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2019 India and Singapore Visit

The following is a report of my recent visit to India and Singapore. The first part of the report (for the India visit) has been written by Brother Hubert D’souza my host.

Report by Pastor Hubert D’souza

The 9th of April 2019 was a great day with lots of excitement in the hearts of the saints at Faith Assembly church in Mumbai. It brought joy to us as we saw Brother Andrew Phiri of Zambia arrive at the airport. The flight arrived almost 20 minutes before its scheduled time.

Pune

The first convention meeting was scheduled in Pune, a city that is about 180 kilometres from Mumbai. A two day meeting was organised on the 10th and 11th April 2019. The church at Pune is led by Pastor More together with Brothers Balerao and Sona Dethe of Ahmednagar. This convention was organised at the Christi Seva Ashram Swargate Pune, a beautiful place with cool greenery in the campus. We started off from Mumbai by car by 5:30 AM and reached Pune around 10:00 AM.

We had four sessions in two days. It was a true feast around the Word of God. The large number of people that gathered from far and wide confessed that it was a great time of spiritual blessing. The messages left us spell bound in understanding “the mystery of His will”. On both days it was a good time of music, melody and worship with God’s anointed Word.

Finally the end of the two days meeting winded with a benediction by Pastor Balerao of Ahmednagar. In returning to Mumbai we started off at about 9:00 pm after having dinner in a fine restaurant in Pune. We reached Mumbai safely around 1:30 am.

Welcoming brother Phiri in Pune with a bouquet of flowers

Note: I was particularly touched to see some believers who had traveled great distances to attend these meetings. There was Sister Valentine D’souza (a former Catholic nun) who despite being badly sick had traveled from Mangalore to Mumbai and then to Pune. Through these meetings I also noticed how far our books and website ministry has reached out to many people. A number of them expressed their testimony of how they have been blessed. Others have made efforts to print out and distribute various articles on the website. The efforts are so much appreciated.

End of meetings and all set to drive back to Mumbai. From L-R: Flossy Dsouza, Andrew Phiri, Bhalerao, and Hubert Dsouza

Mumbai

The 12th, 13th and 14th of April 2019 were the scheduled dates for the Mumbai meetings, three consecutive evening services suited for the busy Mumbai crowd. The venue was Faith Assembly Church. All the services were packed and every one rejoiced in the meetings. The last service was a Sunday service and was a fully packed service.

The story of ‘Lot standing at the gate’ was an eye opener to all of us. There were saints gathered from Mangalore, Bangalore, Pune and Ahmednagar to hear the message of the hour.

It was indeed a precious moment around the Word of God.

Delhi

On the 15th of April 2019 we started our journey to the capital of our country (Delhi). Brother Phiri and myself started the journey by the Rajdhani Express to New Delhi. After 16 hours of travel we reached New Delhi and were received  by Brother Sanjeev Emmanuel, the Pastor of a local church in Delhi.

With Bro. Sanjeev Emmanuel

The 16th and 17th of April 2019 were the two lovely days of fellowship. Seekers of Truth and believers gathered at the pastor’s residence for fellowship. The saints were blessed and enriched by the Word of God. Brother Phiri expounded on the message ‘The Speaking of God’ and everyone was delighted in the truth of the scriptures.

It all came to an end with a typical Biryani dinner (Indian Style).

Utter Pradesh

The next day,18th of April 2019, we started off to Uttar Pradesh. By afternoon we reached Bhaisya. We were received by the local pastor, Brother Gulzar Masih, and the members of the church. Pastor Gulzar Masih’s house was under renovation and he did so much work to expedite everything just in order to make our stay comfortable. It was a warm climate yet some unexpected rains had made the climate cool and windy.

This place is a village with lots of greenery and fields in the background. The saints were very hospitable and kind. Brother Phiri was so much loved and taken care of. He was also made to indulge in a variety of Indian cuisine and sweets. The two days of meetings in Bhaisya were a great delight and a time of feasting around the Word of God. The believers were found rejoicing in every aspect of the revelation expounded. Brother Phiri spoke on a message of “Stiring up the Faith in You”.  It was beautifully expounded with illustrations.

