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Find a mission worker — Zambia

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Nancy Collins - Regional Liaison for East  Africa (Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia)

Dustin and Sherri Ellington

Kari Nicewander and Joel DeJong

Learn more about the work of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Zambia.

Zambia has a population of 12.9 million people, which includes some 70 ethnic groups. An estimated 50 to 75 percent of the population identify themselves as Christian. Most other Zambians are either Muslim or Hindu. Presbyterianism was introduced into Zambia by Scottish missionaries in the 1860s. The churches in Zambia, like those in other parts of Africa, struggle with leadership needs because of fast growth. Zambia has a per capita gross domestic product of $1,500, which ranks it 200th among the 227 countries of the world. In addition to poverty, Zambia struggles with the burdens created by the rapid spread of infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS. Zambia has one of the world’s most widespread rates of HIV/AIDS infection. More than one in every seven adults in the country is living with HIV/AIDS, and life expectancy at birth has fallen to just 39 years.

Nancy Collins

regional liaison for East Central Africa (Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia)

As regional liaison for East Central Africa, Nancy facilitates PC(USA) relationships with partner churches and institutions in Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, and Zambia. Her special focus is on partners’ work related to evangelism, leadership development, and church growth. Nancy also provides support for other mission personnel in the region and assists PC(USA) congregations and presbyteries that are in or that want to be in a relationship with partners in East Central Africa. Home presbytery: Southern New England/Des Moines; Learn more
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Dustin and Sherri Ellington

Dustin and Sherri are assigned to Justo Mwale Theological College, where Dustin teaches New Testament, Greek, and preaching. Sherri has assisted with the Women’s Ministry program, teaching English and helping students improve their writing skills. The college trains future pastors for service in Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and beyond. In this region of Africa, the church has grown exponentially in the last two or three generations and has claimed a central role in solving the region’s societal problems. Justo Mwale helps meet the church’s critical need for more trained leaders. Home presbytery: San Joaquin/New Hope; Learn more
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Kari Nicewander and Joel Dejong

“We have good news to share,” write Kari and Joel. “We follow a God who loves us and cares for our spiritual, physical, and emotional health; a God who wants us to be whole.” In Zambia, Kari serves as the evangelism and church growth specialist for The Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), Synod of Zambia, and as the interim site coordinator of the Young Adult Volunteer program. Joel helps to design and produce materials that effectively share stories of the Synod of Zambia’s work with its partners. Kari and Joel believe that God wants everyone to be full of Christ’s joy. “Our family has experienced this joy, but we have also witnessed the pain that infects communities through disease and poverty,” they share. “We feel deeply blessed to follow our call to address spiritual and physical health in partnership with Church of Central Africa Presbyterian-Zambia. Home ecclesiastical body: Edgewood United Church, East Lansing, MI; Learn more
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