Church Planting in the Congo

This is a guest post from missionary Ed Miller, who served along with his wife, Linda, nearly four decades as missionaries to Zambia:

Since leaving the field in December 2008 and retirement in December of 2009, our hearts are still in Zambia. Ed Miller has made three trips back to Zambia and Linda has made one. Since October 2009, the work of the Copperbelt has extended and now there are over 45 churches in Congo as a result of the Chande Baptist Orphanage Ministry.

It is amazing how the Lord has used the Chande Baptist Orphanage ministry in Kitwe to be a church planting tool. Someone said, “An orphanage is not a church planting tool, but here we see the opposite.” As the people got their eyes on ministry to orphans, the Lord also showed them the mission field near them in the neighboring country of Congo.

Even with little resources, they have reached out to share Christ with people in Zambia, but also as a church planting tool.  The orphanage has been a spring board for church planting not only in Zambia, but also in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Use this link to read a story of how the Lord uses the outreach of the Zambian people from the Chande Baptist Orphanage to touch lives in Congo. [ Read More ]

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Chande Orphanage in Need

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Kim and I are a part of the Friends of Chande, a group of people who are committed to supporting and promoting the Chande Orphanage Project in Kitwe, Zambia. I learned of this need only this morning (11/29/2010) and want to pass it on in an appeal to those who are able to help.


Dear Friends of Chande,

Strong winds ripped the roof off of the Chande building this afternoon around 17:40 hrs Zambian time. The damage is extensive, we have lost 60 roofing sheets and timber, and it will take about $5000 USD to fix. See the pictures (below) of the damaged roof. I’m therefore kindly appealing to all well-wishers to come to our aid. This is an emergency. The cost of one 7-meter long roofing sheet is $70 USD. We need 60 sheets. There may be someone out there who would want to buy a sheet, we would be very grateful to such a one. It would take 60 people giving $70 each to buy the replacement sheets.

Patrick Chanda
Pastor of Chamboli and Ndeke Baptist Churches
Director of the Chande Orphanage

Here is an Update on the Roof Situation, from Ed Miller:

This past week (early December), our church members and friends gave $2150 toward the roofing damage at the orphanage. In addition, I received confirmation of $210 more coming in the next few days. Also, two other churches have contributed $2500 so we are near our goal of $5000.

In addition, I heard from another church that said they were going to help. I’m excited to see how God continues to bless and be a testimony that even in times of trouble He can and will provide for this faith project.

I talked to Patrick on Saturday and they have the roof covered with tarps in order that they protect the ceiling boards over the damaged areas while they are repairing. I praise the Lord for the quick response to this emergency.

Send your tax-deductible donation to:
Inglewood Baptist Church
1901 S Carrier Pkwy
Grand Prairie, Texas 75051-3756
Put “Chande Baptist Orphanage” in the memo line

Roof Damage at Chande Orphanage

Roof Damage at the Chande Orphanage

This ministry is much more than just caring for orphans; missionary Ed Miller sent me this information about how the Chande ministry has been involved in church planting:

Linda and I will be taking a team to Zambia in April. We have 14 others signed up. Also have two other churches that have enlisted teams that will be going. Also wanted you to know that the orphanage ministry has expanded and in the last four years those from the orphanage ministry have been responsible for starting 40 churches in Congo. I went last October to help train pastors. There are a couple of teams going this coming year to help train the Congolese pastors and church leaders.

Amazing impact on the children, and on the world around them. God is so good!

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