The only problem brother Phiri had was how to communicate with the saints. Hindi is the only language spoken and understood in this place and so interpretation was the only way of relating with people. The two days were amazing and every bit of it became a cherished memory.

In one service in Bhaisya, my message took a turn. I decided to speak on the issue of Law and Grace. At the end of the service I understood why that happened. An Adventist couple came forward to testify of their desire to be in the faith. They asked for a place where they could start fellowshiping where the precious truth they heard was being taught. The couple requested that I pray for them and I gladly did that. I pray that the Lord may help them grow and become fruitful in the faith.

The next day, 20th April, we started off to Sata Keda, another village which is about 30 kilometers from Bhaisya.  We all headed to a river where water baptisms were arranged. It was a quiet place and peaceful environment. About 16 persons got baptized in the river and put on Christ. They were men, women, youngsters and even old grannies.

This was a very touching moment as these people gave their lives to Christ. After this baptism service we all headed to the prayer service where a lot of ministers and saints gathered to hear the word of God.

Brother Andrew Phiri spoke on living a consecrated life in waiting on the promise of the coming of the Lord. The saints rejoiced and received the Word gladly in their hearts.

This gathering ended with a sumptuous meal prepared by the church elders. After talking and sharing for a while we then started to Rampur the next destination.

We went to the home of Pastor Nazaad Masih, a renown pastor in the area who has labored for Christ for over 40 years, preaching the gospel and proclaiming the Message of the Hour. A truly humble servant of the Lord.

Pastor Nazaad Masih

After a cup of tea and snacks we gathered at the home of one of the church elders – Brother James –  for an evening service. This area is a small town in Rampur and is a historical place in the state of Utter Pradesh. Brother James is the church elder and worship leader of the Rampur church. He is a loving and caring brother in the Faith. It was a small gathering of about 25 to 30 people and Brother Phiri encouraged them on how to walk the Christian walk and be grounded in the present truth. After the service we had a typical north Indian meal for dinner. They had been informed to use less spice in the food for our visitor but yet brother Andrew Phiri appreciated the Indian delicacies. We were made to stay for the night in one of the brother’s home where we had a causal discussion for a couple of hours and later we went to bed.

The next day being a Sunday, on 21st April, we started off to a village where the church is located. This Kashipur church was built by Pastor Nazaad Masih. We were welcomed with great enthusiasm. This place was a real village with fields and greenery all around. Beautiful small village houses, it was a great pleasure to visit these people and meet them in their homes. The church service started at about 10:30 am and the worship service was  characterized by good Hindi classical songs, and the saints worshiped God from all their hearts. We were welcomed to the stage and Brother Phiri ministered from the Word of God. The church was packed to capacity with believing saints and ministers from various churches.

The message spoken by Bro. Phiri  was a great blessing to all the saints in Rampur.

After ministering in this church one thing that I kept being told by people was, “My questions have been answered!” I spent time to teach on the nature of the Serpent in the Garden of Eden. After the services a group of zealous brothers, most of them youthful, took me out to a quite place under a tree where they expressed so much joy of what they had learned. It was a good time of fellowship and asking questions. I pray that God may establish His children in India and around the world in the revealed truth of Scripture.

There was lunch prepared by the church members for all the people gathered. The people gathered from far and wide and assembled for this morning and evening services. The evening service started at about 4:30 pm and went up till 7:00 pm. We gave a token of our love and appreciation to Pastor Nazaad Masih for his faithful service unto the Lord for over 40 years.  This gesture was highly appreciated. That evening we had the meals at one of the members in the vicinity, who belongs to the church.

Truly every bit of time we spent in Kashipur (Rampur) was a memorable one. The next morning we boarded a train back to Delhi and then to Mumbai. That morning we visited another Pastor from Rampur Pastor Malan Masih. We had a short visit to his place where we had a short prayer and then we went to the railway station to board the train to Delhi. At Delhi we were received by bro Sanjeev Emmanuel to his home and then the next day we took a train back to Mumbai and were back home after a 15 day journey in the mission. Many thanks to Bro. Andrew Phiri for his precious time with the saints in India.

