching the Gospel that would deliver them from HELL and witchcraft, etc.  Many parts of Africa that have received the Gospel, both the true Gospel and “another” gospel, syncretize it with the traditional religion. The people can be very superstitious and fearful as you will read in this testimony.

You can help support missionary church planters like Jonathan on the donation link above. Thank you.

Here is Jonathan’s report of the trip. I have edited it a “bit” to help you understand his Zambian English.

“For the trip our budget was small, but we reached at 17:30 Hrs Chipembe station to go to Matonje, we hired the car which cost us a lot of money.  We reached Matonje around 22:00 Hrs (10PM) on Wednesday. We were introduced to the headman of Matonje Village. And the headman welcomed us and all the people in the village that there are visitors in the village who came to preach the Good News. Next morning we started to preach around 13:00hrs -18:00hrs on Thursday, we did not know there were 3 headmen in the village. At 18:00hrs (6PM) another headman came and stopped us from continuing our programs. We stopped and pack our machines. He told us to see him next morning on 16th August 2013 on Friday.  I went  to  the headman  and elders, they told me  that “we cannot allow you with the team to continued your program here. But you can stay here as long as you want.” We stay there 2 days minus doing anything

On 17th August Saturday  morning  another headman from the next village come to us and told us to preach in his village. On Sunday we went to Kasongo village to preach the good news and show Jesus film. When the people saw the film on the first time to watch the calling us Satanist because it was the first time to watch a film on a white cloth. They even feared to take photos, they said that we are going to sale them or joining them in Satanism. We preached there for 2 days. The last day another head man came from Manado village. But we were not able to reach it because of the distance and transport. It is too far from kasongo to Mando village about 6 miles.

People need us to go and preached good news because there is only 1 church ROMAN Catholic for 5 villages. People there believe in witchcraft and witchdoctors. (syncretism, some Christianity mixed with traditional religion) But they are still many more villages who need to hear the good news and see the Jesus film.  

The leader’s (pastor in training) name is Shadreck Phiri for the church we planted there. They are lacking Bibles, we left one Bible for the leader.”

INDIA HUBS

India KANDHAMAand Munigada hubs

Odisha District of Hub Pastors in India

HIMIndia is a new work associated with Hope Builders Ministries. In February 2013 I met Bishop (read Pastor) Stephen Prasad face to face for the first time. We had been communicating for 5 years via Skype, email and phone. During that time I introduced him to the HUB model of church planting and disciple making. He was training upwards of 500 Pastors through seminars and month long school sessions. The HUB model taught him to find other faithful men who could train others also (2 Timothy 2:2). Today he has organized 10 Districts with numerous HUBS led by other trained men. Through HIMIndia he provides them with systematic biblical studies to help train them in pastoral theology. Supporters of HIMIndia provide the money that produces and distributes this training material as well as Bibles for these pastors and pastors in training.

YOU can partner with these men by supporting HIMIndia. Many of these men know persecution first hand but all are willing to sacrifice their all for the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that their countrymen might be saved from God’s Wrath and live by the power of God today and forever.

JOIN US ONLINE or Send your financial support to: Hope Builders Ministries/HIMIndia, P.O.Box 317, Greenwood, VA 22943

All contributions in any amount are welcome. At present HIMIndia is operating on $500 per month. The monthly goal for this year is $2000 per month. Will you invest in training pastors in India, planting churches and the salvation of many souls?

Jesus said, “I came that they might have LIFE and that abundantly.”

Pray with us. Partner with us.

Thank you,

Jeff Hawkins/HIMIndia

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