Introducing MIWC’s newest ministry
Music Ministry Zambia
During a two-week visit to Zambia in Summer 2018, MIWC President Stephen Benham and Board Member Philip Bratten met with several local religious leaders, including Bishop Eric Mwewe (Lusaka), Pastor Benjamin Sakala (Chipembi), Father John (Livingstone), Pastor Charles Musonda (Livingstone), Aaron Haangandu (Livingstone), and Elias Chunga (Livingstone). During talks and visits across the area, the MIWC leaders explored how MMZ, formerly an offshoot of the Music Misson Kiev ministry, could benefit from joining with Music in World Cultures. The meetings led to a comprehensive plan put in place where Zambians will take ownership of the organization.
"We are grateful for the feedback we received from these leaders," said Benham, "and were blessed by their desire to see the ministry grow and have even greater influence in evangelism in Zambia."
The challenges facing church members in Zambia are shared by all of the country's citizens and include a terrible cholera outbreak that took many lives and forced the government to shut down food vendors impacting the finances of many business owners. Added to that is the political instability in neighboring Zimbabwe and the far-reaching impact of drug addiction in the population.
Led by National Director Peter Giqwa Chilala, Assistant Director Brenden K Mendes and a Zambian Board of Trustees, MMZ will work to broaden from not only the Zambia National Christian Choir and Orchestra, but into a ministry focused on evangelism and outreach through music, music programs and music education that reflect Zambian culture. MIWC's Benham will serve as advisor to MMZ.
Church leaders expressed to Benham and Bratten that they seek opportunities to improve the lives of the younger generation and see the Gospel flourish. With 47% of the population under the age of 15, it can seem a daunting task.
But as Bratten said, "A good education, strong churches that teach the Gospel, opportunities for meaningful involvement in sports and music are many of the ways that their lives can be enriched."
While music schools exist in the larger cities, many of the musicians the MIWC leaders met were self-taught and learned songs through repetition and memorization.
MIWC plans to assist MMZ by providing guidance in not only the setup of the structure of the organization but by providing music education resources, musical instruments and supplies for instrument repairs.
"At its core," Bratten said, "MMZ is dedicated to the sharing of the Gospel through music."
Likewise, as MIWC's Mission and Purpose Statement states:
At MIWC, we believe that biblical training in worship and the use of music and music education in the church are primary means of preparing the local church to reach communities and countries for Jesus Christ.
MMZ aims to have a significant impact in their local community, using music as a tool for social justice, specifically taking children off of the streets and giving them a brighter future.
One of their key goals is to not be dependent on outside financial support. To achieve this, they are looking to establish local businesses to provide funding for the choir and orchestra's activities.
MIWC leaders are impressed with the passion, thoughtfulness and strategic thinking of the MMZ leadership and are excited about the potential of landlocked Zambia to directly affect the eight African nations that share its borders.
Join us in welcoming MMZ to the MIWC family and show your support for this new ministry today!
More Details: Zambia
- Formerly the territory of Northern Rhodesia, it was taken over by the UK in 1923 and became Zambia upon independence in 1964.
- Almost 5 times the size of the U.S. state of Georgia; slightly larger than Texas
- Landlocked with the Zambezi River forming a boundary with Zimbabwe. Mostly high plateau with some hills and mountains. Tropical.
- Population: Almost 16 million
- Youthful population primarily consists of people from 70 different ethnicities who speak Bantu. The high fertility rate is offset by higher death rates resulting from HIV/AIDS, which is prevalent.
- One of the highest levels of urbanization in Africa
- Protestant 75.3%, Roman Catholic 20.2%, other 2.7% (includes Muslim Buddhist, Hindu, and Baha'i), none 1.8% (2010 est.)