Pastor Hubert D’souza


Singapore

From Mumbai I traveled to Singapore through Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. I arrived in Singapore on 26th April feeling so weary and tired. I was received by Brothers Richard Gan and Jonan Gan. At Changi airport I was astounded at the beauty of the airport. It has been rated the best for the seventh time in a row and it sure deserves the rating. I was especially stunned by an artificial waterfall structure.

With Brother Richard Gan at Jewel Changi Airport

However, what was more important for me in this prosperous city-state was spending some time of prayer and fellowship with Brother Richard Gan and saints at the Prophetic Revelation fellowship on a Sunday before proceeding home to Lusaka. This ministry holds a special place in the hearts of many people around the world and I was thankful to have had another time of visiting for the third time now.

I came to know of Brother Gan’s ministry in 1999. In that year a Pentecostal reverend had warned me not to read his white ‘Prophetic Revelation’ books, telling me that they were just not right. The reverend however recommended that Spoken Word books by Brother Branham were fine to read. One day I was with a friend in the reverend’s home. He reached out to pick a Spoken Word book, and as he also wanted to pick a ‘white’ book on the shelf, I echoed the warning to him, “Don’t take those white ones, they are not good!” Here I was, preventing a person from reading that which I had never read nor understood myself! Well, from the same bookshelf I decided to pick a golden-colored book. It had a strange title which I didn’t understand – “THE FINALE”. Although strange, the book was alright for me as long as it wasn’t in white color!

That evening I began to read the book and everything was too new. Then came an experience that frightened me. I went into a trance and saw a man walking barefoot in a dark corridor of a house. In his hand was a torch. He screamed saying, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh!” I  woke up from the experience and went on my knees praying and repenting. Later I came to realize that the author of the book which led me to the truth was the same one for the white ones. What could it be but a real illustration that we should not  judge a book by its cover.

Bookshelf  at Prophetic Revelation prayer hall

We had two services in Singapore during which I preached on a message titled The Speaking of God. 

Notice board

The video messages are available both on our YouTube channel (For Your Edification) and the Prophetic Revelation website.

Bro. Jonan Gan leading praise and worship during the church service

I flew back home on 30th April, arriving on 1st May. My first week back home I felt sick from the stress of the journey but later recovered. Our prayers are now towards Malawi, where I will be travelling next for a series of meetings. May the Lord bless all who love His appearing. Amen.

 

Testimony of Uganda Visit

On 11th January I received a call from Brother Akpan Nice, asking me to go with him to Uganda. He had received a word of prophecy from a sister in the congregation concerning the need to visit the country. I told brother Nice that I was still saving up money for the air-ticket cost for my April visit to Asia and so I could not afford going to Uganda by flight (Going by road was not an option as it would require me to apply for leave days from my work. It takes about four days to travel by road to Kampala and another four days for returning. Adding the three days I was supposed to be in Uganda would require me to use up about 11 of my leave days; days which will be so much needed for the Asian itinerary). When brother Nice insisted that he would pay my way, I realised the importance of the visit. I decided to set some time in prayer and fasting to seek the Lord’s will and guidance over the matter.

On the second day of my fast when I reached home from work, I went into the bedroom to have some time of prayer and reading the Word. This was on 16th January, 2019. As I prayed a verse of Scripture dropped into my heart – “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” ( Isa. 55:11). The word “prosper” got my attention. I stopped praying and began to meditate on how God’s word can be accomplished in someone’s life but yet not prosper in the thing for which it was sent! I was led to read through the book of Ezra to see how the prophecies of Jeremiah (29:10) and Daniel (9:25) got accomplished and prospered. Furthermore various events in the book of Ezra were a good type of difficulties that the five-fold ministry is currently going through in building the ‘house of God’.

After writing the thoughts I continued praying. In my prayer that late afternoon I kept supplicating saying, “Lord, let your Word prosper in the thing for which you sent it for in Uganda”.

After an hour of praying, I received the following text message from Sister Bree in USA:

I wanted you to know I am in prayer for you and the trips you are about to take the end of the month. I have set aside some time of prayer and fasting to that end. I pray the Lord will prosper His Word and encourage believers as well as call His elected to repentance while there is still time!

