Life Expectancy: 44.5 years
GDP: US$1248 per capita
81.5% earn less than US$2 per day
ZAM07a - Personal support of Lonard and Rosemary Daka
History Of Partnership
This is personal support of a key couple who are change agents in their community. Bright Hope World have supported them for a number of years and they have proved to be very effective partners. They are growing their influence and continue to have influence and impact.
Their ministries include pastoring the village church with around 150 members; leading a ministry called Chifundo (ZAM07b) that cares for 50+ orphans and some vulnerable older people in the community; overseeing the ongoing church planting in the Eastern Province; coordinating four other churches who have started looking after 45 orphans. As well as this they have been running some excellent trainings by discipleship teaching "Foundations for Farming" to many people in the community with great results. They are parents and grandparents of many children. Lonard is also the local tooth extraction specialist!
Lonard and Rose have a number of their family involved directly and indirectly in the ministry. They have four of their own grown up children involved in different ministries. Island is a school teacher and recently married. He is in a neighbouring town and helps in a church there, he attended GLO Zambia about three years ago. Mercy lives in the Kabiya area with her husband and is part of the new church there. Steven is fully involved in Chifundo and Gift is living at home and helps with the children's ministry.
There are a number of individual families in the community that Lonard and Rosemary help on a regular basis. The church members, the children and their families directly benefit from the work the Daka's are involved with in the community.
What We Like About The Partnership
Wherever you go you find people talking about Rosemary and Lonard. The head teacher of the local community school came and talked to the Field Director on a recent visit. She spoke about Rosemary and Lonard and says they are the most influential people in the community. They help many people in their community. Many people are counselled in their home, struggling families are helped and the Daka's are involved with many aspects of the church and the orphan care project in their community and another village.
Rosemary and Lonard Daka
Other People Involved
Gift is involved with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) and runs programmes in the local schools for the children. She learnt about this while at GLO Zambia in 2007. She is 19 years old and wants to be a Clinical Officer or nurse. She is looking at the options for training. She is obviously a gifted student and gained distinctions and credits from her study in Grade 12.
She wants to help people, especially children. She sees involvement with CEF as a possible full time ministry opportunity as well. she has a very strong faith but still struggles with peer pressure. She reads her Bible consistently and loves it.
Currently she runs 3 programmes per week in the schools in the area. She uses the CEF materials. Many of the Chifundo kids come to the programmes. She supports herself by buying and selling groceries and household items. She has a nice personality and is easy to relate to.
The Dakas have been continually faithful with what they have. Through farming of crops such as cotton, soyabeans, maize, groundnuts and now a newly developed chicken run they are becoming self-supporting. Bright Hope World helped them in January 2013 with a lump sum payment to boost their business enterprises which will enable them to be completely self-supporting and we anticipate no further financial support being required after 2013.