Zambia 2014 Pastor Training Seminars

Hope Builders Ministry Zambia

Hope Builders Ministry Zambia

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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.

 

 

 

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The Focus of MISSIONS

Training pastors

Training pastors

What I have observed and concluded to be the greatest need in world missions is the training of native pastors and leaders (men and women) in the Word of God. There are far more pastors than there are opportunities for formal training in many countries. The fact is that most pastors have not been trained in the Word of God. They have not been taught how to study the Bible and then take what they have learned and teach it to the flock among which the Holy Spirit made them overseers.

Add to this need the myriad of false gospels, cults and false teachers/prophets/apostles that are distorting the truth of the Word of God, tempting the undiscerning with gimmicks and tricks and entertainment to grow large “churches” and giving the appearance of God’s favor by the “success” that is seen (oh how western). AND add to this the many (the majority?) Christian missions and ministries today focused on social work in the name of the Gospel. Few focus on feeding the “Bread of Life” which gives eternal life. The Gospel ministry is viewed as a “result” of social ministry, or a secondary event, rather than the primary cause of people “hearing” the Word of truth. “Faith comes by HEARING” the Word of truth. The Gospel is powerful, all by itself, to save anyone who will believe it, that is, Jesus Christ. We cannot add anything to the Gospel to enable it to work. To do so is to dilute it and in fact make it into “a different gospel” which cannot save. (Galatians 1:6-9) Remember that I am talking about “missions” here. I am not talking about what a local church is doing in its local context/culture as it demonstrates the love of Christ and share the Gospel of Christ.

Native Leaders Leading the Mission

Native Leaders Leading the Mission

Concerning the issue of world missions (in the classical sense) I have asked the Lord as I read the Word, “How did Paul and the others effectively establish the Gospel, plant churches and make disciples throughout their world without building buildings, digging wells and establishing social institutions for the betterment of material life?” What was done in the early days of the gospel by the church that so changed their world and OURS?

What was done then is the foundation that we should continue to build upon today. It was not social work. It was by the foolishness of preaching the Gospel and making disciples (maturing believers).  Once the local church was established they were challenged to take care of their own poor and needy. And they die because they had a change of heart and obeyed the Apostle’s teaching from the Word. No longer being self-focused they focused on Christ and others. They cared for their own and lived out the Gospel of Christ in their communities. The Apostles and other missionaries brought the life-changing Word of Jesus Christ.

We should be broken over the poverty of the world which reflects the poverty of the soul without God.

We should be broken over the poverty of the world which reflects the poverty of the soul without God.

Obviously social work has its benefits, but have we gotten the cart before the horse, so to speak? Are we putting the emphasis on the wrong syllable? Have we substituted the powerful Gospel that gives eternal life for a social gospel that only has temporal benefits, if that? Are we prioritizing things that will not last? In the face of horrific poverty around the world many Christian ministries have become NGO’s along with the United Nations and other NGOs .  Though well intentioned, they are terribly inefficient, like most bureaucracies, benefiting the benefactors more than those needing the physical help they are supposed to be helping, spending multiplied millions, even billions and accomplishing little. There is a tremendous transfer of wealth, but the overall social benefit is minimal.

This is a harsh statement but a sad reality I have witnessed in Africa. NGOs (including Christian missions) driving big SUVs, living in nice homes, staying in nice guest houses, eating well, dressing well, basically living large while the poverty and misery increases all around. Christian missions can profoundly distort the Gospel with this kind of picture. Poverty stricken desperate people misunderstand the gospel and project onto it what is not true… health, wealth and comfort, instead of “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and your sins will be forgiven and God will no longer be your enemy but will in fact usher you into His eternal glory.” BUT until then it is toil and trouble and even death for His Name sake. Or have we forgot this? Or did we even know this was part of the equation? Sadly, most of us do not.

What are we to do? In spite of Christianity shrinking in the West (because of our idolatry of “me” and my comfort), it is growing in much of the rest of the world. Africa, China, India, Asia, Central and South America in general continue to see tremendous growth in the number of converts. But many never grow spiritually because they have no shepherds and many misunderstand the true nature of the gospel because of the “foreign” picture portrayed by well meaning “missionaries.” And few are lifted out of poverty, but instead become dependent as social ministry replaces Gospel ministry.