My heart was uplifted when I saw those words – “I pray the Lord will prosper His Word”. When I told her about the experience I had that afternoon concerning Isaiah 53:11, Sister Bree asked: “Are you aware that Brother Nice is this very minute using those same scriptures in his message? I’m watching him over YouTube.” Well, the Lord confirms his speaking to us in various ways and I could see the leading of the Lord in it all.

I flew to Uganda on 30th January, arriving there around 01:00 AM the following day, on Thursday. Brothers Charles Obwoon and Joshua Nice received me at Entebbe Airport. (Brother Joshua Nice, Brother Nice’s young brother who is also a minister of the Word, had arrived earlier in the week with brothers Akpan Nice and Christian Uzoukwu).

Left to Right: Brothers Akpan B. Nice, Joshua Akpan Nice, Andrew C. Phiri, Christian Uzoukwu, Charles Obwoon

I was taken to stay with the family of brother Ambrose Omal.

The Word confirmed with Visions & Dreams

On Wednesday, the day before my arrival, I was told of a great service the believers had when Brother Christian Uzoukwu  had ministered. A vision had been given to a sister during the service. On 1st February, I was scheduled to preach in the evening service. I took the believers through the book of Ezra, looking at types of what the Church of Christ is going through today.

It was an atmosphere filled with the joy of the Lord and a positive reception of the Word being ministered.

At the end of the service I kept hearing local ministers excitedly saying “It’s a Gideon-anointing!” I didn’t understand that until Brother Ambrose excitedly started narrating to me about a dream he had in 2018:

I had a dream the night of 30 – 1st of May 2018… It looked like I was attending a convention or crusade in a place I didn’t know and I realised it was pastor Andy of Ghana who was preaching but I was the one reading the scriptures on his behalf and then as it was going on Pastor Andy gave me a letter which was sent by Pastor Tay of Ghana to the congregation, and he gave me the letter to read to the congregation. I opened and I started reading. The only words I remember were:  “CONTINUE TEACHING THE PEOPLE ABOUT THE BOOK OF EZRA”. And then the spirit moved me to another place and I found the foundation of the church…was being dug and the workers were digging the foundation pits. I stood right there inside the foundation and the voice spoke to me saying, “GIDEON IS COMING”. The voice repeated, “GIDEON IS COMING”. I pointed my figure right inside one of the pits and drilled the pit with my finger like it was drilling machine. And then the spirit took me to another place which looked like it was a sugarcane farm. The farm was well fenced and I realised it was my cousin brother’s late farm. I entered the farm but there was no one inside. I saw nice and well maintained sugarcane plants all over, with no unkempt grass. There were only special and unique species of sugarcane that I have never seen before! So I toured the whole farm and as I was coming back through the same gate where I passed while entering I saw an armed soldier approaching me. He asked, “Who are you?”  I had a metallic sword in my hand that looked to have been made of aluminium steel. I replied to him that I am the brother of the owner of the farm and he said, “okay, fine, I thought you are an intruder”. He started conversing with me normally…escorted me to the gate and I realised they were two armed men. Then I woke up in the dream. As I was laying on my bed meditating  about the dream all of sudden I was caught up in a trance or vision… again the voice clearly spoke to me and said in two different languages, English and Kiswahili, saying “CATCH THE REVELATION, MAWOMBI”. Meaning, catch the revelation and pray. I woke up. Straight way I called my pastor and narrated to him this dream.

Yes, I taught through the book of Ezra showing the believers three troubles that have hindered the building of the ‘house of God’ – the Samaritans, false unity, and claims of one-man ministries. For the constraint of time, I could only

teach on the first two things. When brother Nice on 2nd February ministered, his message was “A good song sung Wrongly” and it hit so hard against claims of some ministries to have succeeded the Seventh Church Age messenger’s ministry. Brother Nice began his message by admonishing believers against the FEAR to stand up against error. It was such an anointed service and I knew that that was ‘Gideon’ speaking to them. We read in the Bible how Gideon separated fearful men from the brave ones who were truly ready to fight! My spirit rejoiced at the working of the Holy Spirit because on the previous day, unknown to brother Nice, brother Ambrose had shared to me a dream which exactly confirmed the message brother Nice preached! It was so uplifting to know that God was in our midst.

