The great and necessary work of missions at Kabwata Baptist Church is celebrated as a dynamic living reality that captures, for the most part, the church’s zeal to reach its community and beyond with the gospel. The history of missions at KBC extends some 22 years. Keeping it going has been by prayer and active financial support from church members and supporting partners from all around the world. A sustained and well organised administration for such extensive work is a must.

The missionaries sent out to various parts of the country and the continent have a great opportunity to refresh and share their experiences at the annual missions conference organised by the church. The conference takes place each and every year at the beginning of the year. This is one very important arm of missions operations. This year, our 12th missions conference was set for 28th February to 3rd March 2019. Fifteen missionaries came, seven of whom were accompanied with their spouses. Two years ago the missions committee introduced a children’s missions conference as an inclusion in the main missions 30 conference. This proved to be a success and so it was also included in this year’s missions conference.

For the missionaries, the conference was preceded by a prayer retreat three days before. During these three days the missionaries’ spouses had their own mini missions conference whilst the missionaries gathered at a retreat for prayer and other interactive sessions. This year it was good to see missionary spouses coming from as far as Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Mrs Joy Abutu, wife of our missionary to Nigeria, was excited to come to Zambia for the first time in her life. It was also a first time for her to cross the equator and visit the southern part of the African continent. Another first for her was to see vehicles being driven on the “wrong” side of the road—the left side!

The missionaries’ prayer retreat is a very important segment of the missions conference as a whole. This is the time when missionaries and Kabwata Baptist Church pastors withdraw from all other activities and go to lodge at a retreat centre for prayer, sharing of experiences, general planning, discussions and adopting financial budgets for each and every mission station. Accountability between the sending church and the missionaries is also reviewed annually. Evening attendance at the missions conference

The Missions Conference this year was done under the theme: “Missions: The Task Unfinished.” Dr Lazarus Phiri, Vice Chancellor of the Evangelical University, was the main speaker for the conference. Dr Phiri spoke from Romans 1:14-16. He exhorted us to be steadfast in the spread of the gospel throughout all ages as many lands have yet to hear the gospel. Even the places where the gospel has been preached there were new populations that needed to hear the gospel for the first time. He displayed statistics showing how much of the planet was still unreached.

On Saturday 2nd March missionaries had opportunity to interact with home groups that are assigned to each mission station. On the final day of the conference, Sunday 3rd March, there were three events. First, all missionaries sat in front of the congregation and had a Q&A session with the congregation. Second, an announcement was made for pledges to support missionaries to be made in envelops so that the support would go towards the missionaries support for 2019. At the same time there was a challenge for the church to raise a one off amount to go towards the establishing of the church in Harare, Zimbabwe. Missionaries answering questions from the congretation 32 This year the goal was K160,000. Third, the sermon was preached and finally the support amounts both one-off and monthly support for missionaries was announced. It was heartening to hear the large amounts of support pledged for the missionaries. We thank God that the one off pledge exceeded the K160,000 target. The missions conference served its purpose in refreshing the missionaries, raising support and exhorting all that attended to take the work of the extension of God’s kingdom seriously.

Misheck Kumwenda

Missions Cordinator, Kabwata Baptist Church