Category: Nyali Mission News Updates

Testimonies in June and July – We have aquired an interlocking-block-making machine!

In the past when we would visit rural places, we used to give out clothes  and money (mainly saved up from salaries) to poor people. With time we realised that this was not sustainable. I will never forget one time, in a village in Mozambique, when we visited a church whose pastor not only had no shoes but didn’t own a Bible! But even if he had one, we wondered, would he be able to read?

It was in Mnukwa village of Zambia’s Eastern Province when we decided that, alongside evangelism works we ought to establish  literacy and skills training programmes. The last time I visited this village we were encouraged by some testimonies of visions and dreams given by some believers.

Going back to Lusaka I drove for over 7 hours. This was so tiring especially after a stressful itinerary of preaching and praying for people and moving about to survey the land that our ministry had been offered by the Chief Council. We arrived late at night and only slept at 1 AM. At 6 AM I was already awake to report for work!

Upon arriving in the office I was feeling sick from the stress of the journey. I tried to work but failed. However, it wasn’t the physical stress alone that exhausted my mind. The various demands of the mission journey had wiped out my salary which had transacted to my account some two days earlier! [Mission work can be so demanding. It’s a sacrfice, but I am so deeply thankful to God for a team of brothers (and their spouses) who have been so passionate about God’s work. Most of these friends are old childhood friends who have been aquintances since High School and we have seen each other grow, start work, get married and raise families. Many times we have put monies together to help the needy in the fellowship, especially school going children who cannot afford tution fees and elderly folk who are too poor to sustain themselves. Looking at how God has always been faithful to meet our needs, we have learned to take steps of faith even in seemingly impossible situations. The results have been so rewarding that there is a perception that our local assembly is funded by Whites, as is common with many faith-based organisations and NGOs! Sadly, many Africans have yet to see what selfless committment to God’s work can do in their countries.Where there is a will to do what is right to the glory of God, I have seen the Lord always making a way. I have often thought about Dr David Livingstone; he left the comfort of  Scotland coming to an uncivilsied foreign land. We are determined to carry on where such gallant missionaries left off!).

Dont worry…Something will happen very soon”

That day in the office, sitting before my computer , I could not concentrate on work. I thought about the school fees of my two sons and also the various other personal expenses. Wearily I bowed down my head and prayed, “Lord, you have always supplied my needs…right now I feel stressed and don’t know what to do…” In a moment, before I even finished praying, as cleary as a voice of a person speaking, deep within my heart came assuring words, “Dont worry…Something will happen very soon. ” It was  a strange experience which was followed by deep peace and rest in the heart. I could not explain the emotion. “This is unusal” I thought to myself. I looked at the time display on the computer screen and it was almost lunch time. I decided to go and sleep at home.

After two hours I received a text message. It was from Sister Bree in USA. I have known her to be spiritual and led of the Lord. Her text read, “The Lord has provided me a financial blessing“. She asked for bank details and stated : “The funds are not tithes…use them at your discretion for yourself and your wife…Wherever you have a need.” She went further to explain what had happend when she was at the Post Office: “here is the strange part: I was in line at the post office , and as I was waiting , I saw the glory of the Lord come down…I wondered about WHY that would happen in that place…” She transacted an amount that is three times my salary!

I read through the text and in tears I glorified God who supplies all our needs accoridng to His riches in glory (Phi.4:19). This experience reassured me that if God has called you to His work, He takes care of it!

“Now we can build!”

Days and weeks passed and one thought kept digging on my mind:  how would we build a church and a school? I didnt want to use the sub-standard materials and structures of village quality. I dont believe an area can be developed like that. However, God was about to do something again that would show us that He was in control.

On 11th June, brother Akpan Blessing Nice of Nigeria (a missionary associate), texted asking me to find time to phone him. I phoned immediately and he had important news for me. His explanation as I can recall went something like this: “Have you heard about an interlocking block machine that was invented in Kenya?… I bought one and its amazing! It uses ordinary soil and you only have to mix a little cement. It makes firm blocks through compression. The blocks are interlocking and so you dont need mortar to bind them when building. You will be able to build structures quickly…its already causing an atttaction here, people aregetting surprised at how we are able to complete structures in a matter of weeks! You must get the machine!…

Brother Nice told me to search for “Makiga Engineering” on YouTube to see the kind of structures we could build with the blocks. I quickly did that and  there the videos came up! I asked myself, “Where was I not to know about this equipment!” It would cut our construction costs by as much as 60%!

