Zambia 2017 Update #1

Hi Christ Central and friends! It’s hard to believe that we have been in Zambia a week now. Time does go by quickly but then again the days are very full. After a couple of days in the capital, Lusaka, to get rested and acclimatized we set off for Kapiri Mposhi, the site of the Vinjeru Trust School founded and administrated by the brilliant couple, Martin and Caroline Sembeye. Through their partnership with Mosaic Church in Leeds they are in year 4 of operations and have grown from 35 students in their first year to now a thriving education centre with 136 Preschool – Grade 3 students and 180 Grade 8 – Grade 12 students. That means they will graduate their first class this year. Very exciting. Barb spent time in the primary classes observing teacher engagement and offering suggestions as well as assessing the learning abilities of several students who have been experiencing difficulties reading and writing. I had opportunity to do walk throughs in the secondary classes and consult with Martin, the Principal, on how to increase teacher efficacy and student engagement. All in all a very exciting and profitable time. We’re not sure who was blessed more, us or them!

As I said earlier, this couple who run the school are simply amazing in carrying out what God has given to them all while raising five, yes five, children. We had time to pray with them and encourage them in what they are doing. We are enclosing some picture for you to see. In the photos you will see the third student block, still under construction, and set to open in January.

From Kapiri, we made the long journey to Kitwe, but not before picking up Jeremy and Ann from the airport in Ndola! The NewFrontiers Global Leadership Conference started yesterday with over 350 in attendance from all over Zambia and, for the first time with leaders from Ghana, Kenya and the Congo. Very exciting! I had the humbling honour of doing the first keynote session on the Promises of God, an adapted message from what I have been carrying and spoke at Christ Central. The reception of the message which included “prophetic interruptions” was amazing to say the least, with a couple of hundred leaders and wives responding and coming for prayer. Jeremy followed me in the next session with a brilliant message on revival which was very impacting and resulting in the same kind of response by those in attendance.  Things just seem to be heating up here! Sorry, but I only have a couple of pics from yesterday… more to follow. Please continue to pray for Barb and I and Jeremy and Ann as the schedule is ramping up today!

We miss all of you so much and we always brag about CCCF and the support we feel. Another report will follow tomorrow’s marriage conference – please pray for us as Barb and I are doing the entire day in three long sessions with an expected turnout of 150 couples.

Love Gary and Barb

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