ZAMBIA: Fifteen Baptized in Remote District
Some 200 people attended evangelistic meetings and 15 were baptized in Zambia’s remote Chisomo Valley this past summer.
HEADQUARTERS: Zambia Union Conference Office.
Located in the Serenje District, Chisomo Valley presents transportation challenges to those wishing to visit the area. Motor vehicles are scarce, so most people travel there on foot, covering a distance of about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from the nearest towns and villages. Residents of Chisomo walk three days one way to sell reed mats, chickens, and other items to earn a living. Because of extremes in weather that cause flooding and drought, food production is low, so hunger is rampant.
The Adventist Church had long been planning ways to take the gospel message to Chisomo, but many barriers deterred those efforts. Then David Hanzala, a worker for the area’s Department of Health, district pastor Richard Chiluya, and retired pastor Edward Tuyu Mpolamaunga decided to meet the challenge.
Organizing a series of meetings using the theme “The Bible Speaks,” Hanzala, Chiluya, and Mpolamaunga visited the local tribal chief, who welcomed the meetings to the area. Word of the series spread, and some 200 people came to the first meeting.
“The attendance was impressive, and the number kept increasing,” said Chiluya.
By the end of the series, 15 people were baptized in the nearby Lukusashi River.