It's important to recognise that a church does not exist to meet its own needs but to take the gospel of Jesus out to all nations. This is, of course, the Great Commission given to us by Jesus himself, and whilst there is always an abundance of opportunities to share our faith with those immediately around us, there is something very special about reaching out to other nations, especially those in great need. In Matthew 10:8 Jesus said to his disciples, "Freely you have received, freely give". God has richly blessed us and one of the ways we can express our thankfulness to God is to show our generosity to others in the same way as God has shown his generosity to us.
The world is full of need, and we could have chosen almost anywhere to establish a christian missionary work. However, in line with what God has said to us right from the beginning about earnestly seeking his will and approval, we felt God call us to Africa. We have been involved with churches in Africa for many years and in particular with Pastor Evans Luwi who oversees a number of churches throughout Zambia.
Poverty in Zambia is very real; many children become orphans at an early age due to the continued spread of diseases such as AIDS. Education is limited and work hard to find. However, in the midst of all these difficulties there is hope in Jesus and we praise God for the work that Evans and his team are doing in reaching out to the communities around them. New Life Church is committed to supporting Evans and his work in Zambia, both in terms of practical needs through charitable giving, building teams etc., but also spiritually through visiting the churches and running conferences.
One specific project we are supporting is School4Kids which is a child sponsorship programme initially aimed at providing education for 50 of the poorest children in the Solwezi area of Zambia. Working in partnership with Path of Life Ministries, in March 2014 The Beacon of Hope Community School was opened and received its first pupils.
We continue to seek God as to where our missionary work should develop and trust over time that it will grow and bring much blessings to those who are in greatest need.
Click here to view reports and see photographs from the various trips the church has made to Zambia.