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Last updated: 11 March 2018    10:35 PM

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Zambia 2015


Zambia is in the southern part of Africa being one of the poorest countries in the continent with a population of around 15 million. Many children have been orphaned because AIDS and TB are rife and the shanty compounds in the larger towns and cities are desperate places to live where the average life span can be as low as 19 years. 

Hope in Christ Ministry is a charitable organisation set up by Pastor Paul & Mary Swala in 2008. A team from Chepstow & Swansea visited in 2015 experiencing the amazing work helping & educating orphaned children; parents may have died in prison or in the shanty towns known as “compounds” HIV Aids & TB are rife in both locations; Hope in Christ is sited on the edge of one of the Lusaka’s “Shanty Compounds”; There is a high rate of infant mortality.

Hope in Christ also supports the work of “Prison Fellowship” in Lusaka helping prisoners and their families. Through Pastor Paul’s work as the National coordinator for Alpha (see alpha.org for more details on Alpha) in the prisons they have contacts with prison chaplains, prisoners & their families throughout Zambia.

Since our trip in 2015 Paul Swala has visited our town & spoken at Chepstow Methodist Church. The Church together with friends in the UK & USA have partnered with Hope in Christ Ministry as “Partners Across the Miles” with the vision to support one another as brothers & sisters in Christ; the body of Christ united in Him: Ephesians 4: 1- 5

This is a dual partnership which supports and encourages both ways. The ongoing primary challenges for Hope in Christ Orphanage/School are providing a daily meal for the children and maintaining a good standard of education by continuing to employ trained teachers and having enough resources. The Orphanage school can take up to 180 children.

Please consider whether you can become a “Partner Across the Miles” and just as the small boy in St. John’s Gospel give Jesus your 5 loaves & 2 fish, or the cost of a meal in McDonald’s or the cost of a cup of coffee, or…….????.... so that He can do more miracles amongst the poorest in the world at Hope in Christ in Zambia. Please don’t think you can’t make a difference…. your prayers will make a difference every day and anything you can give will make a difference because God can use it to His Glory amongst the poor in Zambia.

For more information please contact Vera & Brian

We have several ongoing fundraising projects which you will find by clicking on this link. Please look at the EasyFundraising video and also change your browser home page to the EasySearch link……neither of these things will cost you a penny but will collect donations for our projects! 

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