Monday, March 28, 2011

Once again this year the Lord is calling us to the mission field. He has given us the task of presenting our Pastoral Marriage and Family Enrichment Conference in Zambia. This mission trip will be our third opportunity to minister in Zambia. This year’s conference will be held in the city of Ndola from May 30 – June 3. Living Well will partner with Africa Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM) to facilitate the event. ALARM staff on the ground in Zambia make all the local arrangements for us and will present a one-day follow-up seminar with the participants later in the year.

Of the east African countries where we go, Zambia is the hardest to get to in terms of time. We take five different flights each way, covering over 22,000 miles to get to/from Ndola! [see map] We go because the Lord has given us the mission to encourage and train the pastors and their wives. These dear servants of God have very little resources and almost no opportunity for training. Please see this post for the fact sheet on the mission.

Following the pastor’s conference, I (Ed) will have the opportunity to teach several hundred men at a one-day seminar in Ndola. This event will be held at one of the largest churches in the region and the teaching will focus on moral purity, family leadership, and faithfulness in marriage. The topics are especially appropriate since Zambia has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the world.

The task is huge! As you can imagine, the cost of such a mission trip is great. The total financial need is $22,000. This amount includes Ed and Donna’s expenses for air and ground travel, food and lodging; and all expenses for the pastor couples to attend the conference. Although the $281total cost per couple to attend the conference is not that great, this amount is well beyond their means. Fifty pastor couples representing fifty churches will attend the conference. Although the cost per couple is relatively small, the impact on their lives, their churches, and their communities is priceless.

We ask you to join our team by supporting the mission effort with your prayers and donations.[to donate] God has ordained this work and called us to it. His mission effort will succeed through the generous support of His people. Please join us as we obey the call and allow Him to work through us in touching many in His Name. All contributions are fully tax deductible and you will receive a receipt.

Ed and Donna Edwards