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Off to Zambia, Part one

January 26, 2012

Well here we go again. It’s off to Lusaka, Zambia with another Work and Witness team from Chicago Heights Church of the Nazarene. I am leaving from Arizona with two of the team members that live here and will be meeting the rest of the team in Washington D.C. From there we fly to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and then on to Lusaka, Zambia. We left AZ on January 8th. and arrive in Zambia on the 10th. We are to be housed in a Baptist guest house complex in the city of Lusaka.

Babtist Guest Housing

The project was to work on a partially build training center about a thirty minute drive south of the city. The building was started on the site of one of the oldest Nazarene Churches in Zambia. The church has twenty acres providing a place to build the Africa Central Field and Training Center. People in Zambia are accepting Jesus at an increasing rate and churches are being planted on a regular basis. Membership in the Zambia district has grown from 10,000 to over 50,000 in the last ten years. As a result there is a lack of trained pastors to serve in the new churches. This training center would serve central Africa to train new pastors for service in these new churches.

Chipongwe Church of the Nazarene

The training center was started and the foundation and block walls are in place with two of the six sections are under roof at this time. Our task was to work with the construction team to try to finish as much of the eight rooms that are under roof as possible.

Africa Central Field and Training Center.

A local crew are working on finishing the walls. There are using a mortar mix with sand to plaster the walls. The mortar mix is placed on the walls and smoothed out to create a stucco type finish on the walls. Some of the tasks we are to do include installing electrical conduit and wire, install plumbing for the bathrooms, dig a trench to keep water away from the building, paint the inside walls, installing ceiling rafters and the ceiling boards, digging a trench to run the waste disposal to the septic tank, install steel gates at entrance and exit doors to secure the building, pour some concrete floors in the hallways and whatever tasks are required to finish the rooms.

Most of the rooms were in this condition when we started

So it’s off to work to see what we can get done to help the project while witnessing to the people of Zambia.

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