Mobilising Christians Against Poverty

Archive for July, 2008


Kawambwa District is located in Luapula province in northern Zambia. It is the largest district in Luapula  and has a population of 130,000 Zambians. There are also 20,000 Congolese refugees living in a refugee camp that was established by the United Nations in 1998. Fishing is the primary industry in the river valley, while farming dominates the plateau.

Cover jpegKawambwa District is known as the Land of Falling Waters. It boasts two of the most spectacular  waterfalls in all of Zambia. The Ngona River forms two parallel falls about 30m in height known as  Ntumbachushi Falls (Bottom Left). Lumangwe Falls (Left), a near replica of the more famous Victoria Falls, is within the district. Kawambwa also provides access to Kabwelume Falls (Bottom Right) in Northern Province. Efforts are currently underway to develop a game park for further recreation.

The natural resources in Kawambwa boast huge potential. It is one of the few surplus food districts in all of Zambia. Efforts are being made to establish large scale farming enterprises as well as utilize the full potential of small farms. Currently, the largest tea plantation in  Zambia is located in Kawambwa, and the Wena Farmblock partitions plots for growing coffee, potatoes, and pineapples, among other produce. Also, It’s rivers are prime for hydroelectric power plants.

In spite of the wealth of potential these natural resources hold and the rich cultural tradition of the people, NtumbachushiLuapula province and Kawambwa district remain some of the poorest in all of Zambia.

The people of Kawambwa are unable to establish the infrastructure needed to utilize the Kabwelumepotential their district holds. There is not capital available to them to make such investments. So even though they are surrounded by potential, the people of Kawambwa continue to live in poverty.

Kawambwa is facing several critical problems:

Poverty: It is estimated that over 70% of Kawambwa’s residents live in poverty.

HIV/AIDS: The spread of HIV/AIDS is rapid in rural areas like Kawambwa. HIV/AIDS breaks families and destroys social structures, often removing the main breadwinners from a family during the prime of life.

Employment: Many struggle to find ways to support their families beyond subsistence farming

Perm SecAs a Christian nation, Zambia recognizes the need for the church to take a leading role in the development of our country. Effective, sustainable development can not occur until the church becomes the driving force behind our development practices. It is crucial for us to understand the connection between social and spiritual nourishment and let that connection influence the ways we work for sustainable development. So I am excited to see Micah Challenge and the church working to forward the Millennium Development Goals in Kawambwa” – Mr. Siame, Permanent Secretary of the province of Luapula.

Micah Challenge Zambia is a fast growing coalition of member organizations, churches, denominations, institutions and individuals committed to engaging in poverty reduction and helping achieve the Millennium Development Goals in Zambia.


WalkingThe church in Kawambwa is vibrant and growing. It has a heart for its integral mission, to minister to both spiritual and social needs. Micah Challenge Zambia and the church in Kawambwa invite you to walk with us in our effort to realize the Millennium Development Goals. There are three goals with which we are especially concerned:

Goal 1: To see hunger and extreme poverty eradicated through assisting churches with care programs, investing in local businesses, supporting the development of local infrastructure, and encouraging tourism to Kawambwa.

Goal 6: To halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS through continued education, church based care programs, and alternative recreational activities.

Goal 8: To develop global partnerships for development by creating international relationships between churches and between businessmen, relationships that will edify and empower both sides. The church in Kawambwa is working hard to lift their brothers and sisters out of poverty, but this must be a global effort. The Kawambwa church can not achieve their goals without global partnerships. 

Orphanage Pastor Charles Simukonde and Levy Lamba stand in front of bricks that will be used to build a home for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs). “There are 250 OVCs in Kawambwa. 58 are on ARVs. 25 are being treated for tuberculosis. The church is here to bring hope to these children.” – Pastor Smukonde

Micah Challenge Core Values: Micah Challenge is committed to the Good News: We affirm that the good news of Jesus demonstrates concern for the spiritual, physical, mental, social, economic and emotional well being of people.

We are committed to the following key values: the Good News; Jesus; the Bible; working with those living in poverty; justice; prayer; relationships; learning and sharing; efficiency and accountability.

Full details of the values can be found on our website or by contacting us. In order to work together well, all coalition members are asked to read and work within the MCZ Coalition Principles, Core Values and Operating Principles.

Join the Coalition: You can join as an individual, organization, church, denomination or institution. Simply visit our website and download the form or contact us through the details below.




Tel: 02 681 482 / 02 681 172

Address: Micah Challenge Zambia, c/o Jubilee Centre, PO Box 70519, 30 Lualaba Road, Kansenshi, Ndola, Zambia


Praying for President Mwanawasa

Praying for President Mwanawasa

A new chapter is being written in the history of Zambia. Zambians are experiencing a strong sense of unity and purpose. The grave situation of President Mwanawasa’s health is the reason. Thousands, if not million of people, including children, are united through the practice of daily prayer for the President’s healing. Micah Challenge Zambia commends the Church for making this commitment and nonpolitical effort to pray for the President.

Micah Challenge Zambia knows the strength and courage that comes from a nation that prays. No Christian can estimate the influence prayer has had on our President’s decisions as he has led this beautiful and peaceful nation. The mobilization of Zambians to pray for the President and the dedication demonstrated to act is a testimony to the faith and character of the Zambian people.

While we are in this spirit of humility and brokenness, Micah Challenge Zambia calls on the Church to continue to pray for the cabinet, political leaders and everyone charged with public affairs, that they would receive wisdom and guidance from God as they confront this challenge our founding fathers never imagined. Micah Challenge Zambia calls on every politician to lay aside partisan human wisdom as they address this issue. Micah Challenge Zambia calls for a truly patriotic approach to this burden we face, a burden that no one political party or individual can carry.