I inquired on the price of the machine in Kenya and it was time for trouble again. My local assembly in Lusaka is still engaged with a  church-building project and I could not bring up a suggestion of another project. We needed about US$1000 to buy the machine and $600 for freight costs.  That would be too expensive for us. However, this time I did not give place to doubt. I knew that if it would please the Lord for us to have the machine, He would provide a way.

I prayed, “Lord, we need to build a church and a school in that village and this machine is one cost-effective solution that would enable us quickly raise strong and good structures. May it be one day that different believers from Malawi, Zimbabwe, and various places in my country will gather for meetings in that village…

That day I spent time doing much research on the Internet about the technology. I decided to call a close friend who is into construction to find out if he knew about the machine and where I could get it from. “The Technology Develooment and Advisory Unit  of the University of Zambia sells those machines! The unit has sponsorship from ILO and we were trained in using the machines. Remember that beautiful model house I showed you at our work place?” he reminded me; “We constructed it using the same blocks.” Wow, that was too much for me to hear! “How much are they here in Zambia?” I quickly asked. He mentioned the same price I got from Kenya but with the advantage of no freight cost in Zambia!

That night I tossed and turned on my bed, failing to sleep as I kept thinking about the machine and how nice it would be to start the construction works on the mission field. The following day I could not contain the burden within myself. I decided to share the information with brother Richard Gan of Singapore. This was troubling as  I have once sat in a meeting in Singapore during which various helps to be sent to various places overseas were being discussed. Thoughts reeled through my mind thinking, “If he would be able to assist with 50% of the cost, then I can save for some two or three months from my salary or perhaps borrow money to meet the balance.” I thought about the testimony-money I had received from Sister Bree, and wished I had known about the machine then!

The more information I gathered about the interlocking-block making machine the bigger the burden grew in my heart. Well, I could no longer contain it. I went to my PC and began to type a mail to Brother Gan: “Sorry but I am here to cause you trouble…” I explained about the urgent  need of the machine for the mission work.

Within a minute brother Gan responded: “Alright. Will send the one thousand.” And that was it! He quickly transacted the money and sent the details. I could not hold the burst of joy, like a little boy I screamed as I jumped up in praising the Lord in the bedroom. I called out to Norah and we immediately had a noisy praise and worship time. I phoned my mission team telling them the great news and that we would now soon constuct the church and the school.

As at this moment the machine has been paid for and we are soon to collect it. Last month we were in fasting praying about our next mission itinerary in August. This time around we wont just minister but will start the construction works. TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!

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!

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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

 

Ndola Visit

On 28th April 2018 I visited believers in Ndola, the provincial town of the Copperbelt  Province of Zambia. Pastor John Kasonde oversees a number of congregations in this region. The last time I was in Ndola was when we took brother John Mark Louse of Uganda to go and minister there. This brought fond memories of that gallant apostle of faith who went on to be with the Lord after that final mission visit.  The day I arrived in Ndola I decided to visit my grandfather (the brother to my mother’s mother). He has avidly read The Original Sin and Genesis books by brother Richard Gan. The books have so deeply impressed him that he always talks about them whenever we meet.

The following day was a Sunday (29th April) and I was scheduled to minister in two places – Kabushi and Chipurukusu. In the morning, after driving me to the main church in Kabushi, Pastor Kasonde left me with the elders and deacons. He proceeded to Chipurukusu to prepare the people for my going there to minister in the afternoon. That later turned out to be a testimony.

In Kabushi I taught from 2 Corinthians on “Treasure in Earthen vessels.” I later learned that highlights emphasised in this preaching were a testimony to the congregants; the deacon at the end of the service testified of how Pastor Kasonde had preached  a similar message the previous Friday. A significant portion of my preaching dwelt on speaking about the Book of Life. So much was spoken about the meaning of Book of Life that other people may have thought that was  the title of the message. Well, we would soon realise that this was  a testimony in making!

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Upon arrival at Chipurukusu we found the title of Pastor Kasonde’s morning sermon to that congregation written in big words on the small black board in front of the church  – “The Book of Life“! We praised the Lord for His leading. In this place I preached on “Weight of Glory” (2 Cor.4:17) and towards the end of the sermon I encouraged the believers to stand firm on the Rock despite the various challenges they may face in life. To God be all the Glory.