ZAMBIA MESSIANIC FELLOWSHIP NEWSLETTER.
Chag Sameach Purim
Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves. Mathew 10:16
The Master is sending us into the midst of wolves and not away or from wolves. As sheep we are a delicacy for wolves but that was not God’s intention for saving us. He did not save us that we must be devoured.
We must therefore be on the look out for wolves and espeacially the hard ones to tell. Those in sheep’s clothing. We therefore need the wisdom of the serpent and the meekness of the dove. The Scripture joins these two together that is meekness and wisdom, in other words one must have the serpent’s eye in the dove’s head. We must have wisdom with our innocence otherwise our innocence is nothing but weakness. We must also have innocence with our wisdom otherwise our wisdom is nothing but craftiness. We must have the innocence of the dove—that we may not harm others; and we must have the wisdom of the serpent—that others may not harm us.
We must have the innocence of the dove—that we may not betray the truth; and the wisdom of the serpent—that we may not betray ourselves. In short, innocence without wisdom is too weak to be safe. Wisdom without innocence is harmful and not good.
Rabbi Jay Ledbetter giving Cheiftainess Chiawa, queen of the Goba people a Mezuza.
We were greatly honored to host Rabbi Jay Ledbetter and his wonderful wife Pam for about two weeks. The Lord spoke a lot of comfort, encouragement and knowledge through the Ledbetters. Everyone fell in love with them.
Rabbi Jay ended his visit by sharing at the Presidential palace in Lusaka and challenged Zambian leaders to put God first and not self!!
Rabbi Jay visited with the orphans under our care and a number of congregations under the Zambia Messianic Fellowship, met with Chieftainess Chiawa the queen of the 30,000 strong Goba tribe and gave her a gift which included a Mezuza. A few years ago the queen of the Goba people come to faith in the God of Israel and did away with all pagan worship in her area. About 40 of the 44 leaders under her now profess faith in Yeshua the Messiah of Israel.
I am happy to announce the birth of our newest congregation in Rufunsa (east of Lusaka). It is made up mostly of peasant farmers who have for years been studying the Bible, praying for Israel and the Jewish people. I have personally mentored the leader brother Choongo for about two years.
Meanwhile 18 people were mikvered at the Zambia Messianic Fellowship and we praise God for these precious lives.
Rabbi Jay conducting a mikavah (baptism) in Lusaka.
Alex with the new Israeli ambassador to Zambia Gershom Kedar.
Zambia has a new Israeli ambassador Gershom Kedar whom we welcomed a few days ago in Lusaka. Ambassador Kedar is stationed in Nairobi but covers Zambia as well.
Zambia is set to go for elections August 11 this year. Already there has been incidents of violence and we ask for prayer that peace and tranquility will prevail and that God will give us leaders who fear Him.
We have two new children who were brought to our orphanage by the government after being abandoned by their father who has since vanished. Fujhulia is 11 and her brother Chisomo is 4. We also take
The Day School
The day school has moved a block away to a new location after a lot of harassment of our stuff by the landlord and his family. Despite of all this the school has continued doing very well academically. Our school has qualified to the finals of the spelling quiz of all community schools in Lilanda Zone!
On a sad note we have lost Isaac Mwanza one of the children at the day school.
Graciousness Extended Project
Occasionally we have the opportunity to extend graciousness to children that have special needs or have graduated from our day school but have no support. Some of the children who have graduated from the 7th grade no longer are given a meal or assistance to go on further with their education. We have developed this program to help care for these children who do not fall under our school and feeding program. If you were sponsoring a child who has since graduated and you would like to continue sponsoring the same child this is for you.
We have started moving our offices from downtown Lusaka to our property.
Shalom Zambia radio program is now back on the air and we are already receiving positive feedback.
- Castlewood Canyon Church will be bringing a team in July 2016. Their last visit was a great blessing with over 100 new salvations.
- Congregational 268 are also coming in August 2016 and as usual everyone is excited. They have touched many lives for God in Zambia including praying and ministering to royal tribal leaders. Hallelujah!!
The Yalenga Family
Tamar Yalenga leading services at the Zambia Messianic Fellowship during her bat mitzvah.
Our oldest daughter Tamar had her Bat Mitzvah at the Zambia Messianic Fellowship. Family from around the country, some members of the local Jewish community and members of our congregation joined us in celebrating Tamar’s bat mitzvah. Many thanks to HaShem and all His children who sent blessings, best wishes and come in person.
Tamar reading from the Torah during her bat mitzvah.
Continue praying for the Yalenga family as they minister the gospel in Zambia and around the world.
PRAYER POINTS- Please join us in prayer for the following:
- The Luwingu congregation are in need of a new roof costing $900.
- Our Chinkuli congregation is again under attack from the tribal leader who wants to control our congregational water well. The well is open to all villagers but we must regulate it’s use.
- The greatest numerical growth of Bible believers in the world is currently taking place in Africa and African believers are facing an increased level of persecutions from Muslims. Beheadings, shootings, bomb attacks, kidnapping, slavery, forced conversion, acid attacks and many other evil things are being committed against God’s children. Please pray for the Body of Messiah in Africa especially in Nigeria, Kenya and Somalia.
- Please do pray for the court case involving our property to be disposed of once and for all and for finances to pay all the legal fees.
- Pray for continued sponsorship for our Shalom Zambia radio outreach and that we will bear fruit among the 2.5 million listeners.
- Protection from counterfeit believers.
- Open doors for the gospel
- Salvation of the Zambian Jewish community, Muslim community and African tribal communities
- Spiritual and numerical growth.
- Finances for ministry needs, including a sponsor for each child under our care, financial support for the Yalenga family and for the needs of the other congregations under ZMF’s covering.
- A new ministry truck costing $40,000
- $80 a month will allow a child to stay at our orphanage giving them a safe place, warm bed, three meals a day and school. Children will be taken in after a sponsor is found.
- $25 a month will sponsor, feed and educate one orphan for the whole month at our day school. We still have over 60 orphans in need of sponsors.
- $90 will sponsor one radio outreach program to over 2.5 million people.
- $150 will help pay the monthly wage of one teacher at the orphanage day school. We have 8 teachers teaching about 160 children.
- $6 will buy a bible for a new believer.
- $50 will buy a goat to provide protein for 164 orphans for a day.
- Monthly support for the Yalenga family
Thank you for being a blessing.
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If you have questions or are looking for possibilities of supporting the ministry, sponsoring an orphan, being involved in our Graciousness Extended program or supporting the Yalenga family, please contact Maria Schmitt at email@example.com or 719-487-9061.
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