Indigenous Ministry in Zambia

HBMZ Board of Directors

HBMZ Board of Directors

In 2005 I first visited Zambia and joined in a mission trip that exposed me to Indigenous Missions. Almost immediately I knew that I wanted to be a part of this. After four more extended trips God allowed me (HIMAfrica) to partner “full-time” in 2007 with the brothers in Zambia training pastors and planting new churches. Today Hope Builders Ministries Zambia is a registered Zambian led ministry. Pictured are the men who make up the Board of Directors. I love these men. They are dedicated and self-sacrificing working with many hundreds of other pastors discipling hundreds more in pastoral training. I, partnered with you, have the privilege of continuing to support this ministry as the HBM Zambia Coordinator. Thank you for your prayers and partnership. Let us keep on till Jesus comes.

Receiving Bibles to distribute in their Regions of ministry

Receiving Bibles to distribute in their Regions of ministry


Loaded with the Word of God

Daniel and Motorcycle

Regional Leader Phiri with new Motorcycle

The Wonderful Word of God

Study Bibles for Pastors in Zambia

Study Bibles for Pastors in Zambia

Believers must have the Word of God and be growing in the Word of God to be disciples of Jesus Christ. HIMAfrica working with Hope Builders Ministries Zambia networks with Christians in America to provide the much needed Word to Pastors and Believers who do not have ready access to a Bible. HIMIndia does the same for the brethren in India we are blessed to work with. Here we take for granted that every believer can afford and access a Bible. This is not the case in much of the World. Your can be a blessing to your brothers and sisters in Africa and India by making regular and generous contributions to our Bibles for Believers program. Check it out.

Along with this I want to share with you a word from my friend Herb Hodges. This dear man of God is a disciple maker. You will be blessed reading this word of encouragement from his November newsletter. You can also access his sermon “The Wonderful of God” at this link.

May you be ever blessed as you pursue the LORD in His Word and His mandate to make disciples “to the ends of the earth to the end of time.”
Jeff Hawkins
Dear Fellow Members in the Forever Family of our Father in Heaven,

I am appealing to the Holy Spirit for the special fulfillment of Ephesians 1:15-19 as I write—with special emphasis on the request that “the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge (Greek, epignosei, full knowledge, relational knowledge, friendship knowledge—i.e. not merely academic knowledge, head knowledge, but heart knowledge) of Him, the eyes of your understanding (kardia, heart) being enlightened (“opened up and flooded with light”); that you may know (know by seeing, perceive) what is the hope of His calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.”  Over the years, God has by His grace given me numerous messages on these incredible verses, and each has blessed me immeasurably.

God has laid a familiar verse on my heart in recent days and hours, and has “thrown more light upon His Word”.  The verse is II Timothy 2:15, which says, “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman (ergaten, a “laborer” or “field-hand”) that doesn’t need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.”  The word translated “rightly dividing” is a massive world-in-a-word, the word orthotomounta.  It is a combination of two Greek words: the word “ortho”, which means “right” or “straight” (orthodoxy is right or straight doctrine; orthopraxyis right or straight practice; as an example, an orthodontist is a doctor who straightens irregular teeth); and the word tomounto, which mean to cut or to divide.  This means that I must not take liberties with God’s Word of Truth.  Charles Spurgeon said, “You don’t have to defend or correct a line of Scripture; it is like a lion—just let him out of the cage and he will take care of himself!”

However (and here comes a major proviso)—you must learn how to “cut straight” each word of the Word of God, and lay it open in its full content, and as nearly to the full intent of its original use in the Biblical sentence as possible as is possible for you to detect, depending always on the Original Author, the Holy Spirit (the context).  Let me emphasize that we must read and study not just “the Word of God” in a translation, but the words of the Word of any text (after all,there would be no full Word without its giant lineup of separate words.  Any student who does not learn to “straight-cut” to the bottom of each word is not obedient to the rule of Jesus:  “Man lives by every word (emphasize every word) that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”  You simply cannot fairly deal with every word unless you deal adequately with each word.  Remember that “all Scripture is God-breathed (i.e., it “proceeded out of the mouth of God”, generated by His breath), and is profitable (valuable, advantageous) for doctrine for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (II Timothy 3:16-17).  This is the essential exegesis (“leading out”) with which all true Biblical exposition and explanation begin.

