This July, I had the tremendous privilege of joining the Newfrontiers Go Zambia trip, hosted by our partners at Dayspring Church, Kitwe. This missions trip was memorable for all the right reasons, including the fact that it was my first missions trip to Africa, and that I had the opportunity to celebrate my 25th birthday there!
We had a great team of six young people (at 25, I was the golden oldie) representing different churches from all over the UK: Horsham, Crawley, Bedford, Southampton, Liverpool, and of course, Manchester. It was a joy to see how the team came together, each of us bringing our unique God-given gifts and abilities to the table. Even more wonderful was seeing how God was able to use these talents in new and unexpected ways through the various activities over the two weeks. These activities included conducting a prophetic workshop for the church youth, doing crafts with the girls at the girls' centre, and even leading a basketball clinic for the boys, which culminated in a UK vs Zambia face-off! I'm happy to report that I, honourary Briton for a day, donned the colours and scored one for the team...
My favourite thing was witnessing and experiencing the vibrant life and amazing talents to be found in the Zambian Church. I was humbled by the warmth and hospitality that was shown to us, often extended in the tangible and much-appreciated form of food. It was a privilege to come alongside our brothers and sisters at Dayspring Church to partner in the tremendous work they are doing. Hearing from them about where God is leading in terms of outreach and ministry, it is clear that there is so much more that needs to be done. Among the projects in the pipeline is Dayspring Academy, which they envision to be a quality primary school for the children at the centres as well as in the wider community, but for which much more resources are still needed. Nevertheless, by God's grace the church continues to grow - a powerful indication that God is indeed on the move!
This trip was a reminder of God's goodness to us and how we are called to reflect that goodness to each other in community, both in our home churches and in the wider body of the church.
"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works... encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near" (Hebrews 10:25).
My hope is that we at Christ Central will share in the joy of our Zambian brothers and sisters as we continue to co-labour with them in Christ.