(Have you ever contemplated/calculated the cost of a short-term mission project to travel to a foreign country to build a building and conduct a VBS, for example? We are talking about thousands of dollars in airfare alone. How many “long term” native missionaries could be helped/supported/trained with the kind of money do a better job knowing their language and culture. HBMZambia (all Zambian plus 1 American “ambassador”)  is presently training 2000 native missionary-pastors who will in turn disciple their churches and other pastors with an annual budget under $100,000. About half of this budget helps 25 indigenous disciple making missionaries (overseeing the 2000 in training) and the other half buys and distributes training materials and Bibles.)

What is the answer? What should be the focus of Missions from a western perspective? How can the western church, the American church, make the greatest impact for the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the waning days of western civilization and a post-Christian culture? How can we best use the wealth of resources (dollars) and knowledge we have been blessed with to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world?

Local missionaries know the Language and the culture because it is theirs.

Local missionaries know the Language/s and the culture because it is theirs.

“In a nutshell” the answer is for the western church to focus on equipping the local indigenous church around the world to spread the Gospel. That means entrusting the local leaders whom God has appointed to shepherd their churches with training and material so they can be better equipped to equip their flocks to do the work of the ministry and reproduce more sheep! And this can be done with efficiency both in time and money.

Grassroots, indigenous, biblical discipleship is the key. Equipping indigenous leaders in the Word of God is crucial. Mature leaders develop (disciple) mature Christians. The local church is the foundation of Christ’s gospel ministry around the world. The equipping of indigenous leaders in the Word of God grows the Church and by extension grows the witness of the Gospel around it.

HIMAfrica and HIMIndia, working in association with Hope Builders Ministries, focus on indigenous discipleship (maturing believers) and because of this a huge army is being equipped to “do the work of the ministry.” Local Christians become the source of local ministry living out and speaking out the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ in their communities. They demonstrate the love of Christ as they live sacrificially for the Lord in their own context and culture. As they love God they love people. The people see, as well as, hear the Gospel and they are responding by the thousands.

Mozambique Christians sharing the Gospel with their neighbors

Mozambique Christians sharing the Gospel with their neighbors

Using the “HUB” model of discipleship HIMAfrica and HIMIndia train and equip key leaders to train others who in turn train others.  One man discipling three other men is the model we use. (Or one woman discipling three other women. We encourage pastors to make their wife their FIRST and most important disciple.) Jesus had 3 disciples who were his “inner circle.” Can we see the other 9 disciples as being discipled or led by Peter, James and John?  If we follow 2 Timothy 2:2 and make disciples to the 4th generation (Paul, Timothy, faithful men and others) the discipleship model grows very rapidly. As the Church makes disciples instead of converts the society around them will be affected for the better. As the community becomes Christian and matures they will take better care of themselves, their families and those around them.

Evangelism cannot make the profound difference in the lives of people that disciple making can. Converts rarely become mature Christians without intentional discipleship. In fact, many converts fall away as the devil steals the seed or troubles and cares discourage the new believer because they have not been discipled in the Word of God.

In fact, if ONE Christian would make three disciples this year who in turn make three disciples each next year etc… The world could be totally evangelized in a very short amount of time. Disciple making is multiplication whereas evangelism is addition. If I win 100 people to Christ every year for the next six years there will be 600 souls saved and going to heaven! Praise the LORD! That is great but it is not BEST. However, if I make JUST 3 disciples this year pouring my life into them the rest of my life, teaching them and modeling the ways of Christ from the Word of God, challenging them to follow me as I follow Christ and to make disciples also what would the impact be?

My three disciples could become over 1000 disciples who are making other disciples within 6 years! YOU + 3 + 9 +27+ 84 +252 + 756 = 1231! Imagine that kind of Christ-honoring, God glorifying, life changing, world impacting ministry that would be!

Jesus has called us to make disciples. He saves people and makes them into HIS disciples but we are a crucial part in all of this. He uses our mouths to share the good news and he uses our godly, obedient and holy lives to disciple them. All of it done by the grace of God working in and through us in obedience to the Great Commission in the context of the local church. That should be our personal mission. Matthew 28:18-20 teaches each of us to “Go” in the authority of Jesus Christ with His Gospel to everybody, everywhere, all the time until Jesus Comes. Those who believe this Gospel, trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life, are incorporated into the local church (water baptism is a reflection of the spiritual baptism the new convert has just received), where they are then intentionally taught “all that Jesus commanded, i.e. the Word of God. This is what Jesus has promised to help us do until He returns.

