The Need

Johan Leach, Lesley Leach, Zambia, FeatureThere’s a forgotten people, living on a social island. It’s not physically surrounded by water, like a geographical island.

But it might as well be.

The crocodile infested Zambezi River slices through Zambia, just east of its western border with Angola. It swells with flooding in the spring, making crossing with a vehicle impossible for months at a time.

Johan Leach, Zambezi River

The Zambezi River

To the west, the border with Angola yields similar restrictions, further isolating the people of this area.

Without access to the rest of the world, life here is hard. They just survive…if they can.

Like much of Africa, Animism - the worship of one’s ancestors - is prevalent in this area. If they’ve heard about Jesus, often they've simply add Him in their ancestor worship.


Johan and Leslie Leach are committed to sharing Jesus with this forgotten, isolated people. They equip and send teams to cross the river and share Jesus.

Johan’s passion for life and love for Jesus leak out from all sides as he welcomes you into his inner circle. Johan knows no strangers.

Johan and Leslie teach the teams to use the Genesis-to-Christ method of evangelism. "If you just tell them about Jesus and not about Genesis and why Jesus needed to come to earth, they will just accept Jesus and add him to their other ancestor worship,” Johan says.

Johan Leach, Zambia

Dynamic and passionate Johan teaches the gospel with the help of one of his teammates.

Johan Leach, Zambia

From his writing to his speaking to his life's decisions, Johan points to Jesus in everything.

Johan Leach, Zambia

The  teams are able to access this area even during the spring torrents in canoes, thanks to an ITMI supporter who helped replace their old canoes with sturdier, safer vessels.

Steve Evers, Jon Dekkers, Steve Lee, Zambezi River, Zambia

Steve Evers, Jon Dekkers and Steve Lee in the old canoes used by Johan's teams.

Johan Leach, Canoes

New, safer canoes donated by an ITMI supporter.

Johan and Lesley brought everything they own to Chavuma. They built a garage as temporary living quarters. They cook meat on a barbecue or an open fire, they make oatmeal and maize in cast iron pots in the front yard.

They split wood for cooking, repair their own vehicles, use a generator to produce limited electricity and boil river water to drink.

Johan Leach, Jon Dekkers, Steve Lee, Zambia

ITMI Board Member Jon Dekkers and Steve Lee with Johan at his home in Chavuma.

Zambia, Johan Leach, Steve Evers, Clean safe water

A boy from one of the villages Johan ministers to clings to his new-to-him clothes, delivered by Johan and Steve Evers. 

Johan Leach, Steve Evers, Zambia

A village listens to Johan share the gospel after receiving access to clean, safe water.

Johan Leach, Steve Evers, Zambia

Johan sharing the gospel with one of the villages he ministers to.

Johan Leach, Zambia

A village man celebrates a gift of new used clothing from Johan and ITMI.


  • Equip missionaries to share gospel truth using the "Genesis-to-Christ" model.
  • Declare and demonstrate God's Kingdom in an isolated and forgotten area.
  • Reach the area West of the Zambezi River for Christ. 


  • Prayer for protection for missionary teams crossing the Zambezi River.
  • Prayer for hearts and minds open to the gospel. 
  • Funds to equip and send more missionaries.

Who’s Involved

  • Local believers and their church located in a settlement called Chavuma on the East side of the river.

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Johan Leach, Zambia

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Dear Team, Steve Evers, Zambia, Johan Leach

…nonetheless, Johan Leach and I set out to visit and dedicate the five new water wells just completed last month in the remotest of remote villages in far western Zambia.

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We were in the Barotse Plains, where witchcraft and ancestral worship has been a part of the Lozi and Luvale peoples for millennia. On my recent mission to these people I came across a…