East Meets South

October marked the second annual East meets South women’s conference in Zambia. Ladies traveled from Uganda to Zambia to speak and encourage the women in Zambia. We had an incredible time. This was the second and the best, and we really sensed “though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase (Job 8:7)." It was great to see the women in Zambia really begin to see their value before God and begin to see that He has a purpose for them beyond their homes and beyond their normal daily domestic activities. We will be posting the messages and will let the excerpts speak for themselves but a few different instances really blessed us so that we felt that we had to share it with you.

AgnesExactly one year ago, we gave a precious lady, Agnes, an audio recording of the Bible in her own local language, Bemba, on what is known as a "Proclaimer" which we obtained by www.faithcomesbyhearing.com. When we gave it to her, just the way that she held it was such a reminder of what God had always intended His Word to be to us, precious in our eyes. It was just so edifying, and one of the benefits, one of the great benefits, of sharing Christ with people was to see that the value that she had for it a year ago had not diminished, but only increased. She described it as a child, and we were so blessed that she told us her favorite chapter was Hebrews 11 because it told us how much she had been listening to it. She does not read or write – her language or the English language – so this is her only means of knowing God’s Word; and such a great retention she has! Faith truly comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

She shared at the conference and it was so beautiful to hear scripture coming out of her. We were instantly reminded of the time that she asked us to pray for her because she had no means of knowing the Word of God, and she had such a hunger to do so. God has indeed answered her prayer. Her husband tells us that she carries this Proclaimer around with her everywhere. She often invites the women of the neighborhood to listen with her. We were also told that she had to make a long trip to the village where she is from, and took her Proclaimer with her. When she got on the bus that would take her to the village many hours away, she turned the Proclaimer on full blast and told everyone to listen to the Word of God. When she finished playing a part, she then preached the gospel to the entire bus. The Word of God has given her a very holy boldness. This Proclaimer has been the answer for many women for us as women meet in small groups and listen to the Bible in their local language.

Also, it was rewarding to see how the Zambian women responded to the sacrifice of the Ugandan women. After the Ugandan women spoke during the conference, they were in such awe. One woman said to us that she didn’t know that an African women could have so much “content” – could really know the Bible and God’s heart in such a deep way. This is definitely our dream and we are seeing it bit by bit. That African women would, regardless of country, encourage and be a light to other African women that God can be known by them… That the Word of God can be understood by them… And that they, indeed, have a personal call from God. So we will take our time, we will sow this seed – this precious seed, because this is the only lasting kind of harvest, and this is the only kind of harvest that will reproduce itself. Pray for these ladies, pray for these countries: Uganda, Zambia, South Africa – pray for this continent.