Joan Hust Mission Trip
To Zambia, July 2012
I was asked this week if I would go to Zambia in Central Africa for a month and do missionary work.
I right away said that I would love to go to Zambia where I lived for nine years with my husband and two sons. When I was there I directed and produced a weekly TV and radio program for children, designed stationary, wrote tracts, taught elementary school, and classes at the Theological College of Central Africa, safari leader in the Kafue National Park, and this list could go on and on. When a door opened I jumped at the opportunity.
They would like me to leave for Zambia on the fifth of July which is about two weeks plus. I need to raise the funds for airfare (approx $2,000.00). If you feel led to help me, contact Kris Hannigan-Luther, who leads our mission team at FPC. Donations may be made out to First Presbyterian Church.
Thank you. Do pray for me from the time I leave until I return back home that I might
glorify Him in all I do, say, and teach. Thanks for your love and support that will help me make HIM known to as many as possible in the villages, cities, and the President and Mrs. Kaunda if they extend a welcome for my request to visit and have a cup of tea.
Sincerely in Christ Jesus,
Testimony by Evangelist Chishala Mwaba- HEAD OF MISSION (RURAL OUTREACH MINISTRIES) ZAMBIA
“I am privileged to be among the believers of our Lord Jesus who had the grace to hear the preached word of God by God’s humble servant Dr. Joan Hust at Saint Marks’ United Church of Zambia in the mining town of Chingola on Copperbelt Province. Between 1979 and 1981, as a schoolboy I attended
children’s lessons conducted by Joan. She prepared easy methods for the hearers such as Muppets, drama etc. All these lessons were Christ-centered hence touching the heart of the young seekers in the mining town of which I was included. Many of us got born again at a tender age through the preaching
of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ by God’s servant Joan Hust.
We had a Television program called CLUBHOUSE of which Joan was the moderator. Because of Joan’s emphasis on Bible reading, some of the boys and girls were able to read the Bible through from cover to cover. Deeply convicted by what we had read, we developed an intense hatred for sin. Every week, we could meet as a community of young believers. I remember some friends like Clement Muwele, the late
Henry Simukoko, and Vivian Nakawala Simwanza, Gladys Simwanza, Judy Simwanza and Joseph Banda, who have all grown in the fear of the Lord. This is because of the foundational teaching given to us as we had to surrender to Jesus at a tender age. The light of heaven broke into many of the souls in the young boys and girls in Chingola regardless of their denomination during the ministry of Joan Hust.
Joan with godly wisdom used the Muppet shows to deliver the gospel to the children. I am really humbled to be part of the few people who witnessed the ministry of Joan Hust in Zambia and now serve the Lord as a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the RURAL OUTREACH MINISTRIES. Many of us were born again through the ministry of Joan Hust because the lady preached the gospel of the risen Christ.”
|Find Chingola where I lived with my family for nine years, and I’ll bring you back an ngwee. It is a landlocked country in Southern Africa.
I will fly to Lusaka, the capital city. Dr. Kenneth Kaunda was the president when I was living there. I have asked a friend of mine, Dr. Nevers Mumba,who was in my Sunday school class when he was ten yrs. old, and now is the multiparty Democracy president to arrange a meeting for me with Dr. Kaunda.
The official language is English, but the local language is Nyanja and Bemba.
I taught at the Sacred Heart Convent School, Nchanga Trust School and TCCA, Theological College of Central Africa. We would sing the national anthem, Stand and Sing of Zambia, Proud and Free, with great enthusiasm. I especially loved the chorus that was sung after the third verse:
Praise be to God,
Praise be, praise be, praise be,
Bless our great nation,
Zambia, Zambia, Zambia
Free men we stand
Under the flag of our land.
Zambia, praise to Thee!
All one, strong and free.
I was sitting at my desk at home when Zambia this year won the first Africa Cup of Nations title in soccer. I wish I could have been there to celebrate with them. I only lived with my family in Zambia nine years. It definitely changed my life.
I was very involved with the children of Zambia and the children of the expatriates mostly from Europe, Britain, Australia, Sweden, and India. We were there on a two year contract but it turned out that we stayed nine years.It is difficult for the wives of the men as they go to work all day and the wives have nothing to do. It takes time to get acquainted, but I was active in the local church teaching, working with the youth, leading safaris, director and producer of a weekly TV program and the list could go on and on. I loved working with the local children, the children from the many countries, and they went on the safaris, were in the Sunday school and youth group at St.Mark’s, and joined me on the live weekly TV programs.
I have met several Zambians that are here going to college, and working in the local church. What a blessing and fun to get together with them as we know the same folks back in Zambia.
It is a small world. This year my son called me and asked me to come home right away. I reminded him and he knew it that I was in a very important meeting, but he insisted I come home right away so I did. Lo and behold a Zambian gentleman was sitting at my kitchen table with a smile from ear to ear, and it was Dr. Charles Musonda from Mufulira, Zambia that was in my youth group in Chingola. He has opened a House of Prayer here in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
This is a small world and a great world, and I am so fortunate at my age to be in good health and living with my husband of 48 years. Our younger son,Jacob, is living with us and repairs computers. Our older son, Pepper, lives with his wife and two daughters in the Seattle, WA area and just received a special 20 year service award. Our daughter, Segred, works and lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.
I cherish your prayers, and thank you for helping me to go on my next mission trip to Zambia this summer. My desire is to make Him known to those who do not know Him, and to encourage the ones that know Him to be a blessing to everyone.
Make Me a Blessing
Make me a blessing, Make me a blessing-
Out of my life May Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray,
Make me a blessing to someone today.
Ira B. Wilson