At the beginning of September, our 50 person Advanced Missions Training class split into three groups and spent a week in the Mukuni Chiefdom for ministry. I was very excited to be able to join them and Pastor Winter, the sector manager for Mukuni, for several days of ministry.
These were new areas for Pastor Winter, but not new for Overland Missions. Years ago we had done ministry in these three areas but through some transitions with partners, the ministry didn’t continue until now. It was amazing to see relationships restarted, the excitement and hunger for the Gospel, and revival stir up in the lives of the men and women here.
Pastor Winter met with the leaders and pastors of each village, sharing with them the vision Overland Missions has for the churches to work together, reaching their communities and beyond. Now plans are being made for meetings to continue to disciple the men and women who gave their lives to Christ and to equip the leaders for ministry.
Shortly after the team returned to the base from their expedition, our staff from all over Zambia arrived for Revival Week. It’s an event we usually host twice a year where our team comes in to join the AMT class for several days of ministry and revival. It’s times like these that are so valuable to what we do. In order to carry revival, we must first learn to cultivate it. And it can only be done by intentionally taking time to focus solely on Him. In Luke 10, Jesus explains to Martha that Mary has “chosen the good part.” Because when we make sitting at Jesus’ feet our priority, everything we do will come out of that overflow.
As soon as revival week was finished, a few friends and I headed to Lusaka. I was able to go to the Zambian Immigration Office and collect my residency permit. I am officially a permanent resident of Zambia!
The truck seems like it’s finally running well. There’s one more code coming up and we’re still trying to figure out exactly why. But otherwise everything looks reliable and October should be spent mainly out in Simwatachela! I’m looking forward to several consistent weeks out and to see God move in the lives of the men and women we’re meeting with.
As we all have experienced, 2020 has been a hard year to make plans. But now as things are starting to open up and hopefully return to normal, I’ve finally locked in travel dates for my visit home.
I will be leaving Zambia on November 23rd and arriving home in Florida just in time for Thanksgiving. I’m hoping to spend about 4 months in the States, pending on support raising.
My time in the States tentatively looks like the following:
December & January- Florida
March- California & Florida
April- Return to Zambia
I’m looking forward to seeing you all and sharing about everything God is doing here in Zambia!
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. It means a lot to me and is making a difference in the lives of the people we are reaching in Zambia!