Forgotten Voices' Mission:

"Demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ by equipping local churches in southern Africa to meet the physical & spiritual needs of children orphaned by AIDS in their communities."

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Mpongwe Outreach with Cure International

It was a cold night and the journey seemed not to be ending as we were winding through the thick forest along the dust road to the camp. It took over an hour of driving from the main road and we finally got to our camping site just before midnight. It was in the middle of nowhere; only the bright moon and the stars in the sky gave the light; though, however, at the camp we were also greeted by a large camp fire and a group of youths singing some welcoming choruses for us. It was a joyous moment for everyone and after greeting friends and would be friends, it was time to be served with some hot food prepared from one of the many fires on the camp. After our meal, it was time to bid each other good night as we looked forward to a long day the following morning. Every morning, for the next five days, we had our early morning devotions before we set off for the village to village evangelism.

A team of some pastors partnering with Forgotten Voices International's ministry work in Ndola, Zambia and I, joined with Cure hospital Spiritual ministries team for an evangelism outreach in rural Ndola. The latest outreach was in the villages of Mpongwe, about 120km from Ndola town. We were camping at one of the Copperbelt Brethren in Christ church, whose some of the orphans are currently under the support of the BICC Copperbelt Orphan care ministry, in partnership with FVI for their educational requirements. It is always a joy and indeed part of our focus to witness Christ together with those we offer financial assistance in outreaches like these.

We enjoyed sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the locals as we crisscrossed the village paths walking for over an hour from our base in some instances as we visited villages. The villagers were very welcoming and very receptive to the Word. Over seventy people received Christ as their personal Saviour by the end of six days of our stay.

The whole outreach reminded me of God's commissioning of Isaiah, in Isaiah 6:8, "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, "Here am I. Send me!". The Lord is calling on you and me to answer His call of ministry either through donating to Forgotten Voices' ministry in Southern Africa, or to go out in person and be part of the harvesters; yes, the harvest is plentiful, Matthew 9: 37!

Your fellow servant in God's ministry,


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