Zambia, Church Partners
Our three church partners in Zambia are mobilized to serve vulnerable children in the population centres of Mongu (western Zambia) and Livingstone (southern Zambia). With more than two-thirds of the country living below the poverty line, ministry teams search the neighbourhoods for children in need, often giving from what little the congregation has while also praying with struggling families. Thanks to people like you, at the beginning of 2020, children were receiving literacy support, food packs, and bible lessons. More than 350 children were provided with school fees – allowing many kids to attend school for the first time!
“The difficulty has been not only economic but also psychological,” explained Deacon Amos of the Calvary Church. In our African culture, attending a funeral is in our blood, but there are strict limits on attending such ceremonies, and restrictions around church services and other social gatherings at large have been hard on the community.”
“For some families, it has meant children could not eat every day. If you eat today, you will not eat tomorrow,” said Amos. Yet, by your kindness and generosity, the Calvary church was able to distribute food baskets to the vulnerable families of all children supported in their education through the church! Praise God!
Benny, a retired police officer and volunteer coordinator with the Mongu Evangelical Church, said this: “the churches are normally the last hope for many vulnerable children and families – members and non- members alike. There are knocks at our doors day and night by those seeking help, and while the church itself is struggling, support through Hope Story has helped us to fulfill God’s desire to care for his sheep during this difficult time.
thank you for your support."
Read our latest stories from Zambia about a boy named Joseph and a girl named Tapiwa
This is Joseph. He is 11-years old and in grade 5. He has two sisters and one brother. His father is elderly and unable to work physically. The support of the church community has been essential to the family’s ongoing survival. Older brother Bernard (twenty-one) is the family’s only source of income – about $23 per month. This has to cover rent, food –everything. For this, he goes to the market and sells what he can of fried sausages, biscuits, and roasted groundnuts.
Tapiwa is a 4-year-old girl who attends the preschool run by Calvary church, serving 45 children before COVID-19 forced its closure. She lives with six siblings and a single mother in a one-room unfinished house.
Reverend Imasiku, of LCC Church (our third church partner), also had much to say in appreciation. “We are grateful for the support from Hope Story – it has lightened the burden of the congregation as many families are looking to the church for help,” he shared.
All three of our church partners have continued to distribute food baskets to struggling families in their community, as well as the families of children in our sponsorship program.