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Zambia

View map Population: 13.3 million

Life Expectancy: 44.5 years

GDP: US$1248 per capita

Unemployed: 16.0%

81.5% earn less than US$2 per day

Zambia, Africa

ZAM04 - Personal support of Oliver Mulenga

Partnership Ref.:

ZAM04

Partner:

Oliver Mulenga - PCM

Commenced:

25/03/2002

Funding Status:

Completed - No Funding Required

Partnership Type:

Evangelism / Church Planting, Orphans & Vulnerable Children

Funding Size:

$0 - $2,999

Annual Budget:

US$ 0

Connected To:

ZAM09a , ZAM09b



Partnership Overview

Key manOliver Mulenga is an entrepreneur, church planter and evangelist. He has established his own block making business as well as the other business activities. BHW supports him to enable him to create resources for the kingdom of God.

History Of Partnership

Oliver has been serving the Lord in the town of Kalulushi for more than 20 years. He visits churches, has been involved in a number of church plants in Kitwe town and rural areas and has overseen a number of partnerships. He runs two orphan care programmes one in Kalulushi and one 70km into the bush at Katembula. He provides support and cares for many children and is overseeing the establishment of agricultural programmes to economically empower families. From his business he also helps to sponsors students to either Samfya Bible School or GLO.

After visiting Oliver in 2001, it was decided he was a key person and we would assist him with a small amount of regular support to supplement his income so it would free him a little to do the ministry.
 

What We Like About The Partnership

The key nature of this man and the fact he is so passionate about ministry. His many years of faithful service, despite a lot of personal attacks from the Christian establishment.

 

Key People

block businessLeadership Profile

Oliver was trained by the BHW Field Director back in the mid 80s. He is a colourful character and at that time had been involved in politics. After leaving training he shifted to the Kalulushi area and assisted with the development of a number of small churches and mentored a number of families. Many of them are now in ministry.

In the 90's he shifted into Kalulushi and started a block making business from which he has gained a living, supported himself in ministry and assisted others to go for training. Along the way he has helped many people.

Every Saturday morning 70 or so children come to his home for a meal, games, educational coaching and spiritual input.

 

Personal Testimony

Real "Life Change" Stories

Here are a couple of stories of children who come to the Saturday morning programme at Oliver's house.

CobeCobe (pronounced Cho-bee) Mwamba
Grade: 6  Age: 11
Cobe attends Masamba primary school. His favourite subject is mathematics. When he grows up Cobe wants to be a pastor. Cobe is a double orphan who stays with his grandmother. There are five people living in his house. They manage to eat three times a day. They have a garden that grows vegetables and bananas to eat. His grandmother does not have a job but his grandfather sells clothes.

Cobe likes to read in his spare time. He just reads his school notes because there are no other books to read. He also loves to play football with his friends. One of his problems is that he lacks clothes and blankets. Cobe and his family attend the Anglican church where he likes to pray to God.

EnnesEnnes Kilambe
Grade: 4  Age: 9
Ennes attends Mutobu Basic School. She enjoys attending school because she wants to be educated. Her favourite subject is English. When she grows up she wants to be able to look after her mother and be a doctor.

Ennes' father has passed away and she lives with her mother. Her mother does not have a job and stays home to look after her younger brother. She is able to sell scones sometimes.

Ennes has five friends who all like to play netball and volleyball. Ennes also enjoys coming to Emely's on Saturday because she likes to learn about God and get tutoring for school. She also appreciates the help she gets to pay for school.

Ennes says that there are many problems in Kalulushi. Some girls her age do not�go to school and hang around the bus station selling or drinking beer. Ennes says she has no worries except she does not�like eggplant or social studies.

Interviewer's comments: Ennes was a delightful girl to interview. She had lots of spirit and spunk. She had a sincere desire to help her mother and give to others.

 

Update

In 2012 BHW granted Oliver at lump sum to help him establish a chicken run project to supplement his income. This business will generate enough income for his personal support so funds are no longer needed from BHW.

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