From Pastor Conrad Mbewe | Kabwata Baptist Church | Lusaka, Zambia
2016 internship program opened with six (6) interns; David Oure from Kenya, Vasco Kafuti from Zambia, Mzwakhe Qozeleni from South Africa, David Kasonde from Zambia, Edison Kanjala from Zimbabwe and Samuel Kasonde from Zambia. Edison went back home briefly. Also Peter Joshua from Nigeria joined them. So, the 2016 interns represented five (5) countries—Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. All the interns, apart for Peter Joshua, reported in January 2016. Peter joined the program in April. He was around for a month, and he is scheduled to attend a full year internship in 2017. Edison Kanjala joined in June and was around for six months. Over all, the program was a success. There were a few challenges that we faced as discussed below. In this picture, the six pastoral interns pose for a picture with the two Kabwata Baptist Church pastors.
Each time the pastors met with the interns, there were testimonies of growth. The most encouraging testimony was to hear almost all of these men say, “My time at Kabwata Baptist Church has challenged me to think biblically.” Here are two personal testimonies from the interns.
Peter Joshua (pictured here with Pastor Mbewe in Nigeria): “I came to Kabwata Baptist Church (KBC) from the London Theological Seminary (LTS) as a final year student. The internship for me was an opportunity to deepen my walk with God and to come under a Reformed church tutelage, to practically lay hold on some of the things that may not be learnt in the classroom. In addition to that, I was seeking for an honest, practical example of how a Reformed congregation can exist in an African context; such example was non-existent in the part of Nigeria where I come from. My time at KBC answered all my questions and even went beyond expectation. Maybe in the future I would have loved to be assessed on my preaching since my training at LTS focuses on that. What I am saying is that a uniform internship curriculum may not be suitable for all candidates at all times.”
Samuel Kasonde (photo on the right): “My internship at KBC was very helpful to my Christian faith and walk. It was an eye opener in terms of how the church functions through its ministries. I was attached to both Media and Play Park Ministries. In the Media Ministry, I was helped to see how such a ministry operates in terms of recording and airing sermons on radio so that the world at large is ministered to and evangelised. The Play Park Ministry is an avenue through which souls are won through evangelistic efforts taking place at a play park in the neighbourhood by interacting with them and getting into their lives. Through this ministry, I was able to talk to people with confidence and courage and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. There were times we had lessons on ‘family devotions’ and ‘how to read or study the Bible effectively.’ This was helpful, especially when I am back home with my family. What a joy it has been to bring my family to the altar.”
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