I know that some will take offense at my description of much of modern missions today. For this I am sorry. But without a doubt we know that the Word of God teaches us to declare the Gospel. It must be understood to be believed. Therefore people have to hear it. And we should live in a manner that adorns the Gospel. Yes we should be selfless and sacrificing and caring, but oh let us be careful to not build idols that lead the very ones whom Christ would save away from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Don’t let sentimentality and good intentions replace or overshadow the Gospel which is the ONLY way a person can be saved. When you give someone a drink of Water or a piece of bread do it in “Jesus Name.” Make sure they know where the blessing is coming from. Be sure to share the Water of life, the Bread of life who gives eternal life.

My prayer is that our ministries and missions will bring great glory to our Lord Jesus Christ and encourage His people around the world to make many disciples of Jesus Christ. That is, people who love God supremely and love others selflessly as they share the Gospel that saves eternally.

Blessings,
Jeff Hawkins.

Jeff Hawkins/HIMAfrica is an independent missionary networking with Hope Builders Ministries in Zambia. He founded HIMIndia (Helping Indigenous Missions in India). Through the generous gifts of scores of Christians and several churches in the USA over 2500 men are being trained as pastors in Zambia and India. It is projected that over 4000 will be in training in 2015. By God’s grace thousands of Bibles have been distributed to the Church in Zambia and India, as well as scores of bicycles to indigenous missionaries. HBM Zambia also supports several indigenous orphan projects operated by native Christians in Zambia.

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Testimony from Zambia

Pastor Matthew Daka and wife Judi with Jeff and Lou Ann

Pastor Matthew Daka and wife Judi with Jeff and Lou Ann

TESTIMONY from Matthew Daka, HBM Zambia Administrator

During the time I have been working with Hope Builders Ministries Zambia, I have seen many things which the Lord has done here in partnership with HBM USA and local Indigenous pastors. Much of what I am going to share is based on growth of this ministry.

1. Discipleship and Pastoral Training
Hope Builders Ministry has now reached all the 10 provinces of Zambia. Western and Eastern provinces were the last 2 provinces to be reached. In Western province, I have met Bishop James Nswana who is based in Mongu which is the capital of the province. James has started training 3 pastors in Mungu who will train others and plant new 3 churches. Initially, James was ready to start with more than 20 pastors in this province but I had to ask him to choose 3 for a start. In Eastern province, Pastor Joseph Phiri who is our Regional leader in the Northern Province has opened hubs in Petauke, Chipata and Lundazi. The training of pastors in this province is going on well.

Pastor Daka teaching the Word

Pastor Daka teaching the Word

As HBMZ Administrator, I want to testify that the demand for enrollment of pastors who want to be trained has multiplied. I have been receiving requests from all the districts in Zambia from our pastors who are being asked to start receiving new pastors for training. Some churches in the villages are asking their pastors to train with HBMZ as they are not willing to be led by untrained pastors.

All the pastors who started training in 2012 and 2013 now have 3 disciples each in training. Apart from training their 3 men, these pastors are teaching the members of their congregation what they are learning. In some villages, even headmen have been converted and many people are being saved daily because of what HBMZ through these men are doing. I thank God for the wonderful training materials which our pastors are receiving from Hope Builders Ministries USA.

Receiving Bibles to distribute in their Regions of ministry

Receiving Bibles to distribute in their Regions of ministry

2. Church Planting and Bible Distribution
As a result many called out men being trained, I have seen and bear testimony to the multiplication of many Bible believing churches in all our districts. In Muchinga province for instance, Pastor Fighton Chilufya, one of the district leaders, has reported to me that more than 100 churches have been started. Brother Fighton is based in Mpika which is one of the largest districts in Zambia. Many people who live in these remote areas are so poor and their way of life is different from those who live in towns. HBMZ is focused to planting many Bible believing churches in these rural areas.

Our greatest challenge is Bibles for pastors who are being trained. Hope Builders Ministries USA has been helping us to give Bibles to the pastors who are being trained. However, I as the National Administrator, I have noted that the demand for Bibles is so huge. DONATE

During the month of June this year, Brother Jeff (HBM Zambia Coordinator) and 2 other American Brothers will be visiting us. We shall have Bible teaching Conferences in 3 provinces, namely, Central, Copperbelt and Northwestern. We also plan to give Bibles to our pastors but this depends on your support. Finally, I am asking for your prayers as we travel on our Zambian roads which are bad more especially in the remote areas.

