The LMC-Africa team is pregnant with expectation as to what the LORD is going to do in 2018 in Africa and around the world. We are preparing our hearts and souls to be part of a world-wide Holy Spirit led revival that will transform the nations. We believe that this will not be a localized or regional revival, a denominational revival, a national revival or even a revival birthed in any way by an individual or group of related individuals, but rather a revival of ‘simultaneous combustible ignition’ within every nation of the earth…none withstanding!
The perfect fuel is being prepared in the hearts of men and women that have consecrated themselves unto the LORD [JOSHUA 3:5], that are “hungering and thirsting after righteousness” [MATTHEW 5:6 ], those who have been in a dry place where their souls have been crying out to God for His presence and purpose [PSALM 42:1]. These hungry and holy ones are the perfect fuel for the revival that is coming. These are the hidden ones, living lives of seeming insignificance, but being prepared in the secret place, living in expectation and anticipation until SUDDENLY….
LORD, that we would carry the torch of ignition into the nations. That we would link arms with those that you are raising up as part of this army of incindiary initiators, carrying the Holy Spirit fire of revival into every city, town & village [MATTHEW 24:13, 28:19-20; MARK 16:15; ACTS 1:8]
For LMC-Africa, 2017 was a year of CONSOLIDATION & PREPARATION as we moved to refocus our time, energy and resources on the original Divine mandate of the ministry – “To train and mentor indigenous rural evangelists and church planters to take the Good News of Jesus Christ to the remotest villages of Southern Africa and to demonstrate the Father’s Love – by word and deed. To go to those who dwell in darkness, poverty, hopelessness and despair, so as to offer them a new vision for their future [JEREMIAH 29:11], a future of light, hope and purpose, as we partner together with them, to see God’s Kingdom established in their hearts and on the earth.
“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” [MATTHEW 6:10]
LMC-Africa is recommitted to fulfilling this Divine mandate by utilizing a three tier strategy:
1] INSPIRING & IMPLANTING A RURAL MISSIONS VISION IN THE INDIGENOUS CHURCH
We are implanting a missional vision in the heart’s of local urban church leadership by the use of the world-class ‘LIVE SCHOOL’ missions training curriculum developed by our international missions partners at World Mission Centre. Their 240-hour, Seminary accredited, digital training course is presented by some of the world’s leading missiologists and serves to inspire the urban church to launch out into rural missions.
LMC-Africa has established (8) ‘LIVE SCHOOLS’ to date in (3) Southern African nations (Botswana, South Africa and Zambia) and are planning to initiate (8) more in 2018 in an additional (6) Southern African nations (Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, & Zimbabwe).
‘LIVE SCHOOL’ GRADUATING CLASS – MAHIKENG, SOUTH AFRICA
2] IMPARTATION OF A RURAL MISSIONS VISION
Starting in 2018, we will select (16) young men annually, that have been recommended by the ‘LIVE SCHOOL’ classes, and who have a passion for rural missions and a heart for rural church planting. These will undergo a month of intense, rigorous rural missions training and discipleship at the LMC-Africa base camp in Kazungula, Zambia. This very practical training course will include village outreaches, focused & demonstrated teaching, mentoring & discipleship, as well as practical life-skills training, to include farming, irrigation techniques, well-drilling, water purification, carpentry, forestry, etc
3] IMPLEMENTATION OF A RURAL MISSIONS PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
In 2018, we will continue to coordinate partnerships between U.S. and Southern African churches and other groups to support worthy village-based projects being run by these rural church planters, such as well-drilling, formation of primary schools, job creation, farming, small businesses, etc
Two recent examples of these valuable partnerships are Pastor Steve & Sarah Pennell‘s support for Evangelist Fynn Khondowe, as he plants churches and *’bridge’ schools in the villages scattered along the **Mulobezi railway line, as well as, The Gathering of Jupiter‘s support for Elder Gladson Sialumwemwe and the ***Flying Colours Preparatory School for ‘at risk’ children in Kazungula, Zambia.
‘BRIDGE’ SCHOOL KIDS IN NGWESI, ZAMBIA ‘FLYING COLOURS’ KIDS
In addition, we are developing Adult Job-skills training programs at the Kanzungula base camp, not only for preparing the rural church planters, but also for raising up skilled workers in the local ****Kazungula district.
SPECIFIC GOALS FOR 2018
Other than those plans relating to the multiplication of the ‘LIVE SCHOOL’ network mentioned above and the initiation of the (2) 1-month Rural Church Planters training & mentoring courses (one in MAY and one in AUGUST), we have a number of goals that we hope to achieve in 2018 :
- Completing & equipping of the LMC-Africa campsite Dining / Meeting Hall
- The running in and distribution of electricity to the LMC-Africa base camp
- Drilling a water well on the base camp, to ensure adequate, consistent water and as a training ground for the future well-drilling operations planned for the villages, where LMC-Africa evangelists and rural church planters are or will be active
- Establishment of an experimental farm at the base camp
- An LMC-Africa Leadership & Marriage conference in June at the base camp
- A large evangelistic crusade in Livingstone / Kazungula region in partnership with the local churches and U.S. Evangelist Rick Branson of Living Waters Ministries
- Establishment of (5) zones of influence in Southern Africa and allocation of responsibility for each zone to one of LMC-Africa‘s leadership team
To God be the Glory!
“I have sometimes seen in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been.” – Robert Moffat (1839)
*‘Bridge’ schools are being established in the villages where LMC-Africa is active, to provide an educational ‘bridge’ for the younger village children (younger than 8- or 9-years old), who are unable to walk to the nearest government school (which may be 5 – 10 miles away, sometimes more). The local community is involved in hiring a teacher who instructs the children based on a Christian worldview until they are old enough to walk to the government primary school. Recent experience has shown us that these village ‘bridge’ school kids, once they have transitioned over to the local government school, actually ‘test out’ higher than their peers who have been educated in the government education system since kindergarten.
**Mulobezi is a small town in the Western Province of Zambia, and is the center of its timber industry. Extensive forests of Zambian Teak grow on the sandy soils of the south-west part of the Southern Province and the south-east part of Western Province. To extract the timber the Mulobezi Railway was built from Livingstone in the 1920’s and once extended beyond Mulobezi to the north-west. Today commercially viable stocks of the slow-growing teak trees are virtually used up and the timber industry is a shadow of its former self.
***The ‘Flying Colours Preparatory School’ is an elementary school for ‘at risk’ children. These are children that would not be able to get an education in the government education system, but likely would end up on the dusty streets of Kazungula begging, or worse. There are a number of reasons for the predicament of these children.
- Their parents may be extremely poor and cannot provide the uniform and book fees required to go to a government school
- Due to the systemic overcrowding at the local government school, particularly in the 1st Grade, the extremely poor have no influence or ability to get their children into the intake quota for the 1st grade
- Some of the children at ‘Flying Colours‘ are from single-parent homes where the mother may be engaging in a high risk life-style, is young and unwilling or unable to support their children’s educational needs
- Others have lost both parents to HIV-Aids and live with relatives who are unwilling or unable to support their educational needs
****Kazungula District is a district of Zambia, located in the Southern Province. The capital lies at Kazungula. As of the 2000 Zambian Census, the district had a population of 68,265 people