Let me interrupt the flow of the ideas here with an aside—though it surely is not incidental to our understanding!  John 1:18 says about Jesus that “No man has seen God at any time, but the Only-One-of-a-Kind Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him” (NASV).  “He has led Him out”—from invisibility into visibility, out of the unknown into the fully known.  Again, the Greek word exegeoma, or exegeted, means to “spell out”, to “expose”, to “make obvious”.   Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.”  So the true student of Scripture will learn to take any key word of the text and “lead it out”—from invisibility to visibility, from the darkness of obscurity, isolation, ignorance, into the full light of complete exposure and awareness; from the indifference of the carnal heart into the “red alert” of full apprehension of its meaning, appreciate of its message, and application—so that a generationally multiplying lifestyle is the unmistakable result. 

Long ago, the patriarch Job said to God, “I have esteemed the words of Thy mouth to be more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12).  May God give to each of us an insatiable appetite for His Word!   May the attached message drive you to the Book, with a craving to be satisfied.  Enjoy both the Menu and the Meal! 

Herb Hodges
Spiritual Life Ministries
2916 Old Elm Lane
, TN38138
(901) 758-2777

The Wonderful Word of God

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).

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.

Testimony from Zambia

Steven Slater (RT) with HBMZ team and Zambian couple.

Steven Slater (RT) with HBMZ team and Zambian couple.


Pastor Steven Slater joined HBMZambia this year in Livingstone for an evangelism/disciple-making outreach. The following is  his experience and reflections on the week. Enjoy.

What is it like to be sent by God to share the gospel with in a culture that is entirely different from the one from which you came?

It is intimidating. You ask yourself, how will the people in Zambia respond. Will I explain the Word well enough to be understood? Can my being here make any difference at all? But God truly went before us. He prepared hearts to receive the Word so that many souls turned to Christ for salvation. He led us to people who were already believers but needed encouragement to persevere in the faith and grow in grace. It was all God’s work who reminded me daily from Joshua 1:9, “Be strong and courageous for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

This week was also eye-opening. We weren’t the only Christians in Zecco compound. The Lord’s remnant was there, alive and well, yet struggling and wrestling against false teachings, temptations and discouragements just like Christians do everywhere. I understood this week that God’s Kingdom is global and united by His Spirit to do battle against a vicious foe who is already conquered. We are all united in the fight against satan and in the proclamation of the Good News. This week was a time of mutual encouragement. We sought to be a blessing and in return, we were wonderfully blessed as well.

And the outreach this week was also life-changing. Its impossible to return to America and not allow what happened here in Livingstone to not change my heart. All I can say to the Lord is “Thank you for this experience, but now, what do you want me to do in my life because of it?” This week I truly experienced the heart of God for the poor, the outcasts and the rejected of this world. I felt the love of Christ toward those of whom He said, “in as much as you have done it for the least of these, my brothers, you have done it for Me.”

Pastor Steven J. Slater

Plainswell, Michigan

Summer Mission Trip

Pastor Matthew and wife Jude with Jeff and Lou Ann July 2012

Pastor Matthew, wife Jude with Jeff and Lou Ann July 2012

On July 10 Lou Ann and I will join Heather and Karsen in Knoxville, TN to begin another journey to Zambia. We arrive in Livingstone on the 12th and will meet up with Johan and Lida Gous (HBM) and Steve. If all goes as planned Matthew and Jude will join us for a week partnering with local churches and rural evangelism. Lou Ann, Heather and Karsen will do some children ministry also.

On July 21 we will all travel north about Mazabuka Farm Land 023200 miles to Mazabuka. There Pastor Steve and I will conduct a pastors leadership conference with about 50 pastors with HBM Zambia. Lou Ann and the girls will minister to children and orphans.

Walking on the landDuring this time Johan will also join me to investigate a piece of property being offered by a local chief for the Dignity Project. It is 9 acres with an old School Building and teachers house on it. No water, no electricity, but very affordable.

As the team from the USA travels to and ministers in Zambia along side our Zambian brothers and sisters please remember to pray for the mission.

  • For many souls to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • For Health and safety for the team
  • For Lou Ann and the girls as they minister to children in Livingstone and Mazabuka
  • For successful ministry to the pastors
  • For the encouragement of the Churches in Zambia and Mazabuka

Thank you for partnering with HIMAfrica and Hope Builders Ministries Zambia as we (together with you) serve the church in Zambia, equipping pastors, helping them to plant churches and make many disciples. AND thank you for your prayers and support of the Dignity Project ministering to widows and orphans.

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USMail: Hope Builders Ministries, Zambia, POBox 317, Greenwood, VA 22943