International Ministries

One Child At A Time

June 13, 2009 Journal
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“How do you eat and elephant?” … “One bite at a time.”  How do you help the masses of children living in poverty, who want to eat everyday, who want to go to school every day?  One child at a time!!

Our primary mission objective in Zambia is working in partnership with the Baptist Convention of Zambia (BCZ) in areas of theological training for pastors, and church leadership development.  Many other ministry hours, alongside training pastors, are also spent in sharing Christ and meeting human needs.

One may not hear a lot about the AIDS pandemic still, but its ravages are ever present.  Many extended family homes, orphanages and communities are struggling to feed, educate and clothe the hundreds of thousands of children who have fallen, and are still falling, victim to this disease. Many children, through mother-to-child transmission, have been afflicted with AIDS, but with Anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) and a good balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and protein, some can live healthier with this disease.

One of the many schools in our ministry is WellSpring of Faith and Hope Orphanage and Training Center.  This “community school” was not started by the government but as a ministry and orphanage project to provide education and care for poor, orphaned and HIV infected and affected children.  WellSpring is currently located in Kalikiliki, an area in the urban city of Lusaka, but we are working on relocating to a much larger area, Chongwe, a rural village outside of Lusaka.  There the children can play, grow their own vegetables in order to combat malnutrition and take the ARV’s, and have a place where they can live and learn and grow.  

Currently about 67 children are enrolled at the WellSpring Community School.  The school is run in the house of a church member and has to platoon; grades 1, 3 and 6 attend from 7:30am until 12:00pm, and grades 2, 4, and 5 from 1:00pm until 4:30pm.  Being a church based ministry Christ is shared with the students and the community.  Some of the people, who have no hope, now have a new outlook on their and their children’s future, thanks to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Enrollment dramatically increases when through this project we show the love of Christ and meet human needs.  When WellSpring can provide one meal a day to these students unable to afford school fees, a real need is met.

In March of this year we appealed to you, our supporters, to continue to partner with us to help train our BCZ pastors at the recently opened Zambia International Theological Seminary (ZITC).  We need your help for this; as well as help with other ministry projects God has charged us with.   Many of you responded to the “matching funds” appeal and we thank you for your generosity.  What we do in Zambia can only be done in partnership with supporters like you and lots of prayer.

For those of you who have not had a chance to respond to our appeal letter, it is not too late.   You still have until June 30th to send in your gifts for matching funds and we ask that you be prayerful in your giving.

God is doing marvelous things in Zambia, and He is doing it one day at a time, with one child at a time, through one person at a time, so that none of us should feel overwhelmed.  If you are receiving this letter electronically, we have your e-mail address.  If you are receiving this by regular post, we ask that you would please give us your e-mail address so that we can get updates to you more readily.  We would like to reach you via Facebook or other social networking means also so send us your Facebook address!

If you would like to donate now and change one life at a time, please visit our website at www.internationalministries.org or www.westinzambia.org and click on the “donate” button.  Let us know how you would like your gifts to be used and we will honor your wishes.

After so many years on the mission field, we have come to realize that God blesses faithfulness and obedience.

May God richly bless you for your faithfulness!    

Rev. Charles and Sarah West
chasarwest@aol.com
MPT Website: www.westinzambia.org