Andrew and Jill Schultz were the first BIMI missionaries in Zambia. Since their arrival in 1998, they have organized one church in the city of Ndola and are now in the process of establishing a Bible Institute there to train new Christians.
The Andrew Schultz family joined BIMI as missionaries to Zambia in 1995. After two years of deputation, they arrived as the very first BIMI missionaries in Zambia. They worked in Kitwe, Zambia, for six months with a veteran missionary family who greatly helped them adjust to the culture and unique ministry opportunities. During this time, Pastor Schultz worked to register BIMI with the Zambian government which was essential according to Zambian Law. This being accomplished, the Lord soon led them to begin a church in the city of Ndola. Ndola is the third largest city in Zambia with a population that exceeds 350,000 people.
In 1999, Calvary Baptist Church of Ndola was organized. From humble beginnings in a squatter’s village, the church quickly grew out of its rented room, and a new location was found in the auditorium of a local elementary school. All along, the emphasis of Calvary Baptist Church has been “Winning the Lost and Building the Saved. ” Seeing the church grow in number and maturity, Pastor Schultz began petitioning the City Council of Ndola for property upon which to build a church building. After almost a year of requests, much patience, and prayer, the church received a two-acre portion of land near the school from which they were already renting the auditorium.
Through the partnership of Independent Baptist Churches and Christians throughout the world, funds were raised for the development of the land as well as the church structures. The members of Calvary Baptist Church of Ndola provided the labor for the development and construction, and the building materials were provided by the partner churches and Christian friends.
Calvary Baptist Church now stands as a beacon where the residents of Ndola can come to hear sound Bible teaching and Gospel preaching.
Currently, Pastor Schultz is leading Calvary Baptist Church to start a Bible Institute where Zambians who feel called into the ministry can receive training before they are sent out to start their own Independent Baptist Churches. One of the needs of the church and the Bible Institute is a library where Institute students can do their research and studying and where church members and others can find quality books for themselves and their families. Since English is the main language of Zambia, this is a great opportunity for English speaking Christians to get involved in this ministry.
So far over 500 boxes of library books have been donated for the Friends of Zambia Library. Many Christian families have donated duplicate or extra books from their own collections. Several retiring pastors have donated their whole library, and many local public libraries in the United States have donated reference books and library materials.
The shipping for these tens of thousands of volumes of books, as well as the library supplies have been provided by Independent Baptist Churches and Christians throughout the world. Financial gifts for the completion of the library building are still needed and can be sent to BIMI for the Friends of Zambia Library.
In the future, we would like to see a Christian day school established where the members of Calvary Baptist Church can see that their children receive a quality, Godly education.
Please join with us in praying for the needs of the Lord’s work in Zambia. Specifically, please pray that more individuals, couples, and families will surrender their lives to serve our Lord in this ripe harvest field. More missionaries could be used to assist in the Bible Institute and eventually the day school. Missionaries who feel called into church planting could assist in helping the Institute graduates get their new churches established. There are also many large cities in Zambia without a true Gospel witness. Because of the AIDS epidemic, there are many orphans who are homeless and in need of care. There is an abundant opportunity for Christian orphanages and medical clinics to be started.
Zambia is a wide open field for missions. Since Zambia used to be a British protectorate, English is still the main spoken language. The government is very friendly and hospitable toward missionaries, and the people are very kind and open to the presentation of the Gospel. AIDS is decimating the population of Zambia, and very soon it will be too late to reach these dear souls with the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
If you feel that God is calling you or your family into full time Christian service, please pray about serving the Lord in the harvest field of Zambia.
Please feel free to contact the Schultz family through their website at www.schultzministry.org