Augest/September 2018 Newsletter

October 8, 2018

     For whosever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!        Rom 10:13-15. KJV

 

AUGUST / SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

 

     Hello everyone! The last two months have have been full of ministry and travel. From Mutomena in the Barotse Floodplain of western Zambia to Mwinilunga in northern Zambia; home to the source of the Zambezi River. Finally, crossing the frenzied Kasumbalesa border into the Congo. This has been busy time full of The Father's blessings.

 

     Overland Missions places long term missionaries in designated areas called sectors in a given country. These sectors act as a definable ministry goal for the missionaries. Many times these sectors are very remote and require a mission base to be built in order to effectively accomplish the work. Sioma Base in the Western Provence of Zambia is one such base. Their eight person team has built an amazing base on the banks of the Zambezi River. More importantly, they have advanced The Kingdom remarkably. Before traveling to DR Congo, I had the privilege of joining an expedition team to this sector.


     Mutomena is a remote village almost 3 hours drive from Sioma Base. It is situated on a large flood plan that causes seasonal isolation from surrounding areas. Our mission was to engage the community through hut to hut evangelism and nighttime revival meetings. This type of ministry is not about how fast or how many people you can witness to. It is about taking whatever time is necessary to really connect with people. Even though it isn't about numbers; numbers can help people see the fruit of ministry. During our week there, we had the opportunity to minister to 1,043 people. Of those, 215 individuals made personal commitments to follow Jesus Christ and 103 people received healing of various diseases and injury. These new believers will not be forgotten. The Sioma team will continue to do follow up Bible studies, disciple training and leadership development.  

     As I do my best to follow Holy Spirit on this adventurous journey; I find myself blessed at every turn.  I did not intend to visit the source of the Zambezi.  However, like so many times before; Jesus blesses me along the way.  As part of the recon team to Mwinilunga, we just happened to be within an couple hours drive to an unassuming natural wonder.

 

 The source of the Zambezi river is not much more than a standing pool of murky water.  However, during it's 1500 mile journey to the Indian Ocean; this stagnant puddle grows into a raging river the produces the mighty Victoria Falls (pictured above). Seeing this unassuming beginning; brought to mind Ezekiel's vision of the ever-increasing river! A small trickle of water from the Temple of God that grows into a river of life that restores everything it touches.  One of my favorite pictures of The Gospel. The very life of God flowing from the believer changing everything we touch!  (Ez 47:1-12).  Thank You Jesus for reminding me of Your life and power that lives in every believer!

 

     This small black dambo (woodland marsh) is the source of the mighty Zambezi!

 

 

 

     Village Elder and his family after the team ministered for several hours.

 

 

 

     The Northwestern Provence of Zambia is a beautiful area adjacent to the DR Congo border. The topography, flora, fauna, and climate are very similar to southern Congo. The predominate people group, the Lunda, actually consider their historical home the Congo. The Lunda Chiefs consider the Emperor Mwant Yav of Congo as their tribal father. I was invited to join the final recon into this new area before Overland started long term work there.


     Before "launching" a new sector, that is, placing a long term team to live and minister in the area. Overland will send multiple reconnaissance trips into an area to better understand the people and their needs. Over the last couple years all of the preliminary recon has been accomplished. The only objective that remained, select the site to place the base and begin the initial clearing of that site. We are not a large organization with a huge operating budget. Meaning, we do most of our work the old fashion way; by hand. Our team spent most of our time walking through bush, up and down hills, and crossing steams in order to find the right spot.  We then cleared a one mile road through the bush with axes, hand saws, and shovels. The work was hard and the mopane flies where relentless. But is was oh so rewarding to see a new drivable road to a future mission base where men and women will sow their lives for The Kingdom of our Lord!
 

     The bush road in background that our team cut by axe and hand saw through the bush.

 

 


I know life can be overwhelmingly busy. I do thank you for taking time to read this newsletter. God Bless.

Your Loving Brother In Christ,
Darin Stewart

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