October 30, 2013

Field Report: Christ-centred Education & Gospel Transformation in Zambia

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Joined by a number of HANDS trip team leaders and participants, supporters and board members, EduDeo Ministries hosted Rev. Peter Chipeta and Boniface Mumba, representing Zambian school partner the Education Department of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), Monday, October 28, for a compelling report from the field and intimate evening of fellowship and praise.

Welcomed by Executive Director Hank de Jong and introduced by International Partnership Director Tim Bootsma, Rev. Chipeta, Education Secretary of the CCAP, and Boniface, a headmaster at Hoya Basic School in Lundazi in Eastern Zambia, shared the compelling story of how Christ-centred education is bringing Gospel transformation to Zambia. 

Rev. Chipeta documented the legacy and story of the Education Department of the CCAP and the growing impact of Christ-centred education in Zambia.

A land-locked nation located in Southern Africa, Zambia is a growing nation with incredible potential.  The country has one of the fastest growing economies in Sub-Saharan Africa, yet poverty and access to education remain key concerns.

Rev. Chipeta provided an overview of the CCAP’s educational vision and mission, a focus that fits well with EduDeo Ministries global commitment to provide children in developing countries with a quality education rooted in a Biblical worldview.

The CCAP operates twenty-five mission schools reaching more than 10,000 students, including three day care schools, six basic schools, seven community schools, five primary schools, three secondary schools and one theological college.

The five-fold strategic approach of the CCAP is to rehabilitate and strengthen existing schools, increase teaching staff, encourage greater awareness and acceptance of education for girls, provide support to orphans and vulnerable children, conduct HIV & AIDS awareness programs, provide clean water and improved sanitation at schools, implement income generating activities for schools, offer continuing educational opportunities for CCAP teachers and continue to learn and integrate Biblical worldview and life principles into the classroom.

“EduDeo has motivated and transformed many school administrators and classroom teachers.  As a result, students are now able to see God in all subjects and appreciate His creation by being good stewards,” Rev. Chipeta noted at the event. 

“With the help of EduDeo Ministries, we are contributing to the development of the whole nation.”

Boniface Mumba provided a testimony of how EduDeo’s Walking Together Program was helping teachers integrate the Gospel into the classroom in Lundazi.

“I have personally seen how the teacher training program is benefitting our teachers,” Boniface noted.

“Many teachers approached teaching as a job before the training,” Boniface added.

“Now they view teaching as a calling and our excited to be in the classroom.”

Both African educational leaders were passionate about the emerging generation of students attending CCAP schools.

“We have an opportunity to bring transformation to Zambia in our partnership with the CCAP,” Hank noted following the presentation.

“We are so grateful for the ability to work with intentional, hardworking, Christ-centred leaders like Rev. Chipeta and Boniface.”

Following an interactive question and answer session with Rev. Chipeta and Boniface, Hank closed the evening in prayer, guests enjoying artisan, fair trade coffee provided by local roasterie Red Hill Coffee.

Rev. Chipeta, Education Secretary of the CCAP, and Boniface, a headmaster at Hoya Basic School are both supported by EduDeo Ministries, a key way to impact children in Zambia for Christ. If you would like to help support them and the Christian schools they oversee and work with, please consider becoming a sponsor for Zambia.

You can find out more about sponsorship and enroll here.

Comments:

Philemon
Nov 16, 2013 at 11:35 pm

After working for 2 weeks at the building site. The Chipolopolo team is having their last experience in mfuwe south luangwa national park (wildlife camp) except Bill whose hip was mix placed yesterday 16/11/2013 in the park when he was taking some pictures. Good news is that his hip has been fixed back at St Francis Hospital in Katete District Eastern province. To day we are meeting the rest of the team in Chipata and proceed to Malawi to catch the freight tomorrow 18/11/2013.

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