As we pray for the President let us also be mindful of his bold, selfless and sacrificial fight against corruption, his commitment that Zambia achieves the Millennium Development Goals, and his concerns as SADC chairman that there be a government in Zimbabwe that reflects the will of the people.

“One way we can demonstrate our prayers for our President is by living up to his commitment to do work that leads to political and economic prosperity,” said Pastor Lawrence Temfwe, the National Facilitator of Micah Challenge. “Commitment to Christ, Biblical Christianity and morality are indispensable supports. That is why President Mwanawasa gave his life to Christ. He knows that national morality cannot prevail if Biblical foundations are excluded.”

So let us continue to pray for President Mwanawasa’s timely recovery and to do the work that our president has committed to. We must remain steadfast in facing this challenge as a unified nation. It is only in Christian unity that we can overcome this obstacle and continue down the road toward national development.

April – May 2008 Micah News

Central Province Launch

During the month of May we had a launch of Micah Challenge in Central Province. This is the fourth launch in the series of provincial launches. So far we have done launches on the Copperbelt (August 28th 2007), North Western Province (November 20th, 2007), Luapula province (February 5th, 2008).

micah challenge kabwe-crop The Central Province Launch took place on May 28th 2008, at Kabwe Chapel in Kabwe. A total of 150 church leaders, pastors, university students, and members of the civil society attended this meeting which was opened by the Deputy Permanent Secretary of Central Province. Besides this meeting, we had two other meetings with ZAFES groups at Mulungushi University and Nkrumah College of education, where we introduced students to the work of Micah Challenge.

The essence of the provincial launches is to sensitize and engage church leaders and church members about the work of MCZ.

Engagement with the Media

Last month, we released three press releases. The first one was on price surge, the second one was on the occasion of the African Freedom Day, and the last one was on the Central Province Micah Launch

The Campaign Coordinator, Martin Kapenda also had a live interview with Radio Maranatha in Kabwe. The interview was centred on the work of Micah Challenge Zambia and the Central Province Launch.

MDGs Needs Assessment Training Workshop

The MCZ Campaign Coordinator attended the MDGs Needs Assessment Training Workshop organised by the UNDP at Chrismar hotel in Livingstone from 19th to 23rd May. The meeting was facilitated by UN staff from New York, Botswana, South Africa and Lesotho. The workshop was attended by planners from government line ministries and the civil society working in the area of advocacy.

The main objectives for the training workshop were to expose the participants to the following:

  • Translating the long-term goals such as NDP and the MDGs into operational targets.
  • Developing a strategy for increasing absorptive capacity.
  • Strengthening coherence between planning and budget processes and guide programming of expenditure.
  • Providing a monitoring and accountability framework.

Participants were also introduced to MDG Needs Assessment Tools in the following sectors- Agriculture, Education, Energy, Gender, Health, Justice, Roads, and Water and Sanitation.

Stand Up Speak Out

The MCZ National Facilitator, Rev. Lawrence Temfwe, attended a meeting in Lusaka called by GCAP to meet with Mr Salil Shety, the Global Director of the United Nations Millennium. The purpose for the meeting was to discuss the Stand Up Speak Out event which takes place on October 17th and to gain an insight on what was being obtained at a global level with regard to the attainment of the MDGs.

Monitoring Zimbabwean elections

The MCZ National Facilitator, Lawrence Temfwe, the Executive Director of EFZ, Bishop Paul Mususu, and a Steering Committee Member of Micah Challenge joined one hundred other faith based Elections monitors from different African countries in Zimbabwe from 25th to 31st March to monitor the Zimbabwean elections. During his stay in Zimbabwe, Rev. Temfwe was given a unique role of writing press statements on behalf of the group. Please continue to pray for peace to prevail during the forth coming rerun elections in Zimbabwe.

EFZ General Assembly

The campaign coordinator attended the EFZ General Assembly, which was held at GO Centre in Lusaka from 29th to 30th April. A Micah Challenge report was presented which highlighted the activities which were implemented from 1stApril 2007 to 31st March 2008. The report showed that Micah Challenge Zambia currently has over 700 churches, organizations and individuals who have signed the Micah Call. Moreover, the year 2007 marked the first year of the implementation of the MCZ three year Plan for the period 2007 – 2010. During the same period Micah Challenge was officially launched in Zambia.

September UN Summit

President Levy Mwanawasa is likely to attend a UN High Level conference to take place on 25th September 2008 prior to the UN General Council. The aim of the High Level conference is to bring together world leaders, Civil Society and the private sector to help translate existing commitments to the MDGs into action, and strengthen the accountability of all parties in the global partnership for development. Pray that our President, Dr Mwanawasa, will be able to attend this summit and renew Zambia’s commitment to the MDGs. Micah Challenge Zambia will soon be writing to the President to request him to attend this meeting. We will soon be writing to all MCZ District Steering Committees to give them more information on this UN High Level Conference..


We call on coalition members to take note of the following important dates on the calendar of Micah Challenge Zambia.

September 25th UN High level Conference- We will send you more details on what is being planned soon.

October 17th, Stand Up Speak Out –We have sent out a letter to all district committees. We ask you to look at the events you can do as church. Also look out for activities planned by other civil societies and engage them.

October 12th Micah Sunday- We hoping that all Steering Committees members will ensure that this is observed in the churches they lead.

October 8th: Prayer Gathering

Please organize or participate in prayer gathering.