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Christian Education Ministry (CEM)

Introduction

 

Try to imagine being unable to read. Think of all the signs around you as you walk down the street that would be meaningless squiggles to you. Think of how few jobs would be available to you. Think of how difficult it would be trying to learn anything new. How would you cope if you were an African with AIDS and cannot read the information on how you may receive help? How would you cope in church if you cannot read the Bible and do not know whether or not you are being taught the truth?

Zambia ’s Eastern Province has the lowest literacy rate in the country. Officially around 50 per cent of the population are literate, but the figure is much lower in the rural areas and among women. Functional literacy rates are far lower still.

It takes little imagination to see how difficult it is for an illiterate population to escape the poverty trap. It also takes little imagination to see something far more important. What would be the effects on the church of a new generation who are well educated? These Zambians would be able to compare what they are taught in church with the Bible, thus acting as a safeguard against false teaching. Positively, they could teach themselves and others from the Bible. They may gain skills to help them spread the gospel and function in their communities in a way that pleases God and is a good witness to others. The possibilities from a truly Christian education, combined with God’s work of saving sinners, are almost limitless.

For these reasons, the Christian Education Ministry supports and promotes Christian education in the Petauke region in Eastern Province, Zambia.

Marjanne Hendriksen works fulltime for the CEM at Petauke.

 

'Since may 2007 I have had the privilege of working for the Christian Education Ministry. Before that I was a pre-schoolteacher in The Netherlands .

At this moment we support 20 community schools in the Petauke area. Together with our travelling secretary Solomon Lungu and with Dorica Banda, a local trained teacher, we want to encourage the teachers in giving Christian education and help them in getting more teaching skills.

During school terms we visit the teachers to observe their lessons and give them feedback. We also provide basic materials for the schools, such as blackboards, chalk, exercise books, pencils etc.

During school holidays we provide trainings days for the teachers on Covenant College. We pray that the Lord will bless our work in spreading His kingdom amongst teachers and children in Zambia!'

 

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