Africa's staggering social challenges such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic, genocide, poverty, hunger and corruption can be overwhelming. Where do we start? How do we offer help?
While we want to relieve the suffering hunger and disease cause, we also want to find roots of these problems and address them, too.
ITMI's Timothy Keller said,
"Cultural transformation has always been through the up-and-coming generation."
Educating children in a place where an education is a privilege, turns those children into adults who are leaders. They become the ones with the income and knowledge to hold influential positions.
Raising and educating children with a Christian worldview provides a chance for those positions to be filled by people raised with a Christian worldview.
Raising and educating children with a Biblical worldview is the beginning of change.
Excellence Christian Academy offers a Christian education to children in Zambia. Many of ECA's students are from underprivileged families, who can't afford to send their children to school.
That means that many of ECA's students would not be getting any education without ECA.
Instead of learning the about world from the streets, they are learning it from godly teachers.
Instead of learning the world from a humanistic or Animistic perspective, they are learning about God's world from His Word.
The staff at Excellence Christian Academy.
In addition to Biblical curriculum taught by believing teachers, ECA students learn to share the gospel and serve in their communities. Service projects and rural outreaches are included in the experiences ECA students learn from on a regular basis.
Eugene Kalunga, ECA principal, presents a widow with gifts as part of a school outreach in a rural area.
Children from a rural area receive gifts bags from ECA students and staff.
Happy gift recipients at ECA rural outreach.
ECA students line up to leave for a field trip.
Starting in Preschool, ECA students are learning from the Bible at an early age.
ITMI Director, Steve Evers encourages ECA students.
Pastor Eugene Kalunga
Pastor Eugene Kalunga, a teacher and lecturer at Mongu Teachers’ College, had a burden to serve the Lord by spreading the Gospel of Christ Jesus through education.
He and his fellow Christian teachers began taking students for picnics during school holidays and teaching them the Bible. Many of these gave their lives to the Lord and later became pastors, elders and deacons in churches all over Zambia.
After his training at Highway Christian Academy (Accelerated Christian Education) and Durban Christian Centre, where he received a degree in Theology, he returned to Zambia.
His first child was involved in the public education, but Eugene wanted his children to be taught from a gospel perspective and know how to share it with others. He removed his child from public schools and started educating him to share the gospel.
Because of Eugene’s love for teaching and for using education to share the gospel, he began teaching other children in the area as well.
When ITMI discovered that this dear brother was home-schooling 50 students in his tiny house, we began raising support for Eugene’s not-so-little school.
ITMI was able to help them purchase some property that was previously owned by the Zambian Railway to use as the grounds for Excellence Christian Academy. Reverend Kalunga and his dedicated teacher-team have turned it into a first-class educational institution.
- To educate and share God's love with children and their families.
- To raise funds to maintain current facility and grow as more children come.
- To provide a Biblical world view with encouragement to spread the truth.
- To reverse the humanistic philosophy in Zambian education.
- Prayer exposure to those who understand the need for teaching truth to children.
- Monthly operating expenses for students, teachers, and facilities.
- Funds to build additional buildings for future growth.
- Personal support for Eugene and Audrey Kalunga.
- ITMI provides oversight and US exposure.
- Faithful supporters provide needed materials and funds.
- Charl van Wyk, South African missionary provides local oversight and mentoring.
Seeing new things being constructed is thrilling. The formation of something new holds a myriad of possibilities to ignite our imaginations. But the construction of this building is scintillating because of the hope it represents.
Last month, ITMI’s Excellence Christian Academy celebrated its 20th Birthday. That’s 20 years of shaping and molding young lives to understand the world from a Biblical perspective. That’s 20 years of reaching families and parents that haven’t necessarily heard the Good News. That’s 20 years of influence in the community of Kabwe, where ECA is located. That’s 20 years of impact on the country of Zambia. How are we doing this through a small Christian School in one city?
Steve always says that although he is the one that physically gets to go to all the remote places where ITMI partners are serving faithfully, all ITMI supporters are “with” him, because of the profound impact you are making in all of those places. So, here are some of the things you would have seen if you had been physically there in Kabwe, Zambia.
Many ITMI partners had outreaches to their community planned for Christmas. Many of you partnered with them to make these outreaches happen. We’re so thankful for all God’s done through our partners and supporters. But there’s more!
Eugene’s passion for teaching children led to other children in the area joining their studies, until 50 children were being homeschooled out of Eugene’s tiny home!
Since 13th February, 1997 to date, the school has trained 760 students and 251 students were exempted from paying school fees because most of them were orphans and a few were from families which were underprivileged.