Integral Mission Africa: The Zambian Context

Integral Mission Africa: The Zambian Context

by
Lawrence Temfwe, Executive Director, Jubilee Centre Zambia - Sept 20th-23rd 2004

INTRODUCTION: INTEGRAL MISSION AND ITS MEANING

All Christians everywhere, whatever their cultural background or theological persuasion must think at some time or other about the relation between the church and the world. We too gather here for the next few days to ponder on the same unavoidable questions that have troubled the Christian conscience in every generation: What should be the church relation to the world? What is the Christian’s responsibility towards the whole non-Christian community? How does evangelism and social involvement relate to one another? In reply to these questions The Micah

Declaration uses the term ‘integral mission’. It defines it as follows:

Integral mission or holistic transformation is the proclamation and demonstration of the gospel. It is not simply that evangelism and social involvement are to be done alongside each other. Rather, in integral mission our proclamation has social consequences as we call people to love and repentance in all areas of life. And our social involvement hasevangelistic consequences as we bear witness to the transforming grace of Jesus Christ. Ifwe ignore the world we betray the word of God which sends us out to serve the world. If we ignore the word of God we have nothing to bring to the world.

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Our anchor our hope

Our Anchor, Our Hope

24 March 2020

By Sheryl Haw

Our anchor, strength and hope is in the wonderful truth revealed throughout Scripture and through the life of Christ; that affirms what we believe: we believe that there is one living God, who is the creator, owner and maintainer of the whole universe. Our God is accessible and personal; He is trustworthy and good (in him there is no darkness at all); He is loving and compassionate, merciful and just (not wanting one life to be lost – 2 Peter 3:9); He is all powerful and is sovereign over all the earth.

The question that will arise in many people’s hearts and minds is if that is true why has God allowed this virus outbreak? If he is all loving, all powerful, is against all evil and suffering, and can thus act to stop this crisis, why are we where we are at now?

The first thing we learn from Biblical examples of facing such suffering is that the question, the lament, the protest before God, is first and foremost not to ask why but to ask how long?, and to pursue God persistently for his intervention.

Chris Wright in his book, The God I don’t Understand: Reflections on Tough Questions of Faith, has some helpful thoughts on this and we highly recommend this book.

The why question is a tough one. We are always looking for a cause and effect rationale.

I remember the dilemma I experienced when working in South Sudan some years ago. A young teenage boy presented at the clinic with classic signs of Type 1 diabetes. We had the knowledge to treat him, but we had no access to an ongoing supply of insulin. He lived in a war zone, in poverty and oppression. I had a list of why questions. Why would the warring factions persist in their fighting? Why could we in other countries have access to great medical care and this young boy could not? Why could some people buy multiple houses and cars and this boy be destitute? It is not that people were not aware of poverty, war and oppression – information was constantly available. So why didn’t the world act? Who was to blame? Was it inequality and the selfishness of humanity? Was it the unjust colonial powers? Was it the rebel fighters? If someone said to me it was the boy who sinned – I would’ve been so angry as he was the one person in the setting that was not to blame for his poverty and illness! Of course, we could blame God. Why didn’t He save the boy? And then I reflected on in what way should He have saved the boy? Should He have reconciled the warring factions as a peace maker? Should He have pressured the rich to share their wealth and enable the country to flourish? Should He have sent the medical experts to have a hospital for the boy? What did we want God to do? Or had He not already done all of this?

Had Jesus not died on the cross to break the power of death? Had he not accepted to carry all our pain and sorrows? Had he not called a people out to be an example to the new humanity he has inaugurated, to be peace makers, reconcilers, to be healers and builders? Had he not sent us to this very boy to love, to serve and to care for him? Of course, the answer was, and is, yes, yes, yes.

So, though there is undeniably a mystery of evil (the death and loss this virus is bringing), exacerbated by the selfish, sinful actions and inactions amongst us all that increase the impact of such a virus (for example, the selfish hoarding and stock piling of items, the non-sensical violence and stigma against people of Chinese origin), I know with absolute certainty that God has acted, is acting and will act on our behalf to respond to this crisis and every other. And, he has called out a people, the Body of Christ, to be demonstrators of his love and care at such a time as this.

Jesus, thank you for all you have done, are doing and will do. Here we are – send us to live it out amongst every community today.

#LiveHope #Coronavirus #LoveYourNeighbour

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News – Urban Shalom Society Events in London

Urban Shalom Society Events in London

24 September 2019

The Urban Shalom Society together with World Evangelical Alliance, the Centre for Building Better Community and local UK and Europe partners are hosting 2 city focused events in London.
  • Urban Shalom Forum - Friday 22nd November 2019
  • Urban Thinkers’ Campus - Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th November 2019
The Urban Shalom Forum, which USS has run in different countries around the world aims to bring together Christian urban practitioners, leaders and thinkers to explore what our faith contributes to the flourishing or shalom of the city.  The Urban Thinkers’ Campus is part of UN Habitat’s World Urban Campaign. Faith and the Path to a Better Quality of City Life will bring together an inter-faith community of people passionate about creating flourishing cities. The conversation will explore what different faiths contribute to issues faced by cities in the West and action plans will be developed to create specific responses.  For more information and to register please email urbanshalomsociety@gmail.com Photo Credit: Guy Stubbs
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News – The Childhood Trauma Symposium – Lusaka, Zambia

The Childhood Trauma Symposium - Lusaka, Zambia

26 September 2019

 

The Childhood Trauma Symposium will take place October 15-18, 2019 in Lusaka, Zambia.

This symposium will start with a day roundtable Consultation on childhood trauma. Several organisations will make presentations on the models and approaches they are using to respond to childhood trauma followed by plenary discussions. The next three days will be divided into three training tracks lasting seven hours. The tracks will focus on:

  1. Bringing hope – childhood trauma and the healing power of relationships: Targeting child care professional and working with wounded children, child relations

      2. Creating healing communities: Targeting lay people in the community/ organisations and the church.

This symposium hopes to bring together organisations and individuals working in the field of Child Protection and do respond to the trauma faced by children at risk. The symposium will deal with the subject of childhood trauma from an African. This meeting is also symposium fortunate to attract the most highly respected speakers to participate, moderate  and speak during different tracks.

The symposium’s approach has a two-tier approach: First, the program is designed to cater for people working at community level and have no professional qualifications in psychology or social work. Second, this conference will have a learning track for professionals working in the field of Child Protection. offer pre-symposium workshops, plenary sessions, case presentations and panel discussions with active participation of the audience.

The speakers are recognized authorities in their specialties, with working experience in different aspects surrounding the spectrum of child protection and trauma.

SPEAKERS:

1.Lubi Kwendakwema – Clinical psychologist - Zambia

2.Tori Barrow               - Trauma Child therapist expert - UK

3.Jacky Namagebe   - Social Worker - Zambia

4.Dr. Maria Akani -  Clinical psychologist  - Zambia

5.Courtney Hendrex – Petra Institute  -RSA

6. Special Hope Network

7. Dr. George Takuna – Psychology department Chainama Hospital

If you are plan to attend this symposium kindly request for the registration link by email : cholasims@gmail.com or by Friday 4th October. Kindly note that there are limited spaces.

Register here: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19UD9V0GOwEG4ozUS1M2kHqfRh6MDxsY-6EQHTEK75EE/viewform?edit_requested=true

This event jointly organized by: Caritas Zambia, Christian Alliance for Children in Zambia, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia Micah Zambia, Samalani Children At Risk Network, Orphan Sunday and World Vision Zambia.

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