Early in November, 2017, yes, 2017, the LeValley Missions Committee and other interested church members met with Delbert and Sandy Groves, our missionaries from Zambia and The New Life Center. At that meeting, the Groves explained that over 100 United Methodist churches had been built in Northern Zambia and that the New Life Center is now being called to build Churches in the Southern part of the country. These are existing congregations meeting in homes, school buildings, thatch roofing or even under a tree. The Groves invited other Churches or groups from outside Zambia to partner with one of the congregations. As part of the partnership, the Zambian congregation is responsible for working with the UMC Zambia Conference for attaining the land and all title, survey and legal fees, as well as burnt-brick, sand and stone. The partnering church helps with the structural steel, roofing sheets, fasteners, cement for the foundation, floor, breeze-block windows and for the walls and of course the doors. The cost incurred by the partnering church is about $15,000. Following the meeting, those attending agreed that LeValley should get on board to establish a sister church in Southern Zambia. Praise God! Well, it is almost a year and a half later and, yes, we have raised the money! $15,125 has been sent to the Michigan Conference to be forwarded to the Groves. Thank you to all of the individuals, the United Methodist Women of LeValley, and The LeValley Fellowship for your faithful donations to this wonderful project.

An e-mail was received from Delbert Groves earlier this month. I’m not including the message in its entirety, but the Groves were surprised to receive the e-mail from the Michigan Conference about our donation. Delbert says in the message, “LeValley UMC has really stood with the outreach ministries of the New Life Center over the years. We personally and truly thank God for your love for missions and for those serving through NLC. Now that we know these funds will be available soon we will meet with our Zambian UMC Conference Executive Committee and talk about which church congregation we should work with next. I’ll let you and LeValley UMC know more once that had been done.”

Well, as we always say, “God is good! All the time! All the time! God is good! In just three days Delbert learned of a church that had been working for three years to get its land deed transfer into the United Methodist Church name and they contacted the New Life Center asking if they could receive help to build a sister church. As Delbert said, “This is perfect time and an answer to prayer! LeValley UMC is going to be such a wonderful blessing to the Bethlehem UMC congregation.”

Back to Delbert’s first e-mail. He says, “These churches are making such a big difference in developing the United Methodist Church in this young Zambian Conference. Eternity will tell us the real true story of how many lives will be led to Jesus Christ through this one Sister Church. Trust me when I say, the church is alive and well in Zambia and throughout Africa! I so deeply wish I could bring the complete USA UMC membership to Zambia for just a few months. Let them live, see, and experience what freedom and praise, and repentance of sin through Christ Jesus can do to a nation. I believe it would bring true Revival to our divided church in the USA. We’re here to serve and build the church in Christ.” Praise God for their heeding to God’s call!

Last, but not least, Delbert writes “If a LeValley Church team wants to come help, we welcome them!” Greg and I would like to lead a team to Zambia. I will be in touch with the Groves as to the timing of construction. If we can’t get organized in time to help with the building of the church, I would definitely like to be present for the dedication. Be in prayer as to the possibility of joining us on this adventure. I will have more details as soon as possible.
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.
Luke 10:1-3(NIV)
Pastor Nancy
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