Thank you so much for everything you have been doing in supporting us.
Reporting,
Pastor Matthew Daka,
HBMZ Administrator

(YOUR prayers and gifts are appreciated. GIVE HERE or mail check to HBM, P.O. Box 317, Greenwood, VA 22943 Designate HBMZambia)

Pastor Kallen on RT

Pastor Kallen on RT

3. Testimony From Kallen Musonda – Kitwe
Ever since I joined Hope Builders Ministries, my mind set has been changed and challenged for better. Before, I was limited to my local church and denomination only, but now I have been challenged through the training to think of all Zambia and even the world and look at the work of God on a much broader perspective, going beyond the 4 corners of the church and disciple people.

After the change in my perception of the work of God, the local church that God has given me the responsibility to pastor and oversee his people started growing spiritually and numerically. It is true Brothers, “you grow a pastor, and you grow a church.” The growth of a pastor is an increasing blessing to the local church and the Kingdom of God. Hope Builders Ministries will never make the local church go down; it will always make the work of God grow. Let us do our part, God is ready to do his part and the result will always be amazing.

Hope Builders Ministries Zambia is an indigenous ministry in Zambia with a mission to train pastors in the Word of God and provide biblical strategy to multiply disciples of Christ through the country and the world.

Hope Builders Ministries is partnered with HBMZ to provide resources (bible training, bibles, bicycles, motorcycles, business loans, Dignity Project support) to help them declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Zambia and neighboring countries.

Thank you for your SUPPORT and prayers!

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Testimonies from ODISHA India

PASTOR PRABIN SIPKA AND SUSMA

Pastor Prabin Sipka and wife Susama

In February 2013, by God’s Grace and calling, I was able to go to India and partner with Stephen Prasad to begin HIMIndia, Helping Indigenous Missions in India, training pastors in the Word of God. Today there are hundreds of pastors receiving Bible training using the Mini Bible College lessons prepared by the late Dick Woodward and made available through International Cooperating Ministries.

DSCN9079children lunch timeIn February 2014 Stephen and I visited Odisha State and the ministry of Bethel Association. Pastor Prabin Sipka and his wife Susama conduct a school caring for children from 5 to 25 years of age. There is also an active orphan ministry caring for hundreds of single and double orphaned children both on campus and from the surrounding community.

 

Pastor's gathered at Bethel with HIMIndia

Pastor’s gathered at Bethel with HIMIndia

Along with this Pastor Sipka has organized an association of hundreds of pastors networking together in ministry and studying the Word of God together. HIMIndia is providing the training resources for their training using the Mini Bible College and supplemental materials. Bibles and other ministry resources are needed.

Prayerfully consider being a part of this ministry. 2 Timothy 2:2 challenges us to be disciple makers passing on the teaching of the Word of God to those who can teach others. YOU can help. A financial gift of as little as $25 a month will have a huge impact on helping these poor rural pastors train their people in the Word of God and win many to Christ in this country of 1.3 Billion souls. Fewer than 2% of the people are Christian in name and many of these are untrained in the Word of God. You can help by helping us to train pastors in the Word of truth.

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Without faith it is impossible to please God. To have the kind of faith that pleases God the people of God must understand and obey the Word of God.

Help HIMIndia to train pastors in the Word and strengthen and encourage the Lord’s Church in India.

Below are some testimonies sent to me from Pastor Sipka in Odisha State. Remember this is an idolatrous nation. The people coming out of this idolatry are on a journey to the Truth, Jesus Christ, the ONE true and living God. Christians in Odisha State suffered deadly persecution in 2008. Hundreds were murdered and over 50,000 are still living in ghettos, not being allowed to return to their villages and homes. It is not “easy” to be a Christian in India.

