For the last fifteen years we have hosted the Holy Spirit Encounter gathering here at the New Life Center in Kitwe. This has become one of the key events for pastors and church leaders in the Kitwe area and actually all of the Zambia Conference. Our UMC pastors and their families are true pioneers when it comes to building the church in Zambia. Their living conditions are difficult. There are difficulties getting enough money for food and for their children's education. Many of them do not have their own church building to worship in so they must find money to rent a room for Sunday only. Bibles and study material to help them grow in their personal faith are not always available. The purpose of the HSE is to encourage and bring fresh insight and vision to those that work so very hard, in these difficult situation, for the Kingdom of God.
This year we once again have three wonderful speakers coming to share and encourage those that are able to come. Evangelist Blake Lorenz from Orlando, Fl., who has been coming each year from the start. Then Rev. Scott George out of our home church, Pine Castle UMC in Orlando, Fl. And then Evangelist Ken Suckling, a missionary's son who grew up in Zambia, coming from Bristol, England. This is the third year these three have teamed up and it has been a great encouragement for all of us. It’s such a blessing to have them!
Each year everyone that comes leaves recommitted to their faith and call in ministry. So often there are times at the alter for specific commitments of their lives and some of our visitors even give their lives to Christ for the first time. However, before this gathering takes place it’s always best if we ask God to lead and bring favor on this special time. That’s why I’m sending this quick update out. We want to ask YOU to take time between now and April 19-23 to pray for The Holy Spirit Encounter and our Zambia leadership as they come and learn. Ask God to help our speakers, to give them clarity and annointing as they speak. This is your time to be in ministry for the church of faith in Zambia through your prayers. These are your brothers and sisters in Christ giving themselves to a great and wonderful calling…. To make disciples of all nations.
We’ll be sending more after the Holy Spirit Encounter…
Faithfully, Delbert & Sandy