To be on the receiving end of substantive discourse is always a privilege and such was the case for all who recently observed the impassioned exposition of Pastor Ronald Kalifungwa, of Lusaka Baptist Church (Lusaka, Zambia), as he shared the ACU vision.
Completing an eight day circuit to seven churches in the states of Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New York, he presented convincing Biblical validation of the extraordinary need for bringing the Gospel to Africa through higher education. Many were blessed by his inspiring preaching.
The lecture, based on the first three chapters of Genesis, illustrated three key points concerning the creation, fall and redemption, as they relate to man as a spiritual being with intellectual and moral endowments.
Before the fall, man was created in the image of God, complete and ideally suited to his appointed task of subduing the earth and having dominion over it. This was not merely for the supply of his natural needs but to carry out God's various purposes of knowledge and benevolence.
The fall marred Adams character and competencies and thereafter, sin obstructed his and all men's ability to fulfill the cultural mandate. God's wisdom and instruction were thus foolishly despised. The redemptive work of Christ, the 2nd Adam, overcame sin, restoring the competencies lost in Adam to the human race. In Christ, his full potential as a creature, made in the image of God, was restored with the ability to subdue the earth to the glory of God.
Pastor Kalifungwa explained that our Zambian brothers in Christ envision an institution that will exist to produce 'ideal men ' who are mentally, physically and spiritually cultivated, and deeply rooted in a Christian Biblical worldview. They are convinced that the impact on their society, of a life-transforming institution such as ACU, along with Christ-centered families and churches, will be similar to the cultural developments that came with the renaissance, reformation and other Christian movements in Europe and America. "In western civilization, man, under God, has gone a long way in realizing his acculturative task," Pastor Kalifungwa shared, "but in African civilization we still have a few 'light years to go'."
An appeal was made to individuals and churches in America to participate in this God-glorifying endeavor through a variety of methods:
- Sign-up as an ACU Prayer Partner in support of the Reformed Baptist churches in Zambia.
- Support the project by contributing through the ACU 425 Campaign.
- Inquire as to how your skills might be utilized in service to the university.
Pastor Kalifungwa commented on how much he appreciated the gracious, servant-hearted Pastors, church leaders and families who opened their homes and transported him from venue to venue during the tour. He was also encouraged by the numerous pledges of generous support. Before departing for Africa, he reiterated, "that although the tasks ahead may be enormous, the power of our omnipotent God is limitless, and we can certainly expect great things from Him!"
Won't you join us in this privileged opportunity?