CEM Newsletter – November 2015
Dear supporters, The school year 2015 will end soon… Time to look back at what you made possible this year through your prayers and continuing support. You are a blessing for a lot of our little Zambian friends and make them shine!
With 5 Zambian trainers we are working with community schools in different districts. Let’s introduce these men. All are graduates from Covenant College. All are pastors, giving part of their time to work for the CEM. From left to right you see:
- Geofrey Zulu. He joined the team this year and is responsible for 4 schools about 50 kilometres West from Covenant College.
- Mwenya Musonda. He works for CEM since May 2011. He is responsible for 8 schools around the College and in Petauke area. He visits schools far away together with me as well. He is also responsible for arranging teachers conferences and teaching at such meetings.
- Alick Banda. He joined last year. To visit his 2 schools we travel about 100 kilometres North-East (80 km on a dirt road) and cross 7 rivers (without bridges)!
- Kenneth Moyo. He joined this year and has 4 schools to visit in Msanzala area. That means sometimes 25 kilometres on his bike, sometimes just 5… For us it can mean 60 kilometres North by car to see a school.
- Lewis Chisenga. He works with 9 schools in Sinda district (45 kilometres East) and joins me when I visit a school in Katete (80 kilometres East, where we hope to start a new area with a new trainer in future). He worked with us for 3 years now.
- And then it is me! All I need to do is to be in the back ground to back these men up to make them grow in their training skills. It is so nice to see what they can do for their own communities by encouraging teachers and making sure children receive Christian education.
In the school holidays we held 2 teachers conferences this year. In both weeks we learned a lot about teaching Bible lessons, but also about a lot of other education topics. We do games and make teaching materials as well.
During our school visits we check if the teachers are able to put their knowledge into practice. And then it doesn’t matter if you teach in a school from bricks or from mud and grass, if you teach in a church or outside.
The number of schools that joined in our programme grew in 2015 from 28 to 35 schools. We are so thankful, and hope for even more! Altogether we reach out to about 60 teachers and 2000 children… Can you imagine? Please keep joining hands with us so that we are together a blessing for these children!
Jesus said: ‘Let the children come to Me, do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’
Warm greetings from Zambia, on behalf of the Christian Education Ministry Team,