We have completed our third out of four weeks of our annual “Muzha wa Yesu” (slave of Christ) seminar! It has been our best yet. This group of forty men have overcome significant challenges to make this school happen. They’ve sacrifice time, money, and even food to come and be feed spiritually by the Word. After this last week, the men will return to their congregations (who also paid money to help send each student) and teach all that they have learned for the rest of the year. We are seeing great maturity with these leaders. They have really grown in their knowledge of the Word and in their commitment to Christ. I had an especially great time teaching a part of Hebrews. These men relate to the Hebrews in many ways. They face persecutions that could lead to things such as cursing from others, which is a scary thing for these people. Many of our young churches have struggled with people falling back to their old belief system. However, these men are learning to have faith and hope in the better promises of God. I had them list the promises of their past belief system with the promises of God and see which are better. It was a telling class, but they all agreed that God’s promises are better. Of course, it’s easy to say that, but as the writer of Hebrews urges—we must live it. I’m constantly challenged by the faith of these men. They have to make very big decisions to give up the false security of their traditional practices. It certainly challenges me to think on the promises offered in my home culture. Things like putting faith in money, insurances, and comforts of life often times become a temptation. Together with these Zambian men let us all consider the better, lasting promises of God to be better than that which is temporary. Please pray for this final week for these men to have the strength carry on in learning and the courage to take the messages back to their homes.
Blessings - Jeremy