My Hope Zambia: 5 Days and Counting
Praying for 'Hearts to be Open" for Dec. 1-3 Broadcast
November 27, 2011 - Stories have already surfaced, demonstrating the excitement for My Hope Zambia and how God is already moving as the December 1, 2 and 3 broadcast draws near.
“We are praying that many will hear that broadcast on that first night and that hearts will be open." — Mpundu Mutala
By Trevor Freeze
Mpundu Mutala can hardly contain his excitement.
It’s been a long year of preparation for the December 1, 2 and 3 My Hope Zambia national coordinator, but it’s now just a week away.
To see Billy Graham come to his country in the form of a “Living Room Crusade,” —where a nationwide 30-minute program featuring music, testimony and classic Billy Graham and Franklin Graham messages — will be aired gives him an uncontainable hope for Zambia.
“We are believing on those nights, there will be supernatural breakthroughs,” Mutala said.
The call for prayer for Zambia is as intense as it’s ever been. Mutala is praying for three nights of the Holy Spirit moving in every corner of this country through national broadcasts on two television and radio stations.
But even more specifically, he looks at December 1 as a possible turning point in the life of the Zambian church.
“We are praying that many will hear that broadcast on that first night and that hearts will be open,” Mutala said.
More than 5,400 churches and 60,000 Matthew hosts have been trained and the stories that will come from this weekend’s evangelistic broadcast effort may be impossible to track.
Already, stories have surfaced, demonstrating the excitement for My Hope and how God is already moving.
Here are just a few:
CHURCH INCREASES 7-FOLD: One pastor of a small 10-member congregation was so convinced the My Hope strategy would work, he started implementing the Matthew outreach fundamentals into his congregation and in a short time, his church has grown to between 60-70 people.
BODY (AND SOUL) WORK: One local mechanic wanted to be a Matthew host and has decided to turn his garage into a My Hope viewing spot. “He’s very determined,” Mutala said. “Three weeks ago, he got 24 packs of Matthew and Friends material.”
ANOTHER KIND OF HARVEST: Many farmers have been trained as Matthew hosts, including one who has more than 100 workers who will be showing the My Hope program at their farm. “What is probably going to happen is these farmers are going to record the broadcast and keep it so they can show it again and again to the people in those areas,” Mutala said.
“Things are happening. God is at work.”