In May of 2018 six members of Heritage traveled to visit our missionary partners, Delbert and Sandy Groves in Kitwe, Zambia, South Africa, as part of Heritage’s ongoing relationship with the New Life Center.
Delbert and Sandy Groves have run the New Life Center since 2000 as a place of worship, education, and outreach for the surrounding communities. The areas the New Life Center focuses on is training in evangelism, discipleship, Bible study, teaching skills, as well as nutrition, maternal and child care, home care, and prevention of basic diseases. The New Life Center also offers free education classes to orphaned and vulnerable children to help them pass secondary school exams and provides skills needed to find employment. One of their primary outreaches is their PET (Personal Energy Transportation) project which helps provide mobility to the disabled. (You can find out more about the New Life Center on their website at newlifezambia.com)
While in Zambia the team from Heritage got to spend time in the surrounding communities providing much-needed food and supplies. As well as spending a few days helping to fix up a few things around the New Life Center, including painting and repairing a shipping container that caught fire shortly before we arrived.
We spent a few days prepping for Bible studies, and then hosted a three-day Bible study for both women, men, and children, as well as being beyond blessed to get to attend a worship service in the newly built (with help from Heritage!), but yet unnamed church.
On our second to last day there we were given the honor of being able to name the church, and after having experienced the life and worship that came from the community, and with thoughtful prayer, Rev. Dan Johnson named the church Holy Spirit UMC.