Pastor Jeff,
We hope you are doing well and that your preparation for Zambia is going good!  We just wanted to update you on what has been happening here the last few months.  We have collected testimonies from our pastors, and each and everyone explained to us how encouraged they have been since our Pastor’s Meeting in February.  Many of our Pastors have experienced God’s hand and faithfulness through preparing many healing miracles for people that they pray for.  Along with this, we have been able to see many new believers committing to worship Jesus. 
The month of May means that there is a break from school, so we have been able to put on an eight day Vacation Bible School program for 40 children for the colony nearby our home.  These children, along with the families who sat outside to watch the activities, were able to learn more about who Jesus is and ask questions about His love.  Also, because of the holiday, our Bethel children have been able to watch many films about the Bible and miracles God performs.  We will hold a special VBS at the end of May.  
A big change that has occurred on our campus is that we are caring for 150 extra boys for the next year.  They are children supported through a ministry in Chennai, but were in need of care this year while they develop and make changes to their ministry.  This ministry was able to provide us funds to care for these children, and because of those funds we have been able to create a conference hall on top of our school building.  We will use this new hall for a classroom, study room, prayer, and Friday and Sunday worship!  Praise God with us for answering this need.
Please continue to pray for our ministry and the needs of our Pastors.  We trust and pray that God is blessing you and that He will lead and guide you and provide for every need you have. 
With love and regards,
Pastor Prabin & Susama Sipka
Field Report from pastorBunki’s Miracle
When Bunki found out she was pregnant for the third time, she was more than a little skeptical.  After two miscarriages, she sent a prayer request to Pastor Prabin at Bethel Association, asking that the Lord would grant her a good and healthy baby.  When she went to the doctor for her first ultrasound after finding out she was pregnant, they were devastated when told that the baby was growing in the fallopian tube.  This Hindu woman knew that her current pregnancy was a gift from the Lord, and instead of terminating the pregnancy as she was advised to do, she turned to prayer along with everyone at Bethel.  A month of two later, she went back to the doctor and was told that through a miracle, her baby was now healthy and growing in her uterus.  Now Bunki’s baby is a three month old happy and thriving girl!  Bunki along with her entire family is now trusting in Jesus Christ and is no longer worshipping Hindu idols.  Through studying scripture, prayer & worship, we believe that one day soon they will completely surrender to the one true God!
 
Sadanada Jena
I grew up in a Hindu family where we worshipped the Devil.  June 15, 1997, one forest guard told me that Jesus is king, and after hearing this I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior.  Then on February 5, 1999, I received water baptized.  From that day on, I have been living and doing God’s work.  To this date, I have led 30 families to Christ and have continued to disciple them.  Other than these families, I have 5 families from outside villages who attend the Church I pastor. 
 
My family is continually worshipping Jesus, but we are facing persecution from our village.  Within the last few years, they threatened to cast us out of society, but recently God has quieted their mouths and they no longer threaten us.  Please pray for my family and my church members that God will lead and guide us.  As you pray for us, we are daily praying for you.
 
 
Raj Kumar Pradhan
I have three congregations that I pastor.  God has given the chance for our three congregatiosn to experience more and more people coming to know Jesus.  I am working to distribute literature and preach the Gospel.
In my village, a wife of a Hindu priest came to me, requesting prayer.  She asked our congregation to pray that God would provide them with a boy baby.  Upon delivery, they saw God had answered their prayers and their family turned from Hinduism, and now believe in Jesus Christ.  This happened in March, 2014.
 
In the time since Pastor Jeff’s meeting in February, we have spent much more time in prayer and have been working more for Jesus.  One man in particular, Surash, was tormented by devil spirits for months.  He tried all he could to get rid of the devil spirit, such as going to Hindu priests and those performing witchcraft.  It wasn’t until Surash came to us for prayer that the devil spirit fled his body.  He has now accepted Jesus Christ, and he, along with 20 other members of my congregation have received water baptism this past month. 
Please pray that each family in our congregation will be able to be provided with a Bible and also pray that our believers will grow in their faith. 
 
Ashok Pradhan
I am working in and preaching the Gospel within ten different villages.  God has produced many miracles within my life.  Everyone within my home village is Hindu, so no one was preaching within this area.  When I was small, God chose me and I began to preach to all within my village.  One man within a particular village, Mundipanga, was mute since birth.  That man traveled to many Hindu places to worship.  Finally he came to our church and now, He is speaking!  Eight people within his family now praise Jesus Christ! 
In another family, one boy was incredibly sick with a fever.  They tried many different witch craft tricks, but he did not experience complete healing until he came to us for prayer.  Because of his testimony, five people have accepted Christ and are preparing for baptism.  Please pray for my church members and Bibles for each member.
 
