News in Brief The new academic year at the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi (EBCoM) started in September. zm has just taken a big step of faith to support a huge total of 58 students at the college: the largest number ever. These students come from eight different church denominations. It is so important for pastors in Malawi to be taught the trustworthy message of the gospel accurately, so that they can hold firmly to it when teaching and preaching, and also refute false doctrine. Although we have many supporters who already sponsor a student at EBCoM, there is a real need for us to find more. The Zambezi Evangelical Church (ZEC) is one of our main partners in Malawi. It was originally founded by zm but has been independent, self-supporting and self-propagating for over 50 years. ZEC runs six health centres in Malawi. These are places where the love of Christ is shown to the sick and needy from the surrounding communities. It is very expensive to train medical staff to work in these centres; so zm is partnering with ZEC to support two Christian students to study for a Diploma of Clinical Medicine at Malamulo College of Health Sciences. Please contact the office if you are interested in sponsoring one of these students. zambesi mission — Gift Scheme You will find the latest Gift Scheme leaflet enclosed with Update and In Prayer. It is wonderful to be able to give gifts to one another that remind us of God’s indescribable gift to us: the gift of eternal life through His Son Jesus. The scheme offers a range of gifts that you can “give” to friends or relations. They meet a variety of needs in Africa, and cost from £5 upwards. Don’t worry if you feel you can’t afford the price of a particular gift — just specify which gift you would like to contribute towards, and then give what you can. We will provide you with a card to send out, describing the gift you have made on their behalf. Note – when you request a card to be sent during November and December, we will assume you would like a Christmas card, unless you specify otherwise. We can also provide “giant” A4-sized Christmas cards for churches again this year. Please ring or email the office if you are interested in this. * N.B. A small charge is applied to all gifts to help cover essential running costs. We are very grateful for any gift and shall use it as requested. If we receive more than required for any project, or a more pressing need arises, we hope you will understand if we use your gift where most needed. A For mailing purposes we hold your name and address on our computer. They will not be given to any other person or organisation, but if you prefer not to receive this literature, let us know and we will remove your details from the mailing list. Mission Director: Administrator: Mike Beresford (address as office) [email protected] Richard Brassington, zm, York Baptist Church, Priory St, York YO1 6EX 01904 674748 [email protected] UK Development Manager: Dave Brown, Dove Cottage, Church St, Wetheringsett IP14 5PH 01449 766151 [email protected] Member of: Hon. Representatives: (Scotland) Ralph Gunn, 27 Elvan St, Motherwell ML1 3EN 01698 251445 [email protected] (S. England) Tom Jardine, 16 Donnelly Rd, Bournemouth BN6 5NW 01202 468970 [email protected] (NW. England) Stephen Williams, 19 Thorpe Field, Tirril, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2JN 01768 210172 [email protected] zm is a charity registered in England and Wales (1078673) and Scotland (SCO39167) www.zambesimission.org November 2014 - January 2015 “Submit yourselves, then, to God”. James 4:7a Our front cover shows Mrs Mercy Mkwezalamba at the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi (EBCoM). She runs the course for pastors’ wives. She was a pastor’s wife herself until her husband died just over ten years ago, so she has a very real insight into the needs of these ladies. She told me that last year “four women received Christ during these classes – not only this year, but always. Some also don’t know how to read or write, but leave not only being able to read and write, but also to prepare a sermon and speak in front of the whole college”. Mrs Mkwezalamba said that “after their training their spiritual life is not the same. They are well prepared to serve God. We also encourage them to love their ministry”. But she also shared, “to be honest, teaching women is not easy!” We asked her how she managed to achieve such transformation in these women. Mrs Mkwezalamba says “I think my secret is that I depend on God”. May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Myles and Ruth MacBean zm’s founder Joseph Booth coined the phrase “Africa for the African”. This concept is at the heart of everything zm does today. zm is an “enabling” organisation, not a “doing” one: we work solely through partnership with national organisations. These partners share zm’s primary objective - to preach the gospel and extend and strengthen the church of Jesus Christ. zm’s role is to serve Christ as equal partners with our brothers and sisters in Christ in Malawi and Mozambique. Our relationship with our African partners is one of equally broken individuals before God: walking together on a road of discipleship, learning from and supporting one another. We earnestly seek to help our fellow Christians in Malawi in their God-given mandate to make disciples of all nations and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus commanded. In this context, Myles and Ruth MacBean were commissioned on 11th October by their sending church partnership (Great Blakenham Baptist Church and Mickfield Evangelical Church) as Church Development Partners with zm. They will be based in Blantyre, Malawi and will be starting their assignment at the beginning of November. Myles’s main role will be partnering with the leadership of Zambezi Evangelical Church to support them as they develop their vision and key strategic initiatives. Ruth will be partnering with the Children For Christ Ministries team and using her musical gifts to teach students; she is also hoping to make recordings of Malawian worship songs, and in time to run workshops for the creation of new Bible-based worship songs in Chichewa. The leaflet enclosed with Update provides more information about Myles and Ruth MacBean and their role with zm and our church partners. It also provides more information about how to support Myles and Ruth through prayer or giving. ZEC - Summer Conferences During August ZEC held national conferences for the Fellowship of Youth (FoY) in Dombole and the Chiyanjano Cha Amayi (Women’s Fellowship) in Mchinji. The Chiyanjano event was attended by over 3,200 women from ZEC churches across Malawi. Their focus was on “Jesus Christ, the Light of the World - Truth and Life”. Later in the month, over 3,650 young people attended the youth conference. Our Field Director Simon Chikwana commented, “The conference was timely for the fact that the life of the youth is being challenged by strong winds of antiChrist and liberalism. The teaching was centred on the word of God, holiness, discipleship, counselling and countering peer influence”. During the conference a strategic plan was launched for the young people which included a Biblebased discipleship programme for every FoY group in the land. Ladies from ZEC’s Chiyanjano Cha Amayi (Women’s Fellowship) at Mchinji in August Young Christians gathered together at the ZEC National Youth Conference at Dombole Gospel Cards, Etc Once again this year zm will benefit from the sale of Christmas cards and other cards and gifts available from Gospel Cards, etc. 20% of their Christmas card sales and 5% of the sale of other items will be given to 30 Christian missions, including zm. To date, we and other societies have received nearly £300,000 in this way. The gifts are produced to a very high standard and make excellent presents for children and adults, whilst the cards are perfect for sending to both Christian and non-Christian family and friends. See the enclosed leaflet for further details, or if you receive Update via email, please go to http://www.gospelcardsetc.com to view the catalogue. Please can you circle zambesi mission at the bottom of the form if you place an order? Thank you for your support.
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