What is the ministry and mission of Hope Builders Ministries in Africa/Zambia?
As with all Christian ministry our vision is to win souls and make disciples of men and women to Jesus Christ. Our focus in this vision is disciple making. The Matthew 28 mission statement is “make disciples” by going, baptizing and teaching. Our mission is to “make disciples” and the ministry God has given us to fulfill this mandate is the HUB model of church planting and training pastors who plant churches and train other pastors.
The HUB Model
What we believe the Lord has directed us to do is to make disciples in Africa (Zambia in HIMAfrica context) by planting churches and training the pastors who will in turn plant more churches and train new pastors. We do not see our ministry as one that establishes “mission stations” or “Bible schools” with western missionaries, etc. Our center of activity is a “HUB” church that becomes the “training center”led by an indigenous African pastor that will be instrumental in planting up to 40 new churches and training up to 40 new pastors over the course of 6 years.
This Hub Church has the potential of winning 10,000 people to Christ, planting 40 new autonomous evangelical Bible centered churches and training 40 pastors in the Word of God. The average church being 150 to 250 members. We do not try to establish a “mega” church nor do we entertain the cult personalities of “super” ministries that are so rampant today with its false teachers, false doctrine and false focus on size and prosperity and “power.” Our focus is on teaching the Word of God to as many men of God as possible so that individually every believer in the Church of God can know and understand the Word of God for himself and become a follower of Jesus Christ (Christians) and not men.
We believe the best way to be “focused” in this partnership with indigenous believers in their own countries and cultures. The native pastors already know the language and the culture. It does not take many years and multiple thousands of dollars to “prepare” them for their mission field. They are ready. They don’t need “professionals” to do the work for them. They only need what all preachers need, good Bible training. They have the same Spirit of God. They have the same mandate from God. Therefore they are better equipped by God’s grace to do the work in their own countries and cultures. Instead of taking these men out of their country and culture to be “trained,” we bring the training resources to them and walk beside them in a partnering relationship.
Hope Builders Ministries does not solicit churches in the USA to “duplicate” its church in Africa but instead to MULTIPLY it. Together we work alongside African ministries and ministers to Make Disciples. In partnership with these ministries to date the Lord has planted over 4500 churches in Sub-Sahara Africa in a little over 10 years. Over 1000 churches have been planted in Zambia. To date there are over 70 HUB churches in Zambia of varying degrees of development. These Hub churches cross denominational barriers. There are over 500 pastors in Zambia in Bible training using the Calvary Academics curriculum. Calvary Academics is accredited through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.
HUB pastors are humble men who are not looking for “mega” ministries as portrayed on the television. They are men who will never be wealthy in this life but are rich in heavenly treasure. These are men whose focus is upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ and like the last Apostle, Paul, they do not preach for fame or fortune. Being truly called of God, they preach with a passion that says,”Woe is me if I preach not the Gospel.” They can also say with Paul, “follow me as I follow Christ.” They have an absolute love for Christ and their countrymen who so desperately need Christ. A true pastor’s only need is Christ. No true minister needs another ministry to do the work that God has called him to. All he needs, all we need, is Jesus Christ. He is our great Provision. If the USA ceases to exist or all our human resources vanish away, Jesus Christ will never vanish away. He will never leave us nor forsake us.
This is our Mission and our Mandate.
YOU can partner with Hope Builders Ministries in prayer and financial support for native pastors in Africa. Jesus said, “I will build MY church…” He commands us to “make disciples.”
Visit us at www.HIMAfrica.com and www.hopebuildersminstry.org
Submitted by Jeffrey Hawkins, Zambia Coordinator, Hope Builders Ministries with Dr. Johan Gous, Founder/Director of Hope Builders Ministries