03 August 2017

News from Zambia - 2 August 2017

Good evening from Luanshya,

Yesterday we celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary! It hardly seems possible that two decades have passed since I walked up to Sherry's parents' house and stood beneath the chuppah in their garden and began our lives – and ministries – together.

So much has happened since that day: The Christian Resource Centre, Source of Light Bible Correspondence School, Lighthouse Children's Home and the planting of several local churches in both rural and urban areas. We have experienced challenges that have stretched our faith and strengthened our resolve. We have seen victories in lives that were considered unimportant. We have seen youngsters grow up and become leaders in their communities and churches.

This past week Sherry had a young visitor in the Resource Centre library. Her name is Maureen. Sherry taught her mother, Kalwilo, how to read twenty years ago when the Resource Centre first opened. Her grandmother, a retired teacher, lives across the street from our house. She remarked that Sherry has made such an impact on her family and thanked us for coming to Zambia.

Last Sunday we had a picnic after the services at Fellowship Chapel. There was a good turn out of both young and old. Two of our young men handled the braii (charcoal burner) while the salads and vegetables were overseen by the ladies. The young people enjoyed playing volleyball – with some rather unusual rules… Kicking the ball was allowed. (Remember that soccer is the national sport of Zambia!)

Several family members of our members joined us to see "who we are and what we do." It was a great time of fellowship! Thank you for your prayers and support as we continue…


In His Service,

Patrick & Sherry

Patrick & Sherry Coleman
P O Box 90010
Luanshya, Zambia

19 July 2017

News from Zambia - 19 July 2017

Greetings From Luanshya!

Few things are more frustrating than not being able to go where we need to go. The distributor and spark plug cables on my JEEP began to act up a few weeks ago. Two mechanics could not figure it out so the vehicle sat unused for several weeks until a third mechanic discovered the problem. I was able to buy what I needed during our very short trip to Florida and have it shipped back to Zambia (for over twice the value of the actual part). The distributor cap was broken when packed in to the FedEx box so I bought another and carried it with me. Then we found that the coil was also faulty. Another was ordered form the United Kingdom. The good news… After 6 weeks the Jeep is back in action!

My first trip in the repaired JEEP was to Chengelo School in central Zambia – 170 miles away. The school was started by a small group of Christian farmers almost 30 years ago. Chengelo School is a coeducational Christian Boarding School where our youngest son, Colin, attended. The school motto "As a witness to The Light" summarises the aspirations for the young people who attend the school. It is uniquely and unapologetically Christian. I was invited to join the board of governors of the school. It is both an honour and a privilege to accept this invitation and have a part in the lives of these students.

Sherry’s Thursday afternoon classes resumed last week. They are studying “What Every Believer Should Never Forget – God Alone” from Isaiah 6:1-8. It is a beautiful lesson that brings her next three lessons into view in the “Demolishing Strongholds” lessons.

Last Sunday I was once again speaking at Kangonga Blind Centre Chapel. I spoke three times that morning and was both physically tired and spiritually energised to be back with these incredible saints.

Sherry was also able to present a certificate of completion to 78-year-old Gilbert Simwanza, the man who accompanies me to rural villages. He told me that his motorised bicycle had completely died. He cycles several hundred miles every month visiting church leaders and village Bible studies. In order to keep him mobile I bought him a new motorised bicycle.

Thank you for your faithful prayers and support as we continue…

Together in His Service,

Patrick & Sherry

28 February 2017

28 February 2017

Greetings from Luanshya!

This year started with a whirlwind of ministry opportunities. Classes at the Mobile Mission Maintenance School have started again with 25 new students joining the 35 returning students. Sherry and I are both teaching. Last week five of these new students received the Lord as their Lord and Saviour! They are being discipled by one of the Zambian members of staff.

Sherry asked her Ladies’ Bible Study if they wanted to “take a break” during the Christmas holiday. They said the Thursday before Christmas was busy so they asked for one week off. So… She went through the holiday teaching and sharing truths from the Bible specifically for these ladies. Some of these ladies are dealing with serious issues at home and spend time with Sherry either before or after class. Please pray for this specific ministry.

Classes at the Community School in Chitwe (formerly called Mwewa) have started. The church has relocated to the new site, which is just across the line from Ndola to Luanshya – hence the name change. The initial student list had 50 names. Within a week of opening the list had grown to 150. Thanks to the efforts of the Rotary Club of Luanshya and a few local businesses, rehabilitated school desks have been provided for the school.

The rains have been both a blessing and a challenge. After several years of poor rains the rivers are flowing and the dams are full. With the heavy rains, however, many roads have been washed away and access to the village work has suffered. Bro Simwanza came to see me last week and said that it took him over two hours to travel 16 kms (10 miles) on his motorised bicycle. In many places he had to carry his bicycle through the bush because the road was completely underwater. He said that my JEEP would not make it to the villages and suggested that we postpone the visits until April. (I learned long ago to listen to village elders, so we wait!)

Meanwhile, we have baptised four more new believers at Fellowship Chapel and have another 8 to be baptised in a few weeks. The ministry to the deaf has increased and both hearing and deaf believes are excited about brining their friends to hear the Gospel.

We are encouraged about the prospects of 2017 and appreciate your prayers for us as we remain…

In His Service,
Patrick & Sherry