Pastor Kangwa Chebesa and his wife Fena have traveled to Murundu, Zambia with their niece, as well as four children. Kangwa has taken a position as Pastor Joseph Bwalya's assistant at ENFY's, while Fena is co-teaching at the Debbie Joy school. The village of Murundu has already benefited from the presence of the Chebesa's. Kangwa's mentor, Pastor Joseph, quickly noted that the "coming of the [Chebesa's] has revived us greatly."
The local women's group, a congregation of women that help to provide emotional and physical support for one another, will be Fena's second focus. The women help cook meals for Earn It children and, most importantly, learn to become independent and financially stable through small business creation.
In addition to all of her work, Fena will also be attending college courses to become a teacher while in Zambia.
Pastor Joseph and his family currently have 22 pigs and plan to begin making sausage while sustaining their number of pigs for an ongoing food source. Kangwa and his family will learn about sustainable large-scale farming over the course of the year, including hands-on experience with pigs and chickens.
Kangwa and his family have already felt the heart of the village and their mentors during their short time in Murundu. "You can't imagine how my family has quickly loved Murundu..." he stated.
The Chebesa's internship is a model for development of investments in leadership. LRPI provides the Chebesa's with a monthly salary for their work and, in turn, Fena and Kangwa supply LRPI with monthly reports on their progress. By aiding in the experience, LRPI is able to explore and cultivate ministries that work and reach more of those in need. Our mentors, our children and families like the Chebesa's become conduits of God's love, care and concern for those who need. Through their work at both ENFY's and in Murundu, the Chebesa's and their family will have the skills to perform large-scale farming, empower women, educate others, perform medical care and become self-sustaining.
We pray that God leads our teams on the ground, the Chebesa's mentors and the village of Murundu to embrace Kangwa and his family as they learn and lead with us.