Mbala Christian Leadership Training Centre
Developing Servant Leadership for the Churches and Communities of Zambia
The Training Centre first opened its doors in the year 2000. During the 1990's the dream and vision for the Centre was formed in partnership with the church, Lee Albaugh (former resident of Zambia) and the community of Mbala. The vision grew from the desperate needs of the region. Since that beginning the Centre has trained and graduated 80 ministry students, 250+ Tailoring Students, 250 Life Skills carpentry and developed health programs for vulnerable orphans and people.
The HIV-AIDS pandemic, malaria and poverty are heavy on all our hearts. What would be the future for the children and families of Zambia? It was determined we could make a difference by training and disciplining Servant leaders who would focus on these difficult and overwhelming problems. With the multiplication of orphans, widows, and families headed by children, the Centre has taken up the challenge, and NESteam International partnered with them to address both spiritual and physical needs.
Since its beginnings the Centre has focused on the Servant Leadership program as the foundation developing programs in Life Skills to combat the effects of poverty. We believe in transforming the whole person spiritually, and physically.
Presently, in addition to their own community programs, they work with World Vision and the RAPIDS program at the local level in Mbala, providing Life Skills training to give hope, and living skills to orphans and vulnerable children. We have also worked with the Pephar program from USAID, targeting HIV/AIDS intervention in the northern parts of Zambia. These programs have been in conjunction with the local health , churches and communities in Zambia
The Centre is operated and taught by local Zambian leadership who commit themselves sacrificially to change lives. Nearly all the staff and teachers keep orphans in their homes, as well as doing their work in the churches and communities of the remote Mbala and Mpulungu regions.
The Board of Directors and staff of the school is made up of Zambian professionals, church leaders, community and government leaders and a member of NESteam International. They work on a volunteer basis and have backgrounds in public health, business, the church and skills. All of them are contibuting participants in the ministries.
The Centre teaches Servant Leadership as patterned by Christ and within the cultural context of Zambia. Our goal is to be a model for spiritual and physical change in African communities that can give hope, transforming lives.
Sacrificial service from faithful, and trustworthy, Zambian partners has made this Centre possible!
Luswepo Christian Centre
Work continues at Luswepo as the Centre Board in Zambia takes up the challenge to start Transformation Ministry and Skills programs in January 2016-17. Already the Centre, along with the town Centre in Mbala, is being used for outreach, district meetings and training.
Building A Place for Grace!
November 2010! Power has come, roof is on!
A place for ministering to those whose lives are torn apart by extreme poverty, malaria and HIV-AIDS.
The need to expand ministries at Mbala Christian Leadership Training Centre sent the staff out to seek a place where lives could be ministered to, and leadership trained with the vision to reach the region for Christ. This need was answered when a Zambian brother in Christ donated a 100 acre parcel of land on the Mpulungu road. From this, the vision for Luswepo Christian Centre was born!
From this location we can work with both Mpulungu, on Lake Tanganyika, and Mbala. Mpulungu is a fishing town with over 80,000 people. Mapalo will serve a an area that has over 300,000 people, most of whom live in extreme poverty.
The new Centre will be located near a village called "Makola" on the only road to Mpulungu. We have chosen to call the new site Luswepo, which means "light" in the local Lungu and Mambwe languages. Our desire is to be a place where the "Light" can shine for spiritual and physical transformation.
Through the commitment of Nesteam International, and a grant from the Beit Trust of London, Mbala Christian Leadership Training Centre began construction at the Makola village site. The community surrounding the area have been active participants in the construction with the local village headman, Ba Simfukwe, sitting under the mango tree every day, encouraging on the workers. He knows that this place will help his people mend their broken lives, and give hope to thousands for a future they can be proud of.