Report Date: May 13, 2008
Adding a person into the administration has helped the operation run more smoothly
Maria Mwape is originally from Luanshya. She is currently based at GLO and is working as the Marketing Officer. She coordinates all the marketing activities as well as managing the office and providing secretarial support. She handles all student correspondence, heads up the student union fellowship and also helps to mentor the female students. One of Maria’s job highlights is teaching biblical studies to the wives of current GLO students, for one week a term, in the Bemba language. She is also helping one of them to learn to read and write.
As a past GLO student herself, Maria says she is able to help students with their work and to give them the encouragement they need.
“GLO has always been there for me, with support and advice. I am so grateful for my past, as I find it very helpful now for other people. It was easy to come back this year and help – it is something that has brought a lot of satisfaction and joy.”
Before coming to GLO Maria had trained and worked in secretarial work and marketing. She comes from a Catholic background and became a Christian at 14 years old. She loves to sing and enjoys working with people. “It is a real encouragement to live in this community and to get to know other students, different cultures and different traditions. In the future I would love to be involved in ministry, but for this year I am taking it one day at time.”
Wilfred Makoselo is in charge of accounts. He began assisting GLO with its books on a part-time basis in 2005, coming from a 17-year banking background. The role has since developed into everyday assistance which has required adjustments to his own business work. Wilfred manages all of GLO’s financial accounts, adhering to strict, transparent systems he has developed. He also gives one day a week to managing accounts for Dawn Trust Care Centre, which looks after orphans.
He sees his previous work as preparation for what he is doing now. “Sometimes I wonder that God was really preparing me for this. All these years you work and people do not really see or appreciate what you are doing. Here, for the first time in my life, I am doing it for God and it is a privilege. I do it because I know there is a crown for me and it is a question of honouring God. It gives me a lot of joy, what I do, which is why I put in my best”. Wilfred is married to Helen, who is a nurse at Ndola Central Hospital, and they have three children.
Profiles of some current students:
Meya Phiri, Zambia
Meya completed high school at Fatima Girls’ High School in 2003. She then studied social work and marketing, though she was unable to complete this course due to lack of finances. She has previously worked as a social worker in an orphanage and as a receptionist in a mining company. She resigned this position to enrol in Bible school.
Meya was born in Mazabuka. Her mother married later and had three other children of whom one died. When Meya was young, her step father died and Meya was left with just her mother, who later died when Meya was in junior high school. She then moved to the Copperbelt where her uncle cared for her but he also died when she was completing high school. The siblings were split among relatives to be cared for so Meya does not know them.
Three years ago, Meya gave her life to the Lord and has been actively involved in Sunday school and youth work in her local church. One thing Meya struggled with before giving her life to the Lord was forgiving God for not allowing her to say goodbye to her mother and her uncle when they died.
Having the Lord in her life has made a difference in the way Meya looks at her past. Once she completes her Bible training, Meya wants to continue serving in her local church. She is a positive young lady, strong spirited with high hopes for the future.
Erik Moshi, Tanzania
Erik was born in Tella village, some distance from where he now lives in Moshi town, Tanzania. His childhood was full of pain and violence as his father was abusive. Erik would often separate his mother and father from fighting and when his mother occasionally left home he was left to look after his young sister. Their father often starved them. No one in the village helped the children because everyone was scared of this man. Erik’s mother eventually left the family for fear of being killed by her husband.
One day, Erik and his two brothers were rescued by a social worker who took them into a children’s centre in Moshi. Their father was eventually jailed long term and the children were taken away from him for good. Erik gave his life to the Lord at seventeen while he was at the centre. He admired the joy that Christians were experiencing and wondered why they seemed so happy. Now, Erik has a lot of joy of his own to share with people. He has forgiven his father and visits him during holidays, and one day he hopes to meet his mother again.
With God’s help, Erik and his brothers received sponsorship and support to get into school. He has now completed his ‘O’ Levels in which he performed very well. In his ‘A’ Levels, Erik wants to major in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. One day he hopes to study medicine, so he can help people who are in difficult circumstances.
At 22, Erik is a bright young man and a testament to the Lord’s grace in his life. He has a heart to help others who are going through similar things to what he experienced.
Allan Tayebwa, Uganda
Allan comes from Uganda and has an Anglican background. He is the sixth born in a family of nine children. His father is a Reverend in the Anglican Church and has been serving in this church long before Allan was born. His mother serves together with Allan’s father at the church in the region of Rwashamaire. This has been a great foundation in Allan’s life, though he says it is challenging staying in the church compound his whole life. He has a good relationship with his parents and they are very supportive about his decision to come to Zambia to study the word of God.
Ideas for the future
At the moment there is discussion going on in regard to establishing a second-year course. This would focus particularly on issues related to Christian faith in the Zambian context. Issues such as:
1. HIV and AIDS
2. Widows/widowers and orphans
3. Street kids
4. Sex workers
6. General social and political instability
7. Lack of good education
8. Church’s Ghetto mentality
9. Lack of integrity in both sacred and secular institutions
10. Lack of Missions interest
Another concept being discussed is to give people exposure to what God is doing in different places by taking Short Term Mission trips. These could be in Zambia or out of it.
Current issues and challenges
The number of students is lower this year and reasons for that need to be discovered and strategies developed to deal with this if it is a trend.
Prayer and praise points
The impact of alumni in church leadership and church planting
Prayer for wisdom in regards to developing new strategies for the future
Life impact indicators
People being trained: 14
Families being helped: 11
Churches planted: Hard to measure, many of the alumni are church planting in many countries.
Project manager's comments
GLO Zambia continues to train good people who go out and make a significant contribution to the growth of the Kingdom of God. 2008 did not have a great start as they accepted a number of students from Kenya and Uganda. The problems in Kenya meant that a number of students did not arrive and others came late. It will be interesting to see the numbers next year to see if the smaller numbers are a trend or just an anomoly.
It is interesting to see that issues such as poverty, sexuality, HIV / AIDS etc are coming on to the agenda. This is a positive thing from a BHW perspective and we will watch the developments with interest.