BEREAN REFORMED BAPTIST CHURCH ANNUAL REPORT.
(PRESENTED AT THE 2006 MISSIONARY RETREAT, LUSAKA.)
The report covers the period of January to December 2005. Our church clocks two years of existence on 8th of February 2006.
Chingola Central Baptist Church has continued to support us through provision of manpower while Kabwata Baptist Church has also continued through provision of financial support.
The meeting place is still located on plot no. 144, Konkola industrial road.
The church has a regular attendance of 17 adults and 6 children. This is apart from the visitors received on most Sundays and also from the regular attendance of members from Chingola Central Baptist Church.
During the year, the church lost a regular member by death in the name of Silas Bwalya. This was the first death to occur in the church.
We now have three meetings taking place in the same rented building during the week; namely, our Sunday services, Wednesday Bible studies and a Sunday Ladies fellowship. We also have a weekly prayer meeting on Fridays at the house of brother Lewis Chizu. The average attendance on Wednesday Bible studies has been improving steadily to a figure of 10 while the Friday prayer attendance is still poor to a decimal figure of 3 and at other times 4 at the most.
The Church has since developed the following ministries: -
A Sunday school class for children handled by Mrs. Margaret Sakala.
An adult Bible class – handled by Mr. Chilila, Lewis and pastor.
A weekly follow-up and visitation programs mostly handled by pastor and his wife and brother Lewis.
A marital counseling session, which caters for both church members and non-church members.
The church concentrated its evangelistic efforts last year in the Kamenza Township only. This led to about ninety three percent (93%) of the houses in Kamenza Township to be visited through the door-to door evangelism strategy. The other strategy used frequently was the distribution of church brochures and tracts in the Kamenza Play Park, Town Center and the popular high way roads. These efforts resulted in a total number of 54 people responding and attending our Sunday church services.
Chingola Central Baptist members also did support us occasionally in our evangelism efforts.
PREACHING AND TEACHING MINISTRY.
The pastor is currently taking a series in the book of 2 Peter. These series were begun in April last year.
On Wednesday Bible Studies, the church is studying Psalm 119 with an emphasis on the benefits of studying and knowing the Word of God.
The church had both foreign and local visiting preachers last year: -
Local Visiting Preachers – Pastor C. Mweetwa, Ray Munsaka, Duncan Mugala and Albert Ngoma from Chingola Central Baptist church, Ndonji Kayombo and Joseph Phiri from Trinity Baptist Church, Pastor Raphael Banda from Mazabuka Baptist Church and Pastor Nsenduluka from Botswana.
Foreign Visiting Preachers – Paul Washer from Heartcry Mission Society of United States of America and also Andrew Alsop from United Kingdom of Britain.
The church has recognized brother Lewis Chizu as a potential candidate to be appointed to deaconate duties later this year. We have another brother by the name of Mwangala Walubita who is being considered for development in reading of scriptures and also in leading of worship service on Sundays. We also have our father Mr. Chilila, who is at the moment the oldest in our congregation, allowed to conduct adult Bible Studies on Sundays.
The church started a baptism class with seven candidates. However, the number has since reduced to four (4) as the others were less committed. Brother Gregory Kanyanta, a deacon from Chingola Central Baptist, is assisting in conducting the classes every Sunday. The first baptism service is tentatively planed for March this year.
NEW MEMBERS FROM OTHER CHURCHES.
The church will receive a couple by the name of Richard and Lily Manga from Chingola Central Baptist Church. Brother Manga is coming on transfer and is currently serving as a deacon at Central Baptist Church in Chingola.
The church has also received a new brother by the name of Obrian Banda from Chimwemwe Baptist Church in Kitwe. He is waiting to be employed by the Konkola Copper Mines as an electrician.
MAJOR ITEMS FOR PRAYERS
1. Please pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in all our evangelistic efforts, visitations and follow ups, so that they may have a good harvest among the people of Chililabombwe.
2. The place were we are meeting is still open for sale. The church is interested in purchasing and hence prayers for finances are being solicited. The building itself is ideal for a church building and also for running a school.
3. We have noticed that in the many homes that we have entered to evangelize, we are met with glaring poverty. Often times, we have had to dig deep into our pockets to attend to their needs. Please pray with us that the Lord may provide enough resources to our church to enable us meet these challenges.
• The church is currently intending to buy sports equipment such as soccer, volleyball kits etc, to use as a strategy of reaching out to the youths in our town. This will enable the church begin a youth fellowship as well.
• A ladies fellowship has already been formed. We have about eight women already attending.
• The church is also waiting upon God to enter into the Congo DRC with the gospel. But this will only be done after the church is fully established.
“Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you”. (2 Thess.3: 1.).