Gary and Barb Gallant are spending three weeks in Africa, teaming up with Jeremy and Ann Simpkins. Together they will be helping to strengthen churches in Zambia and Tanzania that have connections with Christcentral Churches. During this time they will be posting updates on the Christ Central blog…
The Newfrontiers leaders conference began on Thursday, July 30th and ran until Saturday, August 1st at noon, and was held at the CHEP Centre in Kitwe. This was a fantastic time as over 120 leaders gathered together to be encouraged and strengthened in mission, focusing on impacting and strengthening local communities. We experienced incredible African worship and teaching from Jeremy Simpkins, Joseph Mwila, Casey Kalaso and myself. The theme that emerged, and which underscored each and every session, was the “sovereignty and goodness of God” as the overriding factor in individual life, local community and mission. When comparing last year’s gathering to this one, it is safe to say that Joseph and his team have taken this event to another level!
From the leader’s conference we immediately switched our attention to the Dayspring Ministries 13th Anniversary Celebration, held at Joseph and Lillian’s church home. This stretched over two days and culminated with the attendance of local and national government officials who, in a very overt expression, proclaimed their fundamental commitment to Christ in leading the nation. This was a wonderful occasion marked by a deep and outward expression of thankfulness to God for all that has been accomplished over the last 13 years in Kitwe and beyond. Jeremy, Ann, Barb and I had the privilege to pray and prophesy for these men as God spoke clearly about bridging the divide between the sacred and secular.
During one part of the celebration we had the opportunity to take part in the opening and dedication of the new residence building which will be used to house boys in the Street Level project and host visiting teams like our own. We also were able to hand over the donated beds, mattresses and stove to the boys centre as part of the upgrades and renovations to the boys Street Life Centre. All of this was made possible by the fundraising efforts of the students at Gibson Neill Elementary and Devon Middle School, who, since March, raised over $6000.00 for the needs at Street Life!!!
Another highlight was meeting Reuben, who managed the deployment of the Kindle project for the two year Newfrontiers Leadership course. This is the project that has been supported by Christ Central Church Fredericton. Take a listen to the interview that Jeremy and I did with him! Since last September, 30 church leaders from all over the region have committed to spend two days a month for two years attending the training in Kitwe – many having to travel a great distance. According to Joseph, the Kindles have been the most significant aspect of the course as they hold all of the books and materials used in the training.
Today, we are off to Nsobe for meetings with Joseph’s emerging apostolic team. More later!