Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bauleni Baptist Church

Phil. 3:10 says, "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead."


This past Sunday Kevin was asked to preach at Bauleni Baptist Church in Bauleni compound.  The pastor and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Zulu, have been friends of ours since 1997 when they were students of mine at the Baptist Theological Seminary of Lusaka.  I taught Samson English grammar and his wife ESL.  Since graduating from seminary the Zulu's have been serving at Bauleni Baptist Church and doing a great job.  They have planted several churches within Lusaka and in other parts of the country.  He has helped in many of our bible schools in the eastern part of Zambia too.  Now, they are doing a discipleship program  in their church called One on One with God.  He trained some leaders in his church in this program and then they are now each training different groups within the church.  After they finish, those who went through it will teach others.  Sounds like multiplication to me!!  I asked him, "After everyone in your church is trained, what will you do?"  His answer was, "Then we'll start teaching outside of the church."  Sounds like a good plan to me!  
"And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others."  2 Tim. 2:2
We enjoyed a good lunch after the service with the Zulu's and had a good time catching up with them and hearing about all that God is doing in their area.

This is just part of the Bauleni Baptist church.  You can see they are trying to build and add on to their existing church.  I'm guessing there were around 350-400 there this past Sunday.
It had been raining all morning.  On our way out of the compound we took a few pics. of the flooding.  Many times in most of the compounds there is not good drainage so you'll find lots of flooding during the rainy season.  What is so sad is that many children drown in this flooding because you can not tell where a big ditch is and as they walk through the water they fall into a ditch and can't swim.

Life is difficult in the compounds but this man stopped his work and gave us a big smile and thumbs up as we drove past.
There are many compounds in Lusaka where the living conditions of the people would just stun you.  Please pray for Bauleni Baptist church as they try to reach the lost in their compound that peoples hearts would be receptive to the gospel.  

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