Zambia is a landlocked nation in southern Africa situated between the Democratic Republic of Congo to the north and Zimbabwe to the south. Located just below the equator, most of Zambia is on a high plateau, which gives the country a moderate subtropical climate. In Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, average temperatures are 16 degrees Celsius (61 Fahrenheit) in the winter and 21 degrees Celsius (70 Fahrenheit) in the summer.
In 1855 famed British medical missionary David Livingstone was one of the first Westerners to travel through what is now Zambia and to discover the stunning Victoria Falls along the Zambezi River.
Starting in the 1870s some half dozen European countries scrambled for control of much of Africa, looking for natural resources. As part of this “Scramble for Africa,” the British South African Company (BSA), under a charter from the British government, turned what is now Zambia into a protectorate nation in 1888 and eventually called it Northern Rhodesia. Zambia remained under BSA control until 1923, when the British government took control. Zambia gained its independence in 1964.
Zambia has vast grasslands dotted with trees. Wildlife such as lions, elephants, rhinoceros, and antelope freely roam the countryside. However, Zambia is known for its rich mineral deposits, especially its copper reserves in the country’s northwest corner. In the late 1960s it was the world’s third largest copper producer. Unfortunately, Zambia depended so heavily on its copper exports that when copper prices tumbled in the mid-70s the country’s economy nearly collapsed. Zambia still depends on copper for most of its foreign trade.
As with most of sub-Saharan Africa, HIV-AIDS is endemic in Zambia. Malaria and other diseases make life expectancy in Zambia just 38 years. According to some sources more than half the country lives below the World Bank poverty line of less than US$1 per day.
English (official), Bemba, Lozi, Nyanga, and Tonga
*General Conference Office of Archives and Statistics, 145th Annual Statistical Report
Of the some 12 million people who live in Zambia nearly 600,000 are Seventh-day Adventists, a ratio of one Adventist for every 20 people. Yet the Adventist Church has only one secondary school and a handful of elementary schools in the entire country.
In 2003 the Adventist Church established Zambia Adventist University in Southern Zambia, some 100 miles outside Lusaka. More than 800 students study there. The school library has 42,000 books, but no library space to house them. Part of this quarter’s Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will help provide a library for this university.
You can help tell the world about Jesus by rebuilding Adventist schools in Angola and Zambia so young people can get the education they need to become active, contributing members of their church and society. With your support, they can share a message of hope in Jesus with people in their communities.
Thank you for doing your part to share God’s love with the world. And thank you for your support of the weekly mission offerings.