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As of mid-July, all schools remain closed. Find out what that means for our partners at Excellence Christian Academy and Spring of Love.

“The experience has been life-changing…” says Given Singogo, “My prayer life has a new lease on life due to…” 

Seven-year-old Paul had to stop attending school to help his family eat. Paul normally attends classes at the Caleb Center for Children with Autism, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, he had to help his sister sell goods at the market to help his family eat.

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Schools Close in Zambia

As of mid-July, all schools remain closed. Find out what that means for our partners at Excellence Christian Academy and Spring of Love.

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“The Experience Has Been Life-Changing,” says Zambian Believer.

“The experience has been life-changing…” says Given Singogo, “My prayer life has a new lease on life due to…” 

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Seven-Year-Old Has to Stop Attending School to Help His Family Eat

Seven-year-old Paul had to stop attending school to help his family eat. Paul normally attends classes at the Caleb Center for Children with Autism, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, he had to help his sister sell goods at the market to help his family eat.

As bags of food were handed to them, they couldn’t hide the gratitude in their eyes. And though they were masked, the masks couldn’t hide the smiles of relief that came from knowing they’d be alright for the weeks ahead. Or the joy triggered by being remembered and cared for.

Our partners have been reaching out and sharing some truly encouraging verses and thoughts with regard to the Coronavirus pandemic. Their unique perspectives and experiences plus a variety of cultural backgrounds means they’ve shared encouragement we may not have thought to remind ourselves of.

In this episode, Kent Reisenauer is telling us all about his last trip to South Africa and Zambia.

He’s talking about visiting Johan and Lesley not long after their home burned down, delivering pillowcase dresses and knitted hats from some US churches to remote villages across the Zambezi River, the progress and impact of Eugene Kalunga’s village school, what happened when Eugene put him on the spot to share something with the students at Excellence Christian Academy, and the baptisms of new Zulu believers he got to witness in South Africa.

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Project Joseph in Action

As bags of food were handed to them, they couldn’t hide the gratitude in their eyes. And though they were masked, the masks couldn’t hide the smiles of relief that came from knowing they’d be alright for the weeks ahead. Or the joy triggered by being remembered and cared for.

Encouraging Words and Verses from our Partners

Encouraging Words and Verses from ITMI Partners

Our partners have been reaching out and sharing some truly encouraging verses and thoughts with regard to the Coronavirus pandemic. Their unique perspectives and experiences plus a variety of cultural backgrounds means they’ve shared encouragement we may not have thought to remind ourselves of.

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On the Spot in Zambia featuring Kent Reisenauer (Podcast Episode)

In this episode, Kent Reisenauer is telling us all about his last trip to South Africa and Zambia.

He’s talking about visiting Johan and Lesley not long after their home burned down, delivering pillowcase dresses and knitted hats from some US churches to remote villages across the Zambezi River, the progress and impact of Eugene Kalunga’s village school, what happened when Eugene put him on the spot to share something with the students at Excellence Christian Academy, and the baptisms of new Zulu believers he got to witness in South Africa.

THE CONTEXT

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, we also want to find roots of these problems and address them.

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 not only provides a chance for those positions to be filled by people raised with a Christian worldview, it reaches those children and their families with the Good News.

 

WHAT YOUR SUPPORT DOES

Builds Biblical Worldview

Your support instills a Christian worldview in the lives of Zambian children and their families.

Provides Quality Education

Your support provides a quality Christian education for children in Zambia, many whose families wouldn't otherwise be able to afford one.

Supports Evangelistic Outreaches

As an organization, Excellence Christian Academy prioritizes reaching out to the suffering with the Gospel regularly.

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Instead of learning the about world from the streets, ECA students are learning from godly teachers. Instead of understanding the world from a humanistic or Animistic perspective, they are learning about God's world from His Word.

HISTORY

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 homeschooling 50 students in his tiny house, we began raising support for Eugene’s not-so-little school.

ITMI was able to help Eugene 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.

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ECA campus. 

The kids who live in Lumbemba, a remote village in Zambia, are getting very excited. Soon, they’ll be able to go to school right inside their own village! But, most likely, they don’t even know some of the most exciting things about this future village school.

In 2015, the CIA estimated that 54.4% of Zambians live below the poverty line. Children living in poverty are more likely to experience illness due to unsafe water and poor sanitation and malnutrition. They are also more likely to be unable to attend school and finish their education. 

The call took almost an hour. Fifty-six minutes to be exact. Taru had headed to the bank for the fairly normal task of withdrawing the funds graciously given to help them live and care for women and children of the local Muslim slum. But she was met with something unexpected when she arrived.

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Eugene’s Dream is Closer to Reality! (and 3 reasons that’s a big deal.)

The kids who live in Lumbemba, a remote village in Zambia, are getting very excited. Soon, they’ll be able to go to school right inside their own village! But, most likely, they don’t even know some of the most exciting things about this future village school.

Excellence Christian Academy, Zambia

“The Teachers at ECA are So Encouraging…”

In 2015, the CIA estimated that 54.4% of Zambians live below the poverty line. Children living in poverty are more likely to experience illness due to unsafe water and poor sanitation and malnutrition. They are also more likely to be unable to attend school and finish their education. 

Dear Team, Steve Evers

Dear Team: Beneath the Runaround, God is in Control.

The call took almost an hour. Fifty-six minutes to be exact. Taru had headed to the bank for the fairly normal task of withdrawing the funds graciously given to help them live and care for women and children of the local Muslim slum. But she was met with something unexpected when she arrived.

We wanted to share a few snapshots of our time in Zambia. Thanks for praying us there and back! -Steve and Kent

“I am too happy and I cannot discipline you!” she told the students. What made normally very restrained and professional teachers too giddy to discipline their students? Find out more…

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Photos: Visiting our Zambian Partners

We wanted to share a few snapshots of our time in Zambia. Thanks for praying us there and back! -Steve and Kent

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Too Giddy to Discipline

“I am too happy and I cannot discipline you!” she told the students. What made normally very restrained and professional teachers too giddy to discipline their students? Find out more…