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When ITMI’s Johan Leach arrived at the remote village, one of the many villages on the isolated Luvale floodplain, he and his team immediately realized their plans were going to change.

Zea is a student missionary with ITMI’s Lesley and Johan Leach in Zambia and Angola. When Johan’s team travelled to the village of Mahina…

We asked our partners to share some of the ways Jesus’ kingdom was advanced this year. We hope you are encouraged by their answers and the special messages they have for you!

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When ITMI’s Johan Leach arrived at the remote village, one of the many villages on the isolated Luvale floodplain, he and his team immediately realized their plans were going to change.

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Two New Believers in Mahina Village (Video)

Zea is a student missionary with ITMI’s Lesley and Johan Leach in Zambia and Angola. When Johan’s team travelled to the village of Mahina…

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We asked our partners to share some of the ways Jesus’ kingdom was advanced this year. We hope you are encouraged by their answers and the special messages they have for you!

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Complicated cases which in the past were often associated to witchcraft are now being considered from a different perspective.

It was midmorning on a Sunday, following the second preaching opportunity for Steve. Steve and Charl van Wyk had just visited a church located in an informal township.

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Miracle at the Maternity Clinic

Complicated cases which in the past were often associated to witchcraft are now being considered from a different perspective.

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Highlights from Steve’s Trip to South Africa and Zambia

It was midmorning on a Sunday, following the second preaching opportunity for Steve. Steve and Charl van Wyk had just visited a church located in an informal township.

THE CONTEXT

The crocodile infested Zambezi River isolates a small slice of Zambia, just east of its western border with Angola.  Because this area is so difficult to access, those who live there are cut off from most services and receive few visitors to their small, rural villages.

Due to the frequent flooding of the river, geographically, this area is a floodplain, named after the Luvale people who inhabit it.

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Life on the Luvale floodplain is difficult. It's a daily battle to survive. For the daily water that they need to live, villagers dig holes in the ground or the women and girls spend most of their days hauling water.

Uncovered, these are contaminated by animals and pests.

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A young village boy drinks from a puddle. 

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A hand-dug hole one village was drinking out of. 

Animism - the worship of one’s ancestors - is prevalent in Luvale culture. If bad things happen, often the blame falls on a family member who is accused of cursing another and may be attacked, lynched or hurt.

 

 

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

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

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Johan sharing the gospel with one of the villages that received access to clean, safe water through ITMI's clean, safe water project.

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

WHAT YOUR SUPPORT DOES

Sends Evangelists to Share the Gospel in a Little-Reached Area

Your support means Johan and Lesley are able to live in Chavuma, where they equip local believers to take the Gospel to the other side of the river. Their ministry further equips leaders to plant churches and disciple others on the plains.

Plants Healthy Churches

Your support helps Johan and Lesley with their mission of training up leaders who can plant healthy churches and shepherd God's people in the villages across the river.

Improves Lives Through Obedience

Johan and his co-workers don't visit a village once, they make frequent regular visits, building up and discipling those who are willing. As they are discipled and learn to live God's way, their lives improve as their lives conform to Christ.

HISTORY

Johan and Lesley took everything they had and moved to the rural settlement of Chavuma in response to God's calling to share the Good News with the Luvale people.  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.

Chavuma is their mission base where they could reach the forgotten villagers on the other side of the Zambezi River.

While there, they've developed relationships with local churches, built training programs and raised up leaders and evangelists to share the Good News on the flood plain. They continue to equip and teach so that healthy churches can be planted in villages where the Gospel message takes root.

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A team of equipped evangelists, preparing to cross the river and visit rural villages to share the Gospel and disciple. 

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Johan partners with a local pastor, Pastor Teddy, to share the Gospel in a Luvale village.

ITMI’s Piotr Zaremba, our Bible Translator in Poland, shares 3 exciting numbers showing how people are using his translation on the YouVersion Bible app, plus a message for you!

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Three Exciting Numbers from Our Bible Translator in Poland! (Video)

ITMI’s Piotr Zaremba, our Bible Translator in Poland, shares 3 exciting numbers showing how people are using his translation on the YouVersion Bible app, plus a message for you!

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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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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.

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ITMI’s Kent Reisenauer arrived at the Lusaka airport, weary after over 24 hours of travel. With some trepidation, he…