Josephine

Josephine became a Care Worker after Hands at Work gathered churches in Zimba, including hers, to teach about what it means to follow Jesus. Josephine says that life has been challenging for her household. She gave birth to 12 children, three of whom have passed away. Of her remaining nine children, seven are girls who are good, but the two boys are “troublesome.” 

Prayer Request:

Pray for the Lord’s intervention in the lives of her two sons Costa (1986) and Augie (1992) who drink a lot. Pray also for unity in the family and understanding with her in-laws.

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Judith

Judith was among the first Care Workers in Zimba who joined other volunteers to care for the most vulnerable children in their community. 

Prayer Request:

Pray for general well being for Judith, her husband Benard and their household. Pray for the Lord to deliver her from her stomach ailments. Pray that their children will continue desiring education and doing well at school.

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Bernard

Bernard originally joined Kachema Musuma as a care worker in 2010. His church made an announcement that there was a need for compassionate individuals who were wanting to care for orphaned children in their community (Zimba), so he stepped up. But, due to concerns with the leadership within the community based organization (CBO), he decided that he would step down from serving.


In 2017, the leadership at Kachema Musuma changed, with Kitson taking on the role of CBO Coordinate. Soon after, Kitson visited Bernard at home to encourage him to not be deterred but rather return to his first passion, the caring for the orphaned children of Zimba. Bernard again heeded the call to serve and has been faithfully walking with the wounded children in Zimba. 

Prayer Request:

Bernard asks you to pray for his children, that they might be able to finish school. He also asks that you pray for physical healing as he suffers a lot of body pain. Finally, Bernard asks that you lift up his family as a whole, that they might all find peace in Christ. 

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Benson

Benson has been a dedicated volunteer with Kachema Musuma since 2012. At that time, the original coordinator (Hildah) reached out to her friend and asked him to consider making time to care for the vulnerable children in Zimba. With an open mind and a compassionate heart, Benson attended a foundations training where he learned about the needs of the children and how Kachema Musuma, with support and training from Hands at Work, was providing three essential services (education, food security, and emotional/spiritual/physical healthcare).

Benson shared that "when l saw the children who did not have parents, l was moved with compassion to serve them. I thought if one day l die, other people will look after my children too."

Prayer Request:

Benson asks that we pray for his physical body. Aches and pains make it a bit difficult for him and he needs to be able to provide for his children and those vulnerable that he cares for in Zimba.


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Hilda

"Little Hilda" was named after her grandmother Hilda, the founder of the community-based organization (CBO) in Zimba - Kachema Musuma (The Good Shepherd). She was given the moniker "little Hilda" to avoid confusion. Though her grandmother is no longer serving as part of Kachema Musuma, the name has stuck.  Little Hilda attended the United Church of Zambia with her grandmother, where she learned of the needs in her community. Little Hilda shares her grandmother's heart for the orphaned and vulnerable children, and started to walk with Hilda so that they could care for the children - feeding them, carrying them to the clinic, showing them the care and compassion they were so lacking. She's been involved in caring for the vulnerable children in Zimba since 2009. 

Prayer Request:

Little Hilda asks that we pray for her children. That she might be able to raise them up to be obedient not only to her, but to God's Word; that they might know the power of the gospel in their lives.

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Melisi

Melisi started to serve as a care worker with Kachema Musuma in May of 2017. Judith, another care worker explained to her what Hands at Work is committed to - helping the most vulnerable children in Zimba to receive food security, education and health care. Melisi wanted to show her compassion and the love of Christ to these children, so she decided to come along side the others at Kachema Musuma to be a good shepherd to the orphaned children of Zimba.

Prayer Request:

Melisi asks that we pray for her six (6) children, some of whom are really struggling to survive. He heart aches for her children and their struggles. 

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Lufupa Muhongo

Lufupa Muhongo started to serve as a care worker at Kachema Musuma sometime between 2009 and 2010. Hands at Work was reaching out to local churches, mobilizing them to care for the widows and orphans in Zimba, and Lufupa was one of the church leaders who responded to the call. He heard their plea for care workers and volunteered to serve. Soon after joining, Lufupa learned more about what it means to be a follower of the Jesus we know and has since grown in his devotion and commitment to helping the vulnerable and living a life of faith. 

Prayer Request:

Lufupa Muhongo asks that we pray for his family of 14 children, that they may be committed to Christ. 

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Clara

Clara grew up in Zimba, but moved to Towando after completing grade 9. She learned about Kachema Musuma and how it had developed a community school to help the vulnerable children in Zimba five years ago. She has been teaching in Zimba and caring for the vulnerable children ever since. 

Prayer Request:

Please pray that God will provide opportunities for unity and reconciliation among her 6 sisters and brother at home. 

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Baustista

This week’s update is not a request for prayer but a proclamation of praise.  Bautista is a care worker who has been volunteering for a number of years to care for the vulnerable children in Zimba through Kachema Musuma. The Kitwe Service Center team (Blessings, Ruth, and Eunice), along with a few others traveled to Bautista’s home to pay her a holy home visit. After sharing a meal together, Blessings and the others wanted to bless Bautista and her family with a time of prayer. They specifically lifted up Bautista’s brother (who sleeps outside the main space in a small room). Bautista’s brother has been suffering from a medical condition that makes him unable to walk, so he couldn’t join them, “but we still prayed for him.”

“When we left early in the morning, everyone was shocked to see [Bautista’s brother] walking on his own!” - Pastor Blessings

Bautista’s brother had a dream during the night of four men and two women praying over him, and when he awoke, he could walk. His neighbors were astounded. All that Bautista and the other volunteers could do was proclaim that "God is our healer!" and that "God sent forth His Word in answered prayers!" We give God all the glory for this miracle!

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Moses

The short-term team from 2017 designed a t-shirt emblazoned with the name of the community-based organization (CBO) in Zimba - Kachema Musuma (The Good Shepherd). Since giving it to the care workers as a gift, it has become the de-facto uniform, worn with pride and washed with care. Moses, proudly wearing his shirt, shared how he joined as a care worker in 2011. He originally joined the CBO after the original coordinator, a fellow member of his church (United Church of Zambia), shared with him about the needs of the vulnerable children. As she told him stories of children who had lost their parents with no one to care for or love them, he realized that he had to act. He told himself that he had to join... that he had to help these children. 

Prayer Request:

Moses asks that we pray for his current living situation. He and his wife have been facing so many challenges financially and physically as they grow older. He asks us to pray that he is able to endure these challenges so that he can continue to care for and support the vulnerable children of Zimba.

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