I took up the Sunday morning service and the joy of the Lord continued in our hearts. At one point as I preached I saw a brother in the audience looking awestruck as he listened with great attention. He then puzzledly exclaimed, “I can’t believe this!

From the pulpit I straightway left for the airport after bidding each other farewell with Brother Nice. I felt sad parting with him and the other ministers, leaving them on the field. On the way to the airport I asked brother Patrick (who was driving me to the airport) to stop the car so I could have a sight and take a photo of Lake Victoria. It is the largest lake in Africa and chief reservoir of River Nile. It lies mainly in Tanzania and Uganda but also borders on Kenya.

I wait to hear more testimonies of God’s grace for the remaining itinerary. I am now preparing for Asia. We earnestly covet your prayers. From Asia there is another call to visit Malawi and Nigeria. We can only pray that God’s grace may lead us. “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Rev.22:17).


Letters 

We continue to receive letters of testimonies of the Uganda meetings. My sincere thanks goes to Pastor Charles Obwoon who received and kept us. Heartfelt thanks to brother and sister Omal who accomodated me in their house.

8 Feb 2019 10:53 am

Shalom my precious brother.

I want to register my sincere thanks to you for accepting to follow  the  leading of the Lord for you to pay us a visit one Kampala.  Though, it was rather a very short visit, it was very sweet and I and the church  were specially  blessed by your humble ministry.  

It left sweet memories and I trust God will grant us another opportunity to fellowship together.  
Best regards 
God bless you richly. 
Brother Charles Obwoon 
4 Feb 2019 9:23 am
Hello Pastor Andrew,
God bless you .
Did you reach back home safely ?
I was blessed for the great ministry the lord has given you.
My soul was delivered and my eyes opened to see deeper spiritual things .
May my God I serve and keep taking you around the world delivering his children from bondages.
Best Regards 
OG

Sermons preached in Uganda

The following were the sermons preached by brother A Phiri (Troubles of the Ministry & Through the Fire) and brother A Nice (A good song sung wrongly):

Troubles of the Ministry

A good Song sung Wrongly

Through the Fire

God still gives Children to the barren (Testimony)

We were in a remote village in Mozambique, near the border of Malawi. The people who gathered for the meetings were quite poor in material things  but yet so rich in respecting the ministration of the Word.

Their faith was virgin – they simply believed whole heartedly the simple message presented to them from Scriptures.

After ministering, the hosting pastor asked us to pray for a woman who desired to have a child. They brought the woman forward, in front of the church. “Every time she has a preganancy it ends up in miscarriage” they explained.

If my memory serves me right, the woman had over five miscarriages and upto that time had no children! The poor woman’s face was covered in tears as I started to pray. The words of the prayer are still vivid in my mind because they turned out prophetic: “Lord, the next time I will be in this place may I hold this woman’s child.”

When our mission was done and were back in Lusaka, we received news of the different

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testimonies of healings that had occured among the people.

But there was this one testimony that is the purpose of this sharing: After a year we were invited to visit the village again. It was such a long stressful drive – from Lusaka to Chipata, then crossing into Malawi and on into Mozambique. (The Lord has sustained my small car to move these long distances over the years and it is still strong today!).

One wonderful thing about village folks is that they are hungry for God’s Word and they are eager to listen to the Word the very day you arrive. So, there was no time to rest and unwind. That evening as we were ushered into the church and I was called upon to minister, before I could start speaking, the host stepped forward saying. “We have a testimony...” He then signaled to a woman carrying a child to step forward. God answered the prayer! We rejoiced knowing that God still gives children to the barren.Only believe, All things are possible. Amen.

[The photos in the testimony above were taken on our first trip when the woman was prayed for. We seldom take photos during mission journeys. The above photos were sent to me yesterday by a brother who had accompanied us for the mission. On the next mission when the testimony child was presented he wasn’t around and none of us took any photos. Even so, our hearts have forever stored the album of the joyous services we had in Mozambique].