Pranaya Kumar Lohara
I am working in Belamguda Village.  In this village, 25 families have accepted Jesus.  In Belamguda, we have experienced many different persecutions, but I am continuing to serve here.  I distribute literature and preach the Gospel.  I am often severely beat and mocked, but I continue to preach and work for Christ.  After Pastor Jeff’s meeting, we have experienced four people accepting Jesus and many others have been interested in attending my church. 
For a long time, my congregation has been praying for one drunkard in our village.  After many prayers, God broke the cycle of alcoholism in this man, and his entire family has now accepted Jesus.
My people in my congregation are very poor.  We are not able to afford a church building, but we are praying in a small veranda.  Please pray that God will provide a church building for us.    Right now, five people are ready to receive water baptism.   Please pray for the people in my congregation to grow in their prayer life.  Pray for this village, that all non-Christians will come to know Jesus. 
 
Taku Mishal
This past Easter, we were able to celebrate the risen Christ in a new way.  During our worship, a Hindu women was carried into our church.   This woman was carried in laying on a bed because she had been experiencing here period many, many days, and came to us for prayer.  Together, we all prayed for this woman on Easter, and God filled her with strength.  She was able to sit up, and now has energy that allows her to attend church. 
This past month while distributing tracts, two Hindu men began asking me questions and are now attending church.  Praise the Lord that they are preparing to receive water baptism.  Please pray for me and my family as well as my church members. 
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A More Sure Word

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“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.” (2 Peter 1:19)

In this important passage, Peter explains the ultimate source of his writings. He did not merely repeat cunningly devised fables when he taught majestic things about the Lord Jesus Christ, but was himself an “eyewitness” of His glory and personally heard the very voice of God on the Mount of Transfiguration (vv. 16-18). The three chosen disciples witnessed His prophesied glory and heard God speak of Christ’s pleasing Sonship. There could be no doubt of God’s special plan for His Son. As eyewitnesses, they bore the onus of bearing witness to the facts.

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HUB Training in India

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Zambia Pastor Training

Pastor Titus Shampande and rural Solwezi HUB

Pastor Titus Shampande and rural Solwezi HUB

In June Pastor Jeff Hawkins, Pastor Steven Slater and Travis Milner will be joining the HBMZambia team training pastors in 6 conferences in the Central, Copperbelt and Northwestern Provinces. We are expecting 400 to 600 rural pastors to attend. The teachings will focus on the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, His life and ministry from His birth to His ascension and what it means to our salvation and our daily lives.

This will be a 4 week trip and cover about 2000 miles. The teaching team will live with the pastors during each of the 6 conferences.

Zambia is a developing country that continues to struggle with the averse effects of poverty and corruption. 86% of the population of over 13 million souls live below the poverty line. Over a third of the children are malnourished and 40% do not have access to clean water and proper sanitation. This is especially true in the rural areas. Education is improving but it is thought that upwards of 90% of the rural population (65% of the people) are illiterate. Many sicknesses still plague the country from malaria and cholera to AIDS.

HUB Conference and Bible DistributionZambia is also a very “Christian” country. It is strategically located in the center of Sub-Sahara Africa and landlocked between 8 other countries. Some reports have Zambia listed as 87% Christian. From my personal experience I do not see this, but Christianity does have a huge impact on this country. 25% of the Christians are considered to be evangelical. BUT the great need is Bible training. “Christian” cults like the New Apostolic Church abound. False teaching is prevalent with most congregations being influence by the “Prosperity Gospel.” Many are preaching false gospels and motivate by money and selfishness.

Because of the lack of good Bible training superficiality and ignorance abound in the church. “Too few know the Word of God and how to live the Christian life.”

Zambia District LeadersThis is why Hope Builders Ministries has partnered with indigenous pastors to form Hope Builders Ministries Zambia. This indigenous led ministry has a vision to “saturate Zambia with Bible believing churches who have trained pastors.” Since 2007 HBM has shepherded the training of thousands of pastors and helped plant over 2000 new churches. HBMZambia has now taken the lead in training more pastors and planting more churches. Over 1500 pastors are being trained in a discipleship model by fellow pastors who have received the 3 year bible training from HBM.

Teaching the Word

Teaching the Word

HIMAfrica/Jeff Hawkins has partnered with HBMZ to provide the resources their pastors need for Bible training and ministry. The Bible Conferences are supplemental training and an encouragement to the brothers who are thankful for the help from their American brothers and sisters.

We are asking God to provide $15,000 to fund the pastor conferences in June and purchase 600 study Bibles for the attendees.  Give here or mail to Hope Builders Ministries, POBox 317, Greenwood, VA 22943

You can contact Jeff@HIMAfrica.com for more information. Jeff is available to speak in your church or small group by appointment.

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