Year End Report from Zambia

HBMZ 2015 General Report
December 18, 2015

Matthew Daka HBMZambia Administrator

Matthew Daka
HBMZambia Administrator

From: Matthew Daka, HBMZ Administrator

The year 2015 of our Lord is fast approaching the end. As I look back at what the Lord has done for HBMZ, I want first of all to say many thanks to all who have supported us. You, our donors in the US, have been a blessing to all our pastors and many Christians here in Zambia. HBMZ is grateful to all the donors who have been giving to HBM US who are our partners. Your blessings have made it possible for us to buy Bibles, print and ship training manuals from South Africa to Zambia, supply motorbikes to our pastors as well as bicycles.

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Zambia 2014 Pastor Training Seminars

Hope Builders Ministry Zambia

Hope Builders Ministry Zambia

https://picasaweb.google.com/118109803832574516972/ZambiaJune2014#slideshow/6038143596065210786

All pastors need training. If a man is called to pastor, he is called to training in the Word of God. It has been said that “no man is an island.” This is especially true for pastors. We all need continual training in the Word of God. The Holy Spirit is the teacher of all believers in Jesus Christ. This is one of His functions in the believers. He was given to “teach you all things” and “guide you into all the truth” (John 14:26; 16:13). The Holy Spirit is our primary teacher, but God also gives us mentors or human teachers. 2 Timothy 2:2 indicates that this is a generational process of disciple making. Paul taught Timothy who was to teach faithful men who would teach others also.

The HUB Model used by Hope Builders Ministries in Zambia and India is a disciple making model. One man is trained by another man who in turn trains another. HBM uses a 1 on 3 approach multiplying the disciple-making process rapidly.  One pastor trains 3 others (Peter, James and John) who in turn each train three others, etc.

This past June HIMAfrica led a team in Zambia conducting 7 pastors conferences with Hope Builders Ministries Zambia. HBMZ Administrator Matthew Daka accompanied Pastor Jeff Hawkins, Pastor Stephen Slater and seminary student Travis Milner from Lusaka to Kabwe to Kitwe to the Northwestern Province through the Kafue National Park and back to Lusaka. Seven different conferences were conducted serving about 300 HBMZ pastors. Two and three generations of disciples were represented at each conference, showing the growth of the ministry God has given through this disciple making process.

The theme of each conference was “Gospel Essentials – What God in Christ did to save us from His righteous wrath.”

Thank you for your prayers and support of HIMAfrica and HIMIndia serving with Hope Builders Ministries.

 

 

 

The GIFT, the PRIZE, and the Judgment Seat of Christ

Each One will Give an Account

Each One will Give an Account

As a believer in Jesus Christ I have eternal life, period. Praise the Lord. It is a free GIFT received by faith alone, not works. I did not earn it and I do not deserve it, but by God’s grace it is available to all who will believe in, trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. The faith formula is so simple that even a child can receive it. In fact, it is this kind of faith that does receive the gift of eternal life. There is no theological education required,  no promise of faithfulness on our part. BELIEVE in Christ and you will RECEIVE his Eternal Life freely, with no strings attached.

Jesus saves all who believe in Him, our past, our present and our future (body, soul and spirit). When I believe my spirit is “born again.” The Holy Spirit regenerates my dead spirit. I am now alive in Christ. As I live the Christian life and submit to the Holy Spirit I experience salvation from the Power of sin. He is saving my soul daily as I walk in newness of life. In the future, at the resurrection, my body will be saved. This is guaranteed by Christ’s down payment of the Holy Spirit. I will receive a new incorruptible body like the Lord Jesus’. Yes I will be saved completely, body, soul and spirit. What an incredible gift!

Once saved we are reminded NOT to sin. Paul asks rhetorically in Romans 6, “now that we are saved from eternal death should we keep on sinning since grace is all abounding?” The answer is, “Of course not!” But the problem is we DO sin (1 John 1:8). This is why most of the Scriptures were written, to exhort believers not to sin and the consequences of sinning against our heavenly Father, our crucified and risen Savior Jesus and the indwelling Holy Spirit.

The Apostle John tells us that he wrote his first epistles so that we would not sin, 1 John 2:1. The New Testament is replete with exhortations and challenges for us to remain faithful to Christ, to abide in Him, to hold to our confession of faith in Him and to persevere to the end. The reason for these exhortations is because there is a PRIZE to be won, an inheritance to be realized, and much that can be lost.