 

Chipata Mission Report

Report by

Jesse

Jesse M. Nzima

(in the picture  with wife, Moudy)


We had been praying for the mission for quite some time. We thanked the LORD that he finally provided the way for us to travel to the Eastern Province of Zambia, which is about 570km east of Lusaka, to a remote village called Mnukwa.

We set off from Lusaka at 5am on Friday 25th May.  The team that travelled comprised of four brothers and their spouses. After about nine hours on the road, we finally touched Chipata. This city is the provincial headquarters of the Eastern Province.

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Taking a rest after so many hours of driving

We had the opportunity of meeting Chief Mnukwa at his residence in town. He welcomed us. He made us feel at home. He was delighted to finally meet the Nyali Mission team in person.

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With Chief Mnukwa

(Earlier brother Phiri and his wife had been travelling to Chipata to request for land where a church and a school can be established. We have called this project Nyali Mission. Nyali means Light and it is our desire to see the light of God shine in this region. Chief Mnukwa explained that he was looking forward to the establishment of the church and its various activities that will help transform people’s lives spiritually and physically. It is important to note that this is a rural place: schools are scarce and the few that are there are below required standards. Medical facilities are very few, and people have to walk long distances to access them. People are extremely poor and families depend on farming activities. It is for this reason that when Brother Phiri first visited the arean he saw the need to both preach the gospel and teach people literacy skills. He drew inspiration from what the early European missionaries, like Dr David Livingstone, did when they came to Africa. So great were the sacrifices of these missionaries, that one wonders what courage they had to leave the comfort of Europe and come to settle in a strange land which was a bush populated by people whose languages they did not know!).

Upon arrival in Chipata we first visited sister Phiri’s aunt who had been involved in an accident which left her very sick.  Her x-ray showed a crack in the spine. She was in pain and lay down in the centre of the living room as we sat on the sofas.  She had not slept previous nights because of intense pain. She explained how costly the required medical treatment would be. She spoke in tears out of the physical and emotional pain. Some spiritualist religious people visited her and gave her ‘anointed’ water and honey to eat for her healing. They spoke about prophecies of her impending death, to occur on a specified date in June. They said that this would be caused by some people who used evil spells on her. But brother Andrew Phiri read from the book of Jonah chapter Jonah 2:8  – “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy” and encouraged her to believe on the Lord Jesus. He testified about how his mother got supernaturally healed and became a devout believer. At the end of the sharing we held hands in faith praying a prayer of faith. A day after this prayer, the following day, we were surprised to see her walking, looking bright, with a strong voice, and she was able to sleep soundly that night! She happily testified and after two days we passed through the house and she still looked better and stronger than the earlier time. We can only pray that her heart stays steadfast on the promises of God.

On Friday, after praying for the patient we proceeded to Chatama, another village under Chief Mnukwa, where the mother of sister Phiri lives. She farms and rears animals. We arrived at night and were warmly welcomed.

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We arrived at the village around 8 PM

Before going to sleep the family gathered to listen to a preaching. At the end of the sharing we presented various prayer requests which had been given. At the end of the meeting brother Phiri distributed bro Branham’s book –  “Discerning the Body of the Lord”, to all people who were present.

Saturday was the day that we were scheduled to see the land allocated for our ministry.

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In the morning set to go and survey the land the church has been given

That morning there was a request which came from a woman at a nearby home, asking for prayers over her family. She desired healing in her legs which are experiencing pain and prayer over her children. When we arrived there, some more women and children gathered. Brother Phiri preached about the Lord Jesus and how He came to set the captives free. The people were attentive and expectant. After the sharing we had prayer for the sick. We also prayed for the children.

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After a short service we were ready to proceed with journey

We finally said good bye to the people and I looked at the brothers and told them that we had offered prayer and they had received us and heard us but they still needed financial and educational assistance. The people have heard the preaching but they can’t read!

Skulu
A nursery school!

