Fena & Hilda with the children.
For the next year, the Chebesa family of Tanzania will be participating in an internship with ENFY's and the Debbie Joy Memorial School, gaining on-the-job training for their future ministry work. Murundu Women's Group at work.
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."
Fena's time is split between the school and helping to work with the Murundu women's group. At the school, Fena is mentored by Hilda, Pastor Joseph's wife. Hilda and Fena supply Earn It children will daily meals and an education that the children would otherwise go without. Pastor Joseph has so far raised 22 pigs.
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.
Kangwa will spend his year focusing on large-scale farming and mentorship of the village's young men. Earn It boys help with the chicken coop.
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.
The Earn It boys and Pastor Joseph's family have been working for years on the chicken coops of Murundu and will be able to show Kangwa the efforts of all their hard work, as well as the skills needed to duplicate their successes. The White Star Academy soccer team in prayer.
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.
Kwanga has his own mentor in Pastor Joseph, but he has quickly become a great model for the young men of the village to look up to as well. The White Star Academy soccer team has benefited greatly from the presence of Kangwa, who can be seen leading the boys in prayer.
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.
Martinz Bwalya Kampamba is a man who truly takes God's commandment to "care for widows and orphans" (James 1:27) to heart. He has worked with LRPI since 2006, first as an STS club leader, then as the Earn-It Manager. This past June, he earned a degree in Public Health Counseling that will allow him to better follow God's call of ministry in his life. He spent 1 year and 9 months making the 68 kilometer (42 mile) trek from Mufulira, Zambia, to the Bolton Institute of Health in Ndola, Zambia, taking courses in Public Health, Health Literacy, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselling, and many others. This degree allows him to work as a public health inspector for the Ministry of Health, as an enrollment officer for the Ministry of Land Clearing, or for the Ministry of Education as a careers master and school adviser. However, he chooses to continue working with LRPI as the Earn-It manager. The reasoning behind that career choice lies in his inspiration for earning this degree in the first place. In his words: "I was inspired by the work that [LRPI was] doing in Zambia, that I should have a skill that will see me to do this work to promote your effort in helping Zambian youth and improve their lives both physically and spiritually."
Martinz at graduation from the Bolton Health and Education Institute, June 2013.
Martinz is so committed to helping the Zambian youth that he, his wife, and their daughter have recently moved into a house with 6 boys who are in the Earn-It program. The House is close to the high school that the boys attend.
Innocent Musonda, a member of the Earn-It program, in front of the house he will share with Martinz' family and 5 other Earn-It members.
LRPI is truly blessed to partner with such dedicated, faithful brothers and sisters in Christ. Please keep Martinz and his family, as well as the Earn-It program, in your prayers as God continues to work through it.
The LRPI Agape Orphanage Center Caregivers Group in Dar es Salaam has taken on a new project to provide self-sufficient income to caregivers. The group, consisting of four women, is partnering with Pastor Kangwa and Fena Chibesa to create tie-dyed skirts for sale in local markets.
The women have been tirelessly learning the aspects of skirt design, pattern and dying techniques to create a product that will drive a profit for their homes.
A local mentor, Mrs. Ambali, has spent countless hours with the women, advising them on the methods of pattern-making and finishing. Each woman spends about six to ten hours a day in the group, creating skirts for sale.
Prior to the skirts being placed into production, the women met as a group to review theories for profitable success and created a business plan.
The women will begin selling the skirts in Dar es Salaam markets within the next couple of months with the support of Life Restoration Partners in Tanzania.
AWANA FIELD REPORT BY BROTHER
MURUNDU AWANA CLUB 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2VS
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lust we should live righteously and godly in the present age. This is the main reason for the existence of AWANA club in our village. We have been mandated by the Commander in chief to preach and reach out to people out there with the gospel
because it is the reason why we are saved. The overwhelming response of the clubbers in the village has been one of our biggest tool in doing the work of the Lord. We are grateful to God that he has made this work possible.
In the early days of the existence of AWANA, people never even understood what AWANA meant. They thought it is something that was misleading their kids. They could come during the programme, take up their kids and beat them in our presence and tell them to stop attending our AWANA programme. Parents tried by all means to stop their children from attending our programme, but those efforts were all in vain because the word was already in the kids so they could not be stopped. This time around, as I write this report, I am
glad to say that today parents are now encouraging their children to attend the
AWANA programme because of the many positive benefits they have seen in the
growth of their children not only in stature but also in the spirit.
The greatest gift God gave us was love through his only begotten son Christ by dying on the cross for our sins so that our generation be saved. The kids of today are leaders of tomorrow. That is why when you look at our target you will see that we are targeting the kids mostly in our programmes. We know for sure that they are the ones that will lead the country in the shortest near future, so if we impart the word of God in them, the country and the world will be a better place to live in. The leaders will lead the world on very strong Christian values as they will have known and understood Christian values in strong terms.
