THE FIRST NATIONAL ANNUAL REFORMED BAPTIST YOUTH CONFERENCE (NARBYC)

The National Annual Reformed Baptist Youth Conference (NARBYC) took place for the first time in Ndola from Thursday 5th to Monday 9th April 2007. This was the culmination of the efforts by the Reformed Baptist churches on the Copperbelt to make a national event out of what was once a regional conference for Copperbelt Reformed Baptist churches only. There was, therefore, a lot of excitement and expectancy as youths gathered at Muzi High School from different parts of the country to attend the conference whose theme was “Christian Liberty and Liberty of Conscience.” The youths were drawn from Reformed Baptist churches in the following provinces: Copperbelt, Lusaka, Central and Southern. The attendance was over 350 youths, which was almost double that of previous years.

The conference began with a key-note address from Pastor Kapambwe Nsenduluka of Fairview Reformed Baptist Church in Mufulira on “Being Captives for Jesus Christ.” The guest preacher was Pastor Stephen Gambill from Nashville Reformed Baptist Church in the USA. He shared on how Christian liberty and liberty of conscience should not be looked at in isolation but be considered in the light of the fact that God has liberated us from enslavement to sin and has given us power to say “no” to ungodliness. Therefore, this liberty should not be used as a licence to sin but to glorify God by living lives that are regulated by the Scriptures.

The seminars were also a major highlight on the conference programme. Pastor Victor Kanyense of Mount Makulu Baptist Church in Lusaka spoke on the Puritans as an example of how we should live as Christians. Pastor Choolwe Mwetwa of Central Baptist Church in Chingola spoke on entertainment. He gave some biblical principles to use to determine whether a given form of entertainment was beneficial or not. Elder Duncan Mugala, also of Central Baptist Church in Chingola, dealt with the whole issue of Zambian tradition and culture, and how these should fit into our lives as Christians. Judging from the number of questions from the young people, the seminars were well received. Due to “popular demand” Pastor Kabwe Kabwe of Grace Reformed Baptist Church handled the issue of “boy-girl relationships” on Sunday night for the youths who were above the age of 16.

The conference was indeed a great time of spiritual blessing to the many youths that attended. I pray that many would have been strengthened in their faith and that those who were not Christians may have started their journey in the faith.

Ivor Chilufya

Lusaka

MORE REFORMED BAPTIST MISSIONARIES SENT OUT

25th March 2007 was a special Sunday at Lusaka Baptist Church as the elder set apart Binwell Chibesa as a missionary pastor to Mongu to oversee the planting of the Kambule Reformed Baptist Church there. Binwell, who only got married last year in August, is an electrician by training. In 2005 he was asked to go and “help out” at Kambule Reformed Baptist Church in Mongu for a month and that month ended up lasting two years! Now, having been officially set apart for this work, our prayers go with him that the Lord will use him mightily kwahaye!

                A month later, on 22nd April 2007, there was a similar occasion at Kabwata Baptist Church. Kennedy Chibwe and German Banda were set apart as missionary pastors to do church-planting work in Luapula and Eastern provinces, respectively. Like Binwell Chibesa, both of these men were already in their respective areas serving the Lord, and so this was but the culmination of their desire to be properly sent out by the church. Kennedy is serving in Mwense at Ebenezer Reformed Baptist Church while German is serving in Sinda at Sinda Reformed Baptist Church. Our prayers go out with these men that the Lord will attend their labours with great success. Amen!