This Prize consists of glory and honor with Christ (Romans 8:17) and “reigning with Him” in the Millennial Kingdom (2 Timothy 2:12), called the “Sabbath Rest” in Hebrews 4:9-13. It can also include the receiving of “Crowns” for faithfulness. Most of all, it means hearing the Savior say, “Well done my good and faithful servant, enter into the JOY of the LORD.” The opposite of winning the PRIZE is to suffer shame and loss (1 John 2:28, 1 Corinthians 3:15) and being disqualified from the prize (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).

The GIFT is free and the PRIZE is earned. Both are attained by faith, The Gift by simple faith without works, and the PRIZE by persevering faith that works. (Compare Romans 4 and James 2)

The PRIZE will be determined/revealed at the Judgment Seat of Christ. ALL believers will appear before this BEMA Seat and it is here that we will be “recompensed, paid back, given our just wages” according to what we have done in our flesh, whether good (faith/obedience) or bad (without faith/disobedient). (1 Corinthians 3:10-17; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 14:10; James 2:11,12)

Yes siree, little children, there is a Day of Judgment for all believers. Peter reminds us that “judgment begins in the house of the Lord.” God is just! He will not destroy the wicked for their sin and wink at our sin committed after we have been saved from the wrath of God by the Blood of Christ. He disciplines us while we are living this “Christian” life so that we should live holy, but if we do not respond and continue to rebel there is a final judgment for us as well, The Judgment Seat of Christ. “If we judge ourselves correctly (NOW), we will not be judged (for these things LATER). 1 Corinthians 11:31

SO, how do we prepare for the Judgment Seat of Christ. It is a serious matter and one that should consume our daily living. Our God is a “consuming fire.” It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God. “And there is nothing hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

  • BE SERIOUS about the Christian Life. Be a disciple maker. We are ambassadors of Christ and He is holding us accountable for our representation of Him, whether good or bad.
  • BE DILIGENT about living an obedient life. Obey the Scriptures. This is the will of God.
  • Have a CLEAR CONSCIENCE. HOW? 1. Submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21, Hebrews 13:17). 2. Avoid deliberate/willful sin (1 Thessalonians 5:22) 3. Confess sin as soon as you are convicted (1 John 1:9). 4. Make restitution if possible (Matthew 5:23, 24).
  • COVER your many unknown and unconfessed sin by being Christ-like in acts of mercy (Hosea 6:6) by being forgiving (Matthew 6:12-15), by being loving (1 Peter 4:7-8), by being merciful in judgment (Matthew 7:2) and by caring for others by meeting physical needs (Matthew 12:1-18, 2 Timothy 1:15-18) and their spiritual needs (Matthew 9:9-13, James 5:19-20).

I can’t speak for you, but I know that I will need a lot of “extra” mercy at the Judgment Seat of Christ. In my rebellion there are many sins I have not confessed and have subsequently forgotten them. Jesus will not forget. In my fleshly ignorance I have sinned and not even known it. I’ve said and done things that have injured others and I am oblivious. These will be revealed when I stand before the One with whom I have to do. I will need mercy. There will be NO excuses.

So, if I want mercy then I must be merciful now to others. I need to remember to be careful in my judgment of others now, because it is by this same standard that Jesus will hold me accountable on that great and terrible day.

The Bema Seat is where all believers will give an account for their faith and faithlessness, for obedience and disobedience. God is just. Our God is an Awesome God. If the righteous are scarcely saved, what will be the end of those who do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ?

Get Ready Now because “Here comes the Judge!”

Here is some suggested reading for more study besides your careful study of the Scripture.
“Reign of the Servant Kings” and “Future Destiny, the Future Reign of the Servant Kings” both by Joseph Dillow
“The Judgment Seat of Christ” by Samuel L. Hoyt
“The Kingdom of God Visualized” by Ray Baughman (Abe Books)

Stephen Prasad Testimony

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Prasad

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Prasad

Brother Stephen Prasad is the Director of HIMIndia partnered with Jeffrey Hawkins HIMIndia U.S. Coordinator. Stephen was born in 1975, raised a Hindu and saved to new life in Christ in 1994.
Read his testimony HERE
Thank you for praying for and partnering with this indigenous ministry training pastors, planting churches and making disciples in India.

Stephen and Glory were married in 2011.

Contact Jeff Hawkins for more information on how you can partner with HIMIndia.