Just recently we had AWANA inter district games which was held in Mufulira. We saw a great number of kids turning up for the programme-Chingola, Chillilabombwe, Ndola, Kitwe,Chambishi, Luanshya and of course Mufulira the hosts. We had three big buses from Murundu.(Murundu is the community served by the Enfys program and LRPI). We had a great time together with the kids. We could see and feel the impact of the word of God in the kids as they responded to the teachings and games positively. Chingola, Chambishi and Chililabombwe were pronounced winners at the prize giving.We saw wonders
in the clubbers on that day, 29 July. It will always be a great day in my life because of what happened.
"Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity.
"1 Timothy 4:12 (The Message)Early last year, Joseph and Hilda Bwalya, along with their teenagers Conceptor and Margaret, realized that the youth of their community needed a fun, safe environment in which they could learn about Jesus. There was no youth group at the time, so they decided to start one, and thus the Enfys Youth Group began. It is led by Maxwell, a twenty-something who is the main teacher at the Enfys school; Conceptor; and Nicolas, a young assistant teacher at Enfys. The primary theme is simple, yet profound: study God's Word to learn Who God is. Each week, about 50 teens attend a program that
includes prayer, singing, dancing, skits, lessons, entertainment, and breakout sessions for small group discussions. Each week, Conceptor, Maxwell, or Nicholas gives a talk to the whole group about one or more of the group's 5 objectives:
1. Entrepreneurship skills
2. Human rights
3. Care of orphans and vulnerable children
4. Promoting talent identification
5. Youth involvement in civic issues.These youth take this group, and discipleship, seriously. They meet to go door-to-door and evangelize un-churched members of their community, visit nursing homes to help the residents, or visit the market to do community service such as cleaning. They also have a
boys football (soccer) team for the boys and a girls net ball (similar to Ultimate Frisbee, but with a basketball) team that play teams from other area churches and are fantastically popular with youth group and non-youth group members alike. This group is
very interested in connecting with youth groups in the US to share ideas and to encourage one another. Some
challenges and needs for which they could use prayer and support are:
- Lack of teaching materials and innovative ideas for activities/outreach/teaching/fun
games to attract new members.
- Some teens have to be pushed to fully participate
- Soccer and Net Ball Uniforms
Members of the Enfys Youth Group performing choreography / dance along with a Chris Tomlin song
Margaret Bwalya sharing her small group's responses to some HIV/AIDS-related questions
It's almost Christmas in Zambia. And even though the children won't wake up to a snowy scene through their windows, they're stirring just the same. LRPI and volunteers around the world have worked tirelessly to make sure that the Zambian families and children share in the same spirit of the holiday that we all get to experience at our own homes during this time of year.
With the backing of people all over the world, the Earn It Program participants and children in Mufulira will be waking up to presents on their doorsteps. Joseph and Hilda, who help run ENFYS and work in the village, have pledged their own profits and chickens to help feed villagers for Christmas. A local bank in Zambia that works with LRPI has pledged finances to help pay for food and necessities for the children.
Along with Zambians, countless families and individuals here in the U.S. have supported the fund that will bring Christmas to Zambian children in various ways. Steve and his wife Kendra in Florida, requested that their family donate to the children's Christmas fund in Zambia, instead of sending presents to them.
Amber Purdy and her young sons in Ohio raised $100 through a local bake sale. The money will be used to provide new trousers, underwear and shirts to both Earn It Program participants and children of the village.
A high school student, Michalya, also out of Ohio, rallied her fellow students to make over 80 personalized Christmas cards for the children in both Zambia and Tanzania. [Photo on left].
Holly Gardner of 'Holly Gardner Photography' helps to keep the organization running all year by donating 3% of every shoot back to LRPI. This holiday, she also offered clients a discount if they contributed toward the Zambia Christmas Fund. You can see her work and read about her commitment here: http://hollygardner.com/blog/
LRPI would like to thank everyone who helped support the Christmas in Zambia fund this year. From those volunteers mentioned above, to the countless amount of time and energy spent by those not mentioned in this article. On Christmas morning, there will be children awakening and smiling, feeling the warmth, love and kindness of people a world away. Thank you all for continuing to bring this joy to Zambia and Tanzania. You may never quite realize the impact your love has, but it is the most powerful thing in the world.
God Bless and Merry Christmas,
The following is a report directly from the Enfys Foundation in Zambia.
The month of September was an exciting month as we saw and experienced the harvest of cabbages and other
farm products such as tomatoe and rape. It's amazing how God is providing for the organization through farming and other related activities. When we started it was as though we were just wasting our time, but this is when we have seen that our time wasn’t in vain because the fruits are now seen. We are hoping to do more this year by God's grace to reach an extent where every child, vulnerable and orphan, goes home with some of the farm produce in order to encourage their parents to do something that can earn them a living. As we stated in one of the objectives, we want to empower the community so that they be a people that can depend on themselves in future and present. Here are some pictures of the cabbage harvest which has amazingly done well. This was after the harvest of the cabbages and the tomatoes which is yet to be harvested.