We finally proceeded to the area where the piece of land was. It was beyond our expectations. It is so beautiful, so large, very near to the road, and has a stream flowing through it. The local headman showed us the whole area. The land is approximately 400 metres by 160 metres. After finalizing the tour of the place we drove back to town and spent a night at a lodge.

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We hope to establish the ministry on this land.

In the morning, at the lodge, before going for church service, brother Phiri took us to sit around under a tree-shade. He took the opportunity to remind us on various important aspects of leadership that we should always be mindful of as leaders in our local assembly. He admonished the brothers to watch the ways of their homes in ensuring that their wives were also versed in the Truth of God’s Word.

Brother Phiri ministering to us

He stressed that leadership was not merely a position but a life to be lived. He admonished us to be ahead in prayer, to be ahead in studying the Bible. He admonished us to live a life worthy of a leader, full of integrity and devoutness. After a word of prayer we got into our cars and proceeded to  Chipata Christian Tabernacle.

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Chipata Christian Tabernacle

Brother Phiri preached an inspired sermon titled The Way of Life (watch video below).Our spirits rejoiced being in anointed atmosphere. When the sermon ended the pastor of the assembly was enthused at how the message preached reflected what had been mentioned at church the previous week. He desired for us to return there as often as we can to help strengthen the church of Christ. (watch the sermon on the link provided below).

From the church service we started off to Lusaka and arrived in Lusaka around 10:30PM. To God be all the glory.


Way of Life

Preached at Chipata Christian Tabernacle

 

And the Books were Opened – P1

Day One of Gospel Campaign

Kalundu, Lusaka

“AND THE BOOKS WERE OPENED!” A little drama here we can use to illustrate the Truth of God’s Word. The books were closed before they could be opened. The first man, Adam, was first created a spirit being and then later enclosed in a body. In this body our thoughts, imaginations, anxieties, and fears are concealed. But Him whose eyes are like fire sees us ‘naked’ as we are. There is nothing that we are that is hidden from God.

Man lives in constant fear of the death of the body. However, that death only separates one’s soul from his body. When the Soul leaves the body, feelings and consciousness leave the body. However, the soul – wherever it goes  – will still be conscious because it will still have the spirit of life.

Every day of your life you are writing a story. We are books but “written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God” (2 Cor.3:3). You have the ink of life and are writing a story on the pages of time. But you own neither the ink nor the pages.

The Author of Life has power to separate life from the soul. When that happens, one would cease to exist. His consciousness would simply disappear! Should that happen then all that a person was and had achieved would be a waste! That is what constitutes the Second Death, and one, above all things, should dread such a loss! Like the Lord admonished, “fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mat.10:28). Yes, the “sword” of man can only kill the body of flesh, but only God’s Sword can pierce through to separate the spirit of life from a soul – “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb.4:12). The Word is that Sword which shall come out of the mouth of the Christ, for “out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword”(Rev.19:15).

What story are you writing? Remember that you don’t own the ‘pen’ or the ‘pages’ on which you write. It would be foolish to write your own story before you are told by your maker what story to write. Your prayer should be, “Show me your will Lord”. (Listen to the sermon below).

Building project

We are so very happy to finally start the construction works of the place where believers will be gathering to study and hear the Word. I am also glad that I bought my house plot just next to the one for the church (the house is on the right in the picture below. We have often saved up finances for keeping foreign visitors in hotels). Even so, that has not gone without the blessing of the Lord. However, finally there is a place that will be called home with no cost. If the Lord tarries, it is my desire for this to be a house of prayer, love and fellowship for ministers and believers. All this reminds me of the time when our fellowship had just started as a very small gathering in the living room of my mother. She was Catholic then. But one day the Lord healed her of her disease and she got baptised in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and  ever since she has been a faithful member of the fellowship.