Jeff@HBMin.org

OR Phone: 337-718-1453

Making Disciples: Keeping It Simple

Aleck Malunga

Making Disciples

The Lord Jesus left his followers-disciples with ONE mandate and that is to make other disciples. In Matthew 28:18 – 20 by His own authority and His personal presence, Jesus commands all believers to Make Disciples (the imperative) of everybody, everywhere, to the end of time. This is done as we continuously GO along life’s way with the Gospel message every day, BAPTIZING those that believe the Gospel into the local church. and then continually TEACHING them all that Jesus has taught us (i.e. the Word of God). And HE promises every generation He will be with them to the end of the journey.

Let me share with you a testimony from one of my disciple making heroes, Herb Hodges. It will encourage you pastors and the rest of us to be about the business of “making disciples.”

“During my last pastorate (1970 to 1980, when I left the pastorate to teach & train church leaders around the world), there was a dear 84-year-old former school teacher, a silver-haired, sweet-spirited saint named Minnie Lowe. The older ladies of the church sent a representative to me one day, Grace Jordan, with an appeal. “You are meeting with all of these other special groups in the church weekly <I was meeting with six weekly special-study groups in the church at the time—at a time when I was preaching three to five times weekly, and deeply involved with many people!>; could you possibly meet weekly with us older women? Would you please pray about this and let us know?” I quickly dismissed it as an unlikely possibility—after all, what could 80-year olds DO with the message of the Victory Life in Christ even if they learned it? But I made “the mistake” of PRAYING ABOUT IT, and God laid it heavily on my heart. I finally consented, and we began to meet for two hours each Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. to explore the many dimensions of the Jesus-centered, Spirit-filled life. I was shocked at how many there were in the class, and how faithful each was in attendance. One morning in class, Minnie Lowe, seated on the front row, broke down in tears while I was teaching. We waited, and she finally dabbed her eyes with a handkerchief, then she said to me tearfully, “Brother Herb, what am I going to TELL Jesus? I’ve been a Christian for over 50 years, and I’ve never heard any of these teachings in my entire life? I’m about to go to be with Jesus, and He clearly told us what to do with our lives, but no one ever explained this to me. What will I say to Him?” I replied, “Mrs. Lowe, you were a school teacher, so you know something about the game of football, don’t you?” She replied, “Yes, at least a little.” “Then you know that when a football is fumbled when the game is being played, the opposing team doesn’t recover the ball where it WISHES it had been fumbled; it recovers the ball where it ACTUALLY WAS FUMBLED. You see, somebody (probably MANY supposed ‘ball-carriers’) in your long Christian life fumbled the ‘BALL’ BIG-TIME by not telling you these things. But you can RECOVER THE BALL NOW, AND IF YOU ONLY HAVE ONE YEAR, OR TWO YEARS, OR FIVE YEARS LEFT, YOU CAN SCORE SOME LATE-GAME SCORES FOR HIM THAT WILL CHANGE THE ‘FINAL SCORE’ for many, many people, and will change your personal rewards—for ETERNITY.” I hardly knew what I was saying! About three weeks later, she showed up in church with a whole row of white-haired people seated in the long seat beside her. When she introduced the circle of them around her to me at the door at the end of the service, she said, “I HEARD WHAT YOU SAID, and enlisted two vans and drivers to come to our high-rise rest home the next Sunday morning and pick us up…..” Within two weeks, there were even more of them—she was enlisting more and more happy drivers with vans each of those weeks. Then one Sunday night, shortly afterward, EIGHT OF THEM WEPT THEIR WAY DOWN THE AISLE at the invitation time of the evening service, and each of the eight came to Christ that evening, and then others in the group began to fall like dominoes. They went back to the rest home and excitedly enlisted others to come with them, and a MOVEMENT started. Several months later, the “whole GANG” of them poured out the swinging doors at the back of the auditorium into the vestibule which I called “our love room”. They fairly swamped me, pushing me out into the middle of the love room, and circling me with their celebration. When we broke up a while later, I took Minnie Lowe aside and said to her, “Mrs. Lowe, do you remember that question you asked me that morning in our ladies class?” She LAUGHED AND CRIED SIMULTANEOUSLY as she said, “Yes, I do remember, but thank God, NOW I HAVE SOMETHING GREAT THAT HE AND I CAN TALK ABOUT WHEN I GET THERE.” Why don’t ALL CHRISTIANS REGULARLY DO THINGS LIKE THIS?”

Why don’t we?