Tuesday, April 23
When officers of the church of Central African Presbyterian, Synod of Zambia (CCAP Zambia), first heard about Community Health Evangelism (CHE) in 2010, their immediate reaction was an enthusiastic "Yes!" The synod is passionate about evangelism, but with 60 percent of Zambians living on less than a dollar a day, the cash-strapped synod struggles with Christ's injunctions to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and care for the sick. CHE, a grassroots ministry implemented by community volunteers, promotes both spiritual growth and community development with minimal financial resources.
After receiving funding from the PC(USA) for CHE training, a program is being implemented in Nyimba and Petauke, two rural districts known for high levels of poverty, hunger, and disease. Through the principle of multiplication—neighbors teaching neighbors—CCAP expects during the two-year pilot project that 1,690 community women will improve basic health and sanitation conditions in their homes, experience deepened Christian faith, and benefit from improved self-esteem. This will improve the lives of 7,500 children and youth.
Rev. Bright Ngulube, pastor of the CCAP Nyimba congregation, and Absolom Banda, evangelist for the CCAP Petauke congregation, are spearheading the CHE effort—with training and mentoring from Mr. Lovemore Zulu, CHE national coordinator. CCAP Zambia expects neighboring communities will ask to implement the program as word of it spreads.
—Elder Nancy Collins, PC(USA) regional liaison for East Central Africa
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Nancy Collins, regional liaison, East Central Africa, World Mission • Church of Central Africa Presbyterian-Synod of Zambia: Joel DeJong, team ministry, Rev. Kari Nicewander, discipleship and church growth specialist • Justo Mwale Theological University College: Rev. Dr. Dustin Ellington, professor of New Testament, Sherrill Ellington, English teacher/mission facilitator
Let us pray
Gracious God, thank you that through the CHE program your children can be nurtured and receive hope for a better life. May your Holy Spirit guide and strengthen the program leaders to your glory and praise. In Jesus Christ. Amen.