I am now here at Nyangombe Christian Training Centre in Mwinilunga for my second placement in Zambia! The last few weeks have been extremely busy so haven’t been able to update you all for a while. I arrived here a week ago on Thursday and before that I was on a short trip in Livingstone- if I find the time I will do a separate blog post about my time in Livingstone and all the amazing things I saw there including elephants and the wonderful Victoria Falls! For now I will update you on what I’m doing here at Nyangombe.
Nyangombe is a Christian training centre located in Nyangombe Village which composes of a Bible school, a Primary school, an out-patients clinic, a carpentry workshop, a farm and classes on IT computer skills and tailoring/sewing are ran throughout the year. The work being done here is really fruitful because not only is the Bible being taught at Bible school but people are also learning essential skills that will help them get employment!
I have been very kindly welcomed by Gordon and Sybil McKillop- fellow Scots- who I am getting on very well with and am enjoying hearing their missionary life stories over meal times! I am staying in a house next door to theirs- it is very cool! It is very compact inside too with a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.
The main focus of the centre is the bible school and throughout the year conferences are held in it for various people groups. When I arrived there was a 10-day ladies conference happening consisting of Bible teaching, small groups and lots of great singing! With 150 joyful ladies praising God the atmosphere was very powerful and uplifting. These ladies were so delighted to be here and were so passionate about studying from and learning from God’s word that I was very encouraged. I have also been working in the bible school library stamping all the books!
Today there are 150 (possibly more) Sunday School teachers from all the local village churches arriving for a bible teaching conference. I am going to be involved in teaching some games and memory verse learning activities I’ve learned in my experience of Sunday School and children’s work at Greenview!
I have also been involved with youth work here , it is the school holidays so there are lots of young people and kids about which is great! I have been playing volleyball with them almost every afternoon which is great fun and good way to get to know them all better. Their English is very good which makes it very easy for me to chat to them!
Yesterday I did my first bible study with a group of local teenage girls which went very well and they asked me some very challenging questions- it was only through God’s Spirit and grace I was able to attempt an answer!! We are studying the book of Mark and looking at the question- who is Jesus? My prayer for the girls is that through the study they would come to have a living knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and and what he’s done for us and
that God’s word would bring them the life and hope and transformation it has brought me.
There is such a great need for the Gospel here in Africa- the effects of sin are devastating as they are all around the world and if people only knew Christ then what a different place it would be! In my short time here God has really spoken to me and changed my heart to make me passionate about mission and reaching out to the lost.
“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage that I may gain Christ and be found in him”