May was a busy month for LRPI members in Zambia! LRPI members Terry and Idah attended a 2-week continuing education course in Psychosocial Counseling offered through the Ministry of Health and UNAIDS. They both have previous training in this area, and hope to become better able to care for the mental health as well as the physical health of the community. The following objectives were addressed:
- · Basic facts about HIV and AIDS.
- Interventions in HIV and AIDS prevention and care such as
- CTC (Counseling Testing and Care),
- VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing),
- PMTCT (Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission),
- condom use,
- ART (Anti-Retroviral Therapy),
- behavior change.
- Counseling theories, skills, and techniques
- Report writing
- Crisis intervention
- Practical in HIV Rapid Testing
- Personality and Behavior
This part of the course covered an introduction to Counseling Children and Counseling Couples. In August, the participants began a practicum that specializes in one of those areas. After completing that practicum and registering with the Zambia Counseling Council (ZCC), they can become certified professional counselors.
Terry and Idah, along with Bishop Muleya’s son, Rev. Tulin Muleya, set glowing examples during the course. Terry was appointed treasurer, Idah was appointed class secretary, and Rev. Muleya was appointed as the class chairperson. They certainly take the message of 1 Corinthians 10:31 to heart and do everything for the glory of God!
In June, Martinz Kampamba also attended a residential training course in Public Health in Ndola, Zambia. There, he learned how to administer and analyze the following tests, and how to counsel in the following areas :
- HIV /AIDS test
- Micro- organisms in food test
- Pregnancy test
- Malaria test
- Blood Pressure test
- how to sterilize clinical tools
- Temperature recording
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Health concepts
- Health psychology
- Community health
- Community mobilization
- Health promotion
- Public speaking
- Overview of counseling theories and practices
- Medical aspects of treatment
- Monitoring the growth of a child born from an HIV positive mothe
- Health talks with mothers
- Attending to mothers in the labour ward
- Environmental protection
Fellow LRPI member John Payne was able to visit Martinz during his stay to encourage him to stay focused and affirm that he was making a difference through his studies. Martinz will continue his training in September, and will allow him to “do greater things in the lives of Zambia youths…and help [his] ministry achieve a lot of things in the future.” He is not wearying in doing good, and no doubt will reap a great harvest of hope in the future (Galations 6:9).
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
This year, STS-Zambia set a big goal. Their plan was simple- gather a team of nurses and counselors, travel to school and get students to participate in VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing). The execution, however, was much harder. Many people aren’t aware of the attitude across Africa largely taken towards VCT. Stigmas about HIV/AIDS and testing have progressed over the years- comprised mostly of fear of infection and overall misinformation about the disease and its prevention. For the large amount of free testing, treatment and
education there is available, many Zambians are misinformed about both the testing process and the disease itself.
STS-Zambia sought to defy the stigma and re-educate as many students as possible. Then, they took it a step further. Instead of just seeking to educate groups, they actually brought nurses in and offered VCT. Throughout June, STS-Zambia partnered up with clinics and school management and successfully completed the VCT School Visit Program in six schools: Butondo High School, Kantanshi High, Mufulira High, Ipusukilo High School, Pamodzi High and Mufulira College of Education.
Working with The Ministry of Health and The Ministry of Education, STS-Zambia began each program with a stage of pre-counseling and sensitization. At each school, students were divided into small groups in order to discuss the details and benefits of VCT. Counselors spent time with students discussing interventions in HIV and AIDS prevention and care, condom-use and behavior change. Students were then able to volunteer to be tested and the turnout was remarkable. As students watched their peers volunteer, more and more felt comfortable joining in. For the students that tested positively, STS-Zambia will be working to coordinate for counseling care on living with HIV/AIDS in order to complete their current programs.
Terry Simpaka, one of the leaders of STS-Zambia recalled, “Other schools after hearing about this initiative are requesting that we visit them to and do the service in their respective learning institutions.” Following his words and inspired by STS-Zambia, the Kibaha Boys’ Secondary School in Tanzania recently held a similar VCT event. Furthermore, the Kibaha Girls’ Secondary School is setting up a VCT project which will be done at both Tumbi special hospital and Kibaha Girls’Secondary School in coast region of Tanzania later on this year.
*LRPI and STS-Zambia would like to thank everyone who made these events successful: The Ministry of Health- the provision of the testing kits and the nursing staff to help in testing and counseling, alongside our trained counselors was a milestone to us, The Ministry of Education- your permission to carry out this important program in your learning institutions enabled us to fulfill our dream, all the guidance counselors, all school management and specifically Mr.Tembo for the support he rendered throughout the entire process.