Zambia and Lake Tanganyika

ZAMBIA

Welcome to the heart of Africa . . .

Background

Zambia is a landlocked country that is exceptionally peaceful, considering that it is surrounded by countries that have experienced major political struggles. Consequently, Zambia has become the recipient of many refugees. The country has a tropical climate with one rainy season lasting from October to April. Its tourist attractions are numerous, including the Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River, as well as abundant wildlife. The people of Zambia have enjoyed relative economic stability because of the maize farming and copper mining industry, yet poverty is still widespread. In 2009, nearly 83,000 people were infected with AIDS. The average life expectancy of a Zambian is only 39 years. There are 73 tribes in Zambia with four dominating languages, namely Bemba, Lozi, Tonga and Chewa.  English is commonly used and understood throughout the country. Zambia has been declared an official Christian nation with 87 percent of its people proclaiming to be Christian. However, the number of immigrants from the Middle East and Asia has increased in recent years and more people now proclaim themselves to be either Muslim or Hindu.

OM Zambia

In 1998, Coen and Suria Scholtz, then serving with ProChristo Global Missions Zambia (PGMZ), realised that there was a great need for discipleship training in Zambia. In time, this vision expanded to equip indigenous missionaries to bring the Gospel to unreached peoples worldwide. PGMZ became a missionary training facility located in Kabwe. In 2009, PGMZ merged with OM in order to better reach the nations with the Gospel. OM Zambia has about 80 Zambian missionaries serving in Zambia (Kabwe, Choma, Chongwe, Chipata and Ndola) and other countries in Africa. 

Vision

Our vision is to see God worshipped and glorified by all the peoples of the world. Our mission is to plant indigenous churches among the least-reached people groups and regions of the world. 

Implementation

We do this through:

    • mobilising the church for missions

    • equipping believers through discipleship and missions training

    • evangelism and church planting

The foundation for the ministry is prayer. Our Kabwe office also provides logistical and administrative support to our missionaries in the field.

How can you become involved?

You can become involved by:

    • subscribing to our prayer letter and praying for our ministries

    • giving financially, either to individual missionaries or to one of our ministries

    • joining us on a short-term outreach as we introduce you to our various activities

    • joining us on a full-time basis as you serve the Lord with your gifts and skills

Contact

info.zm@om.org

 

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LAKE TANGANYIKA

 

Background

Lake Tanganyika is the second largest of the Great Lakes of Eastern Africa. It is the longest and second deepest freshwater lake in the world (700 km long and 1,436 m deep). The area abounds in natural resources and beauty. The lake borders four countries: Zambia, Tanzania, DR Congo and Burundi. Because of its height above sea level, the lake area is humid with very hot temperatures throughout the year.   As a whole, the shores of Lake Tanganyika are characterized by under-development and opportunities for employment are scarce. The main means of survival include subsistence and commercial fishing, cross-border trading and subsistence farming. Poverty, alcoholism, prostitution and HIV/Aids are some of the socio-economic problems in the area. Malaria is the number one cause of death. 

OM Lake Tanganyika

When the OM Zambia leaders saw the spiritual desolation and the inroads other religious groups were making in the area, the first OM team was sent to the area in 2005, establishing their base in the harbour town of Mpulungu. The team was called the ‘Good News II’, after the vision of Dr. David Livingstone, whose plea prompted the London Mission Society to put a boat on the lake in 1886. The boat was called the ‘Good News’, bringing the Gospel to the remote areas around the lake.

Vision

The vision of OM Lake Tanganyika is to see the people living in the remote villages around the lake brought into the Kingdom of God, experiencing freedom in Christ and worshipping Him in Spirit and truth. We want to address the needs of the whole person, bringing about transformation and spreading the Gospel, ensuring that both their spiritual and physical needs are met.

Implementation

We implement this goal through:

    • an active prayer strategy

    • indigenous church planting (by placing fulltime frontline missionaries in the villages along the shores, modelling a Christian lifestyle)

    • discipleship training (we identify people from within the community with whom we work alongside and train as leaders)

Our practical ministries include a school for orphans, a mobile medical clinic boat, a prison ministry, children's and youth ministry, and hosting outreaches.

How can you become involved?

You can get involved with us through prayer, as well as coming on outreaches, where you will be exposed to missions and can serve in the area of your gifting.

Contact

info.laket@om.org

 

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Source for facts on Lake Tanganyika area: Human Resources Officer (Health Department, Mpulungu, Zambia)