CMML Visits Africa
May 30, 2012, Day 24:
Although we don't have a new update from the CMML Africa team who are still on their trip, please continue to pray for them, as their time in Africa winds down. They are currently with missionaries Harry & Ruth Johnson in Tanzania. They will head back to the U.S. on Saturday, June 2.
May 24, 2012, Day 18:
Below are some pictures from our visit to Sakeji School in Zambia.
Breakfast at Sakeji School with missionary Lina Burklin:
Sakeji School Staff:
Vicky Saunders (Missionary Prayer Handbook Day 5) is leaving for a six month furlough in just a few weeks. Pray for the Lord to send a replacement:
Kalene sation was a 45-minute drive from Sakeji. Our gracious
hosts were Bruce and Marilyn Poidevin (Missionary Prayer Handbook Day 5). We had an extremely full two
days, visiting the remarkable local hydroelectric project, touring the
hospital, having a BBQ with all the missionary staff, attending the
vernacular assembly, eating lunch with John and Rachel Woodfield,
joining in a praise and prayer time with the missionaries from Kalene
and Sakeji, and touring Bruce's Flight Service ministry. At sunup on
Monday Bruce flew us to Chingola, where we met up with Kelvin Samwata, a
full-time Zambian worker.
Breakfast with Bruce and Marilyn Poidevin:
Breaking bread with saints at Kalene:
Planes in Bruce's hangar:
We stayed in Chingola with Marilyn and Ian Campbell. Kelvin
tirelessly drove us around to see Chingola works, such as the Ipusukilo
orphanage that he and Phil Cole started, the Christian Book
Center that Ian and Marilyn run, and Amano Christian School.
Ray & Terry Barham (Missionary Prayer Handbook Day 4):
Kelvin Samwata and Phil Cole at orphanage:
Orphans at Orphanage:
Amano Christian School staff:
On Tuesday (5/22) we drove to Mufulira, almost to the Congolese border,
and spoke at a 5-hour conferece (without a break!) of 23 local
assemblies. Multiple Zambian a capella choirs punctuated the ministry.
In the evening Tom Wilson spoke again at the Kalene assembly.
Conference at Mufulira:
Choir at Mufulira:
Kelvin drove us to Luansyha on Wednesday (5/23), and handed us off to
Patrick and Sherry Coleman (Missionary Prayer Handbook Day 4), who are involved in multiple ministries.
Patrick took us to the site of a future assembly and water well, where
we met an old African evangelist, Mr. Simwanza, who is determined to
continue, for the rest of his life, traveling around on his bicycle as
he starts new assemblies, in spite of the fact that he is over 70.
Sherry toured us through their Christian resource center and orphanage.
Patrick Coleman and villagers at site of new church:
Mr. Simwanza, church planter:
Patrick and Sherry in resource center office:
Patrick and Sherry with two of their orphans:
On our way to the airport on Thursday, our last day in Zambia,
Patrick took us to see the GLO Zambia school, whose principal is Felix
Muchimba. This is a one-year post-secondary Bible school.
Felix and Eve Muchimba in GLO Zambia library:
May 17, 2012, Day 11:
On Thursday, May 17, we traveled to Kabompo where Don and Elva Brooks (Missionary Prayer Handbook Day 4) have for decades carried on a fruitful work in the public high school, as well as reaching out to many in the local area.
Later, at Loloma, we visited the mission hospital.
Our hosts were Tim and Joy Beer (Missionary Prayer Handbook Day 4). The ministry at Loloma extends to the surrounding area through teaching at the public schools, preschool work, camps and teaching in the local assemblies.
We flew on to Sakeji school, which has been a haven for primary school students since 1925. Tom Wilson met an old school mate, Paul Fisher, who was a fellow Sakeji student in 1944.
May 16, 2012, Day 10:
On Wednesday morning Gordon Hanna (Missionary Prayer Handbook Day 4) gave us a full tour of Chitokoloki (chitokoloki.com). What a blessing this place is to the local Zambian community in so many ways, bathed in the gospel at every turn. It is almost like a small city in its complexity and self-sufficiency. The major work is the hospital, one of the very best in Zambia, but there are many other ministries as well.
In one refurbished building, AIDS widows and widowers use treadle sewing machines to make school uniforms.
After lunch we visited an all-Zambian assembly a few kilometers away. Their meetings must be held in the daytime as they have no light after sunset. The singing was loud and harmonious. We loved being there and they welcomed us warmly.
On the way back to Chit we stopped at a village of outcasts who are living in extreme poverty, mostly because of leprosy, and handed out soap and toothbrushes and lovely afghan blankets, hand-knitted by interested people from assemblies in North America.
May 15, 2012, Day 9:
After a two-hour drive through the bush, which included an encounter with a tree that been chopped down for the honey in its beehive, we arrived in Dipilata, established by Northern Irish missionaries in 1937.
We visited withnin Betty Magennis, there since 1976, and Jeffrey and June Speichinger (Missionary Prayer Handbook Day 5), the first American missionaries at Dipilata. We were very impressed with the new maternity unit built recently by a team from Northern Ireland in just a few months.
Our excellent pilot Jay flew us to Chavuma where we were met by Bob Young (Missionary Prayer Handbook Day 6), a swarm of flies, and an old man prepared to sleep on the ground overnight to guard the plane.
Chavuma is on a high hill overlooking a
beautiful curve of the Zambezi River, one of the oldest mission stations
in Zambia, established in 1922.
There in the middle of the African bush we met with a team of translators, working with advanced computer hardware and software to produce a revised translation of the Luvale Bible.
Our visit was only 24 hours but it was filled with opportunities to meet with missionaries, elders and villagers, and to see the significant hospital work.
May 13, 2012, Day 7:
On Saturday (May 12) we flew three hours up-country in a small Cessna to the Chitokoloki mission station deep in the bush, overlooking the banks of the mighty Zambezi river. In spite of its remoteness, there is a large, thriving community here; the school alone has more than 900 students!
In the evening we were allowed to observe Doctor MacAdam perform a sophisticated surgery in the modern hospital.
This morning, mission station personnel and people from surrounding villages all gathered together in remember the Lord. This picture shows Bob speaking with a 100-year old woman who is a legend here. In her younger days she would hear a sermon at Chit and carry it in her memory to surrounding villages for two or three weeks.
Returning to Chit, she would listen to another message and repeat the process. She is still active today; though nearly blind she shares the gospel with patients in the hospital wards. What an inspiration!
May 11, 2012, Day 5:
The trip has already been of great value. Last night we visited Lusaka Gospel Hall for their mid-week meeting. Allan Wilks spoke on the “Sufficiency of God.” The night before we were at Lelanda Hall. I had the privilege of speaking on the “Feeding of the 5,000.” We have been very warmly received.
Last night we met with the elders from Lusaka Gospel Hall. God is doing a great work here in Zambia. We came away thinking what we heard about was like the early days of Acts...great interest in the gospel, people being saved, good attendance at the meetings, gospel outreaches at the markets, etc. There are now well over a thousand assemblies. There are good local men here in Lusaka with a care and love for the saints. Much good teaching is needed as you would expect with growing assemblies.
Tonight we attend a rural assembly for ministry and a gospel meeting.
The flight house where we stayed for the first few days is a bee hive of activity with missionaries (assembly and non-assembly) coming and going. There have been 17 people, in addition to Allan, Tom Wilson and myself, just in the last four days.
We all join in sending love. Thanks for your prayers.