Back in the years when I used to be in Pentecostal Holiness Church, the church owned their building and it was always wonderful for individual christians to go there at their convenience to pray, fast, and study.Thats the time when I spent so much time alone in prayer and seeking the Lord. Those years will forever be remembered as the time I developed a closer relationship with God. Over the years, after Believers Assembly started, gathering in a classroom has been quite an inconvenience. But to God be all the glory who has supplied all our needs according to His riches in glory. Now we have a place where we have started our construction works. The place is in a good, well-planned and serene area.The building will have a library, Bible study and fellowship hall. We are also glad that our recordings for the YouTube channel will be clearer in sound quality. But all this is only how far our eyes and desires can see. But we are comforted with words of Martin Luther – “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

All the works havent been an easy process, but it is so amazing to  see local believers so zealous and determined to see the structure completed as soon as possible.

As we build this structure we are careful not to get obsessed with the physical block-work. There are spiritual ‘blocks’ we must look for and establish in the Faith.

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It is “living stones” which will constitute the building of the Holy City, New Jerusalem. On 1st, 2nd and 3rd December we will be having a crusade around this area where the construction works are taking place. Join us in prayer for the Light of God to reach out to that ‘stone’ which is still lost in the dark.

Amen

 

Chipata Mission Report

We are back from Chipata, located in the Eastern Province of Zambia. It’s about 7 hours drive. Thankfully the road is perfect. Often I have to keep singing and listening to hymns and sermons to keep my mind awake. However, the stress of such a journey is all forgotten when I think about the successful mission we had.

We had a good time of fellowship at Chipata Christian Tabernacle where I taught on “Discerning the Lord’s Body” before proceeding to Muuma Village which was the purpose of our mission.

Like all other villages in Zambia, Muuma of Chief Mnukwa is away from the luxuries and noisome activities of cities. My wife and I stayed there for three days. We lived in a nice thatched house. With no conventional electric lights anywhere, the night is quite dark in this village. However, this made us enjoy the beautiful sight of the sky dotted with stars and spruced with a brightly lit moon. Later in the night, from a distance is a din of the beating of African drums. Some for entertainment and others for revering spirits.

In a village like this, one gets to experience lost cultural values of family and friendship. Sitting and reading under a tree-shade, different passers-by would wave or bow in greeting. Back in city people hardly greet even in closely compacted rooms of elevators.

The sad state of Villages

Great missionaries like Dr David Livingstone had left Europe to come and preach and also teach us how to read.

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Today we can read and earn an income but sadly very few have thought about taking the Light of Life to the rural places.  Young people are mainly obsessed with building and investing in the city. Meanwhile old folks are left to break their backs in the hot sun of the villages. What is more, we now have a new breed of missionaries who care less about simple basics of the Gospel of helping the needy of the world. Modern missionaries are market researchers given to search for niches where they can siphon out the little that people earn, promising them God’s blessings in exchange. Their revivals thrive on people’s superstition and ignorance. Thus rural areas have remained impoverished. There are no decent schools. I was so appalled to see one dilapidated school (watch a brief video report at the end of this report). There are no churches (except for a few traditional ones. Clearly in such places there are no people with the ‘seed’ to sow in the ‘Give and Prosper Ministries’!)

Meeting the chief and headmen

On the morning of going to meet the chief and headmen to secure land for a church and mission school, we closed up ourselves with my wife in a beautiful thatched room where we prayed, calling on the Light of God to shine over the village. Ours is a mission to pick up from where early European missionaries left from.We managed to meet the chief, after going through the protocol of conversing with his security personnel. We presented an official letter of our request and then went on to discuss the goal of our mission. He was very pleased. “Giving land to a church is top on our priorities because through that our people will be helped spiritually as well as physically.” I knew what he meant by “physically”. In the village a person will do very hard work in exchange for a simple shirt to wear. Many families work for salt, a rare commodity in the villages. After being assured of a wonderful size of land, I was so grateful in my heart and I said to myself, “Kuyere!” (Let there be Light).

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Office and Residence of Chief Mnukwa.

Just as we were leaving the palace, walking towards our car, two women rushed to come and greet us. “Do you remember us?” They asked. They went on to explain and testified of how we once prayed for them at a home revival meeting and how great the revival they experienced. That was as if something was beckoning to say, “Come, this is a ripe field for the Lord’s work.”

At this time we are planning crusade activities and are working on a project to construct a church building in Muuma Village. Pray with us, and if you feel led, your financial support will be of much help. God bless.