August 5 - 13, 2011
I flew to Washington DC, where we met up
with Dusty & Barbara Miller who came
with us on the trip.
Our first stop was Lusaka, Zambia, where we were
met by the Senior Pastor for
Zambia, Dr. Nyumbu.
In the picture
above, Mike, Dr. Nyumbu, Dusty
& Barbara are standing on a map
of Zambia. Each person is standing where
there is a GCI congregation. (Mike's
represent two churches. The red X that
Mike is pointing to is Lusaka, the
capital city, where we have four
churches. We held a Vacation Bible
School (VBS) in three of these churches.
(pub) that became a church.
Kalaba of the Chawama church was walking
past a bar (pub) one day and some men made
comments to him. He decided to claim the
bar for Jesus and he and his congregation
started praying about it. Soon after, he
saw a "For Sale" sign on the building and
the church was able to purchase it. This
building is in a densly populated area and
there is 70% unemployment, but the church
is growing rapidly.
They hope to
replace this building with one large
enough for 300 people, so each month they
have a "Bring a block" Sunday where people can bring a block to
church as an offering. They stack
blocks up in their small side room which
they use as a kitchen.
was to teach the children what the
gospel message is and give them a way to
remember it and tell their friends. We
did this through songs, crafts, skits,
stories and words with actions.
On the stage
with me is Gift, who translated everything
into Nanja. We are teaching some of the
children actions for the words:
came from Heaven to earth.
lived a perfect life.
died on the cross to
for our sins.
was buried and rose from the dead,
He is in heaven now
us the free gift of eternal life."
morning when we arrived, the children
were all outside practicing their new
songs, and children in the neighborhood were
black, or if you're white,
if you're in between
you're tall, or if you're small,
if you're fat or lean
loves you when you're happy
loves you when you're sad.
loves you when you're very good
when you're very bad.
matter what you look like
matter what you do
loves you ?
children wanted to touch Mike's hair.
Each day we
provided lunch for the children. (In
Zambia they eat with their hands.)
The food shown here is rice, nshima (a
cooked corn meal paste), beans and stew.
Our V.B.S. group at
church in Chongwe meets in the
auditorium of a private school owned by
Snack time - a peanut
butter or jam sandwich.
Janet talk with the kids.
the children who came on time were
entered in a raffle to win a small
out the prizes. Dusty is sitting
The Chongwe VBS
Lusaka congregation meets in a tent on a
plot of land they bought. The
lives in the
concrete block house beside the tent. The
of concrete on the right are
for their new building.
the kids the song "Making Melodies" that
we learned on our Bahamas mission trip.
It is a great opening song that helps
them have fun.
melodies in my heart.......... to
the King of Kings.
Elbows out, feet apart, knees bent,
on a spiral
The shapes they
put in the spirals show the plan of
shape = Heaven is a free gift. It is
not something you work for or deserve.
What keeps us from getting this gift?
Man shape = Man is a sinner and cannot
save himself. There must be a
different way - God's way.
Heart shape = God loves us and wants
us to be in heaven with Him... but we
sin and do not deserve heaven. God
solved this problem by sending Jesus.
Cross shape = Jesus is God. He came
from heaven to earth. He lived a
perfect life. He died on the cross to
pay for our sins. He was buried and
rose from the dead and is in heaven
now offering us the free gift of
eternal life. How do we get this gift
of eternal life? By faith.
Life preserver shape = Saving faith is
not just knowing about God in your
head. Saving faith is not just
temporary. Saving faith is trusting in
Jesus Christ alone for eternal life.
If we trust Jesus how will we live?
Foot shape = We walk with Jesus by
reading our Bible, praying, worshiping
God by how we live our life, going to
church and fellowshiping with other
Christians and by telling others about
hangs on the bottom that has the above
explanation of the shapes, and on the back
it is in their local dialect. They
can take this home and share Jesus with
their family and friends.
children needed a simpler gospel
message: We made balloon animals and told
them about creation, Jesus,
etc and told them one day they will be
kings and priests in heaven. Then
we gave them balloon crowns.
This is a skit
we had the boy help us with. He is
standing on two chairs - one foot on each.
One represents Jesus, the other represents
Satan. The Satan chair - mine - keeps
moving away and he has to make a choice to
move to only one chair, or he will fall.
Choose Jesus or Satan. It also teaches
that rather than trusting what they do -
that they are good enough to have eternal
life - they should trust what Jesus did
for them. On our own we are all sinners
but Jesus died that all our sins can be
forgiven. Trusting that what he did for us
on the cross - paying for all past,
present and future sins - takes a huge
burden of guilt off of us and gives us
confidence to know that we already have
wants to trust Jesus with their life?
Lusaka (and Lilanda) V.B.S. group.
church owns a piece of undeveloped land
where they hope to one day have a
conference center. They can have their
annual conference and youth camp there,
and also rent it out as a source of
income. When we visited, they were
preparing to have their annual church
attending had paid the equivalent of US
have a little
grass hut made that they could sleep in.
interesting to see how these grass huts
showed us how he made a hole in the ground
for the pieces
Here is the
framework for a hut.
The tall dried
grass is tied on with strips of bark.
This still needs
a roof and a door. It's probably about
10ft x 10ft.
They built some
shade for cooking. A space for each
raised funds to put in a water pump. Until
year they had to
haul barrels of water from town each
background is a caretakers house. The
chief who they
bought / leased
the land from requires a caretaker to be
This is a
stand on the branches and use a small
bucket to pour
over yourself. That way you
don't end up standing in
This is a
toilet. Stand on the top / sides and
This is Nsama
Kaoma wife of GCI Africa's Mission
Kalengule Kaoma. Nsama is the one who
encouraged us to
go to Zambia. Pictured behind her are
children. (Mwila, the youngest, whom she
is wearing green.) Nsama said:
trip and the VBS lessons has been such
to our children's ministry. It
and childrens church teachers and gave
zeal to ministering to our children.
still talking about it and singing the
afternoon Mwila was singing the songs
we picked her up from school."