The following is the report from the HBMZ administrator Matthew Daka concerning their 800 mile round trip to Mansa to deliver training material and encourage the Hub pastors.
We started our journey to Mansa at 7 o’clock am on Good Friday the 29th March 2013. I was accompanied by Brother Sinoya Sakala and my brother Stephen who was our driver. We put a full tank of fuel at the filling station and topped up the brake fluid. The cost of the fuel was K 465 ($93). Passing through Kapri Mposhi we followed great north road toward Serenje. We rested there and had our lunch. We also checked the vehicle and all seemed okay. About half way along Tuta road (Serenje to Mansa) we had our first tire burst in front on the right side of the vehicle. Sakala and I were frightened by the noise of the tire burst as the vehicle was now dragging on the right side of the road. Thank God because my brother did not step on the brakes but concentrated on controlling the steeling. Finally the car stopped on the right side 0f the road and we came off safely praising the Lord for saving us. The front fender was slightly damaged and the right side mirror had been broken by the peeled off rubber from the wheel.
We took the spare wheel and fitted it to the car. We also did some inspection on the remaining tires but the temperature was normal. After completing the replacement of the spare wheel, we started off and drove for less than 10 minutes and we heard another bang on the front tire. This time it was easy for my brother to control the car as we were driving at about 60kpm (35mph). I decided that Brother Sinoya and Stephen remain at the scene to watch for the vehicle while I travel to Samfya to look for spare tires.
I was given a lift by a Good Samaritan on his way to Mansa. While I was in this vehicle on the way to Samfya turn off, we had a tire burst at the rear too! Thank God that they too had a spare wheel which they quickly fitted and we started off on our journey. When we arrived Samfya turn off, I caught another car which took me to Samfya. Since it was a holiday, many shops were closed but I managed to find one which was open and they had the 16 inch tires though they were not the right size as the ones on the vehicle. I bought two new tires $280 and fitted one on the wheel which I had come with.
I took a cab back to the turn off (Samfya/Mansa). Once there I found a mini bus going to Lusaka and I boarded it. It was at about 8:40 PM when I reached our vehicle with Sakala and Stephen. We fitted the wheel onto the car and we drove slowly to Mansa. We arrived at Happy’s, my brother in-law, at midnight.
The following morning, I told my brother Stephen to make another spare wheel with the tire that I bought in Samfya while Sakala and I went to meet the pastors from Lubwe who we asked to come to Mansa. We met the men in town and went Kaluba’s place were the rest of the men were waiting for us and started our meeting with a prayer. I spoke to the pastors on the need to communicate to us after which I explained to them about the hub model. Also Sinoya encouraged the men and shared the vision of HBMZ. After encouraging the brothers, we gave them 3 sets of training manuals. The following are the books which we gave them: – Old Testament part 3, Values of Christ and Gospel and Acts. Two brothers came from Lubwe and after the meeting; we reimbursed them the transport money they had used. We finally had some snacks with the men and left them after a word of prayer.
When we finished we went to Happy’s home and found Stephen had made a spare wheel for the vehicle. He put the new tires in front which were the same size so that the car is balanced. We spent the night with Happy and his family. Early in the morning we left Mansa on our way back to Lusaka using the DRC route which is shorter as we were told that the road has been graded. We crossed into DRCongo and did all the border formalities. The road was bad in some portions, but we had a safe trip and entered Zambia again through the Kasumbalesa border post.
When we crossed over, we decided to meet Robinson Muzeya in Murundu, since he is very near the border. We found him and had a time of fellowship with him. I collected some French manuals which I intend to give to DL Mulenga Nkole so that he can give them to Pst. Makopo (DRC) whenever he asks for the copies. We left Robinson and passed through Mufulira taking the shortest route to Ndola. It was on this road that we had our third tire burst at the rear on the left side. We stopped safely as we were driving slowly and replaced the tire with the spare wheel. When we reached Ndola, I decided that we cannot proceed to Lusaka without a spare wheel. So we had to buy a used tire at K270 ($52) and made a spare wheel.
We finally reached Lusaka safely. The following day I took the car to our friend and mechanic Frank who looked at it and he fixed the fender. What remains is to look for the front right side mirror and fix it. Frank also reminded us that when we get a car from Japan, we need to replace all the tires as these are exposed to the sun and having passed through salt water in the ocean.
Passing through this experience the Lord showed us what needed to be done to the car and kept us safe. I am once again grateful to you our Brothers and Sisters in the US for your prayers. Indeed you are our true friends and partners in this noble work of our King Jesus of bringing many souls to His Kingdom. God bless you all.
Pastor Matthew Daka
HBMZ Administrator Zambia