World Convention is currently building a global reference for the countries and territories where we know there are Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ Congregations. Of the 193 United Nations States, the Stone-Campbell Movement exists in 174. This listing includes other nations and territories, numbering 195 countries where there is at least one representation of our churches.
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The Republic of Zambia, is bordered by the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west. The capital city is Lusaka, located in the south-central part of the country. The population is concentrated mainly around Lusaka in the south and the Copperbelt Province to the northwest.
Zambia became the British protectorate of Northern Rhodesia towards the end of the nineteenth century. For most of the colonial period, the country was governed by an administration appointed from London with the advice of the British South Africa Company. On 24 October 1964, the country became independent of the United Kingdom.
Protestant (67.8%), Catholic (21.0%), Other Christian (8.7%), Other or Non Religious (2.5%).
John Sherriff (1864-1935) from New Zealand was the most influential early missionary to Rhodesia. In the 1910’s, two converts of John Sherriff, Peter Masiya and Jack Mzilwa, began to evangelize in Northern Rhodesia (later Zambia). Two missionaries from North American Churches of Christ, W.N. and A’Delia Short, joined them in Sinde. Peter Masiya evangelized Kambole Mpatamatenga, who worked at the Kabanga mission, the Siamundele station, and later started a mission school in his house. Most significantly, he translated the New Testament into the Chitonga and Lozi languages. Several other missionaries from North American Churches of Christ came after the Great Depression, so that by 1948 they had established twenty-five schools with forty-two indigenous teachers, and total enrollment of 2,133. The work continued to grow after the establishment of the Republic of Zambia in 1964. By 1980, Zambia had 211 Churches of Christ, according to workers at Namwianga. In the next decade, Americans turned over much of the work to Zambian evangelists. Churches Of Christ sponsor Zambia Medical Mission, the Zambia Project and other educational, agricultural, and medical ministries. Now the country is home to about 1,500 congregations with over 80,000 adherents.
The Zambia International Church of Christ is in Lusaka.
The Division of Overseas Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) partners with the Council of Churches in Zambia, Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation, Theological Education by Extension in Zambia, the United Church of Zambia, and the United Church of Zambia Theological College.
Created by Gary Holloway, October 16, 2013, updated July 20, 2016
These schools are located on the Namwianga Mission campus at Kalomo:
George Benson Christian College trains secondary teachers in the areas of English, history, mathematics, religious education, civics, and computer technology. There are 250 students
Christian Leadership Development is a one-year program to train high school graduates for ministry and evangelism. Most students who go through Christian Leadership Development go on to George Benson Christian College to become teachers. 35 students are enrolled in the CLD.
Namwianga Christian Secondary School is a boarding school for grades 8 – 12 and has 425 pupils.
Other schools are part of a satellite network that provides Christian education in villages within a 3-hour radius of Namwianga:
Namwianga Christian Basic School serves pupils in grades 1-9 and has 600 enrolled.
Kabanga Christian Secondary School in the village of Kabanga has 300 students in grades 8-12.
Kabanga Christian Basic School has 300 students in grades 1-9.
Simpweze Christian Basic School has 550 students in grades 1-9.
Zyangale Christian Basic School has 400 students in grades 1-9.
Sinde Christian Basic School has 400 students in grades 1-9.
Boston University works with the NZHC facility in combating the problem of infant mortality in Zambia. Zambia has one of the higher rates of infant mortality and Southern Zambia is the highest in Zambia. NZHC offers training in conjunction with Boston University by training birth attendants in simple procedures. There is also a program where NZHC provides Clean Delivery Kits to expectant mothers who will likely give birth in the village without proper medical care. These kits consist of the single edge razor blade, string, matches, candles, soap, plastic sheet, and a small blanket for the baby. Using this simple kit will also reduce the infant mortality rate significantly.
NZHC works with World Vision in the treated mosquito net program and we try to provide most of the families in our catchment area with treated nets, and conducts Under-Five Clinics in the villages where they offer vaccinations to the children. NZHC also participates in distribution of malaria netting through World Vision and the Against Malaria Foundation.
The Zambia Medical Mission was started in 1995. The late Dr. Kelly Hamby and his wife, Eleanor, and the late Dr. John Estes and his wife, June, conducted the first medical mission under trees in the Zambian bush. Drs. Richard and Angie Prather were also part of this early effort. The 2016 ZMM will be the 21st consecutive year for the mission.
The first full week in July Zambians from Churches of Christ all over Zambia convene at Namwianga Mission for the Annual Bible Lectureship which begins on Sunday morning and ends on Wednesday night. Over 3,000 attended in July 2016.