Apostolic Company in Action

Over at From Distant Quarters, blog of my friend, John Lietzel, an update is given on the work that is taking place in Zambia and Zimbabwe. John writes:

For the final week of the Hope College May-June Term, Global Horizons sent Alan Scotland, Barry Fitzpatrick, and Ian Rawley [part of the core team] here to Lusaka at the same time. They taught the Diploma students, then on the weekend we hosted a Leadership Summit for about fifty pastors from Zambia and Zimbabwe. This Summit represented the coming together of six different church networks, expressing a desire for a greater relationship with one another. As we’re seeking to strengthen our brothers and sisters in leadership in Southern Africa, this Summit was a significant step–and a powerful time together.

If you know African culture, or planet earth culture in general, you know it is hard for groups to come together, to form team. Especially men! But God has been opening the doors for us to see the leaders of these African church networks come together to form a more connected and strengthened core team, that the evangel of the kingdom might be better proclaimed in southern Africa.

This is Africa’s time! It’s exciting news!

Return from Zambia

Yesterday, I returned from my trip out to be with our ministry friends and to teach at Hope College in Lusaka, Zambia. I tried to explain to the Zambians and Zimbabweans that I would be more blessed than be a blessing. I only hope they understand the truth of that statement. This is a wonderful time for Africa, and other developing areas of the world, to help us move forward into the purposes of God for the 21st century. I only hope we can receive in the west.

If interested, I am posting my teaching notes here. These notes are an introduction to Genesis, hermeneutics and biblical themes beginning in Genesis.

PDF document: Genesis & Bible Themes

Zimbabwe Orphanage

This blog post is a little different from my usual, but I thought it would be interesting to do something a little out of the norm.

I currently lead Cornerstone International Church in the Brussels, Belgium, area. Cornerstone is part of the family of churches known as Lifelink International. Lifelink is a smaller network of churches and ministries across the UK, USA, mainland Europe and Africa, with close links in India and China, all with the purpose of supporting one another in the role God has given us in the advance of His kingdom.

Something that has been impressed upon the hearts of the leaders within Lifelink is that of supporting a special project with the churches of Zimbabwe. The project is to help strengthen the ‘Rekai Tangwena Children’s Home’, which already exists in Nyanga, Zimbabwe. This home originated out of the increasing need to care for orphans and vulnerable children, resulting primarily from the high incidence of HIV-AIDS in Zimbabwe.

The children’s home is currently run by those in Holy Cross Church under the direction of Livingstone Nerwande, the founder of the home and Holy Cross. There are currently 20 children between the ages of 5 and 18 being cared for at the home. Through partnerships with churches in the UK, it has been possible to make some improvements on the home. However, this site is poorly suited to the needs of a children’s home.

Thus, the vision is to create an Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) center on a new site. The church in Nyanga has already acquired the land for this site. With continued support from churches in the UK, a perimeter fence was initially erected and the construction of a ‘mini-village’ is now on its way. The OVC center will accommodate up to thirty children, each home consisting of six children and a house parent. The center will also include accommodation for staff members and visitors; office space and leisure facilities such as a sports ground and television room; a grain mill, chicken run and kitchen gardens for education and income generation.

Some £75,000 has already been raised with the ultimate goal of reaching £120,000. You can view the video below to get a glimpse into this wonderful and much needed project: