GREETINGS FROM ZAMBIA
Please allow me to introduce myself, I am Reverend Daniel Ngulube, the Church and Community Mobilisation Facilitator for Tearfund Zambia since the beginning of this year. To tell you a little bit about me, I am married to Maureen and we have one child, Chikumbuso, a handsome and intelligent boy who is turning ten in June. I am also a minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of God Zambia, a position I have held since October 2003.
Prior to joining Tearfund Zambia, I worked for just under nine years with World Vision Zambia (WVZ) a Christian International Non-Governmental Organisation. I held a variety of roles across their projects, ending up as a Programme Manager. Before World Vision Zambia I also served in various capacities in my eleven year stint with the Zambia Fellowship of Evangelical Students (ZAFES), an interdenominational Christian Student Movement for university students. As you might have realised, God’s mission and His Kingdom is simply my passion!
HOME AT LAST
It is with great gratitude that I write to say thank you for your faithful financial support and for your fervent prayers on behalf of Tearfund Zambia. Praise be to God, we have completed the construction of the girls’ dormitory in Serenje. As you know, this has been a long project with a few setbacks, so we are very happy to be able to celebrate the completion of this beautiful building!
As we prepare to make the dormitory available to the girls who are in in dire need of this facility, we commissioned a Listening Survey to help us. Eventually we want the local church to be able to support and manage their own development, whether that is running the dormitory, or looking after boreholes, or whatever else the community needs. The survey helps us to see how much of the Church and Community Mobilisation training from the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) - their mother church - has sunk in. It also means we can understand the position of the local church, and see how far along that road they are.
AND OUR SURVEY SAYS...
According to the preliminary survey findings, of all the interventions by EFZ and the local church over the last five to ten years, the support of orphans and vulnerable children was singled out as having the greatest impact. Subsequently, the project that had the most visibility - that is the most people mentioned it when asked - is the construction of the Girls Dormitory!
For me, this underscores the importance of focusing on the empowerment of girls in the community, as we have already begun to do with the dormitory project. There are definitely elements we can improve on however. In particular the survey found that more needed to be done to plant seeds of sustainability from the very beginning of the dormitory project, so that the community has full ownership of it. We will carry this knowledge through to our future projects.
We are still working through the results and implications of the survey, as we seek to serve the community of Serenje in the best way possible. Please do pray for us as we complete this task.
‘Jesus looked at them and said, ‘with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’’
PRAYING FOR SERENJE
We are setting up a local board for the dormitory who will be in charge of policy making and general oversight. Please pray for us as we seek suitable candidates.
We also need God’s wisdom and guidance in our selection criteria for the girls who will be accommodated at the dormitory, as we try to keep a balance between reaching out to the most vulnerable and those who are able to pay for the accommodation. We need some paying students in order to make the project sustainable in the future.
We are looking for volunteers from the local churches who will cook for the girls at the dormitory during the day. Please pray that we would find suitable people.
Please pray for the relaunch of the integral mission work in Serenje, as we aim for greater unity among the churches and for them to join together in working towards material and spiritual transformation.
We also need God’s guidance in the establishment of the first Local House of Prayer. This is a prayer group who will cover the town of Serenje with prayers of intercession and blessings.