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Project Nehemiah in Action

Project Nehemiah in Action

Just before the restrictions of the COVID pandemic stopped all international flights, a small team of six left Chicago and traveled to serve in one of the worlds poorest countries — Zambia. The team from Community Fellowship Church in West Chicago included two pastors and four laypeople. Along with some of iTEE Global Staff, their mission was to train 29 pastoral leaders on Project Nehemiah.     

The training meeting was held in Ndola, Zambia, in February 2020 with students from a ministry the church supports. Before their departure, the team completed an orientation training coordinated by iTEE Global facilitators through a face-to-face meeting and via ZOOM. Upon arrival in Zambia, additional training was held to help them with cross-cultural information before the event.

According to Project Nehemiahs vision and mission, each team member learned how to lead small group activities at the workshop. They had to learn: 1) how to ask questions, 2) how to introduce group learning exercises, 3) how to lead a group in prayer, and 4) how to apply Project Nehemiah content. As participants in Project Nehemiah, they were all responsible for teaching pastoral leaders of another culture.

Everyone on the team from West Chicago was amazed at how God used each of them to build relationships and transform the lives of these Zambian pastoral leaders. Not only did they bring training to 29 leaders, but they also helped equip them to multiply disciple-makers.

After the three-day workshop, the goal was for the 29 leaders to apply the Project Nehemiah learning experience and conduct face-to-face training in two or three locations. But the COVID pandemic stay-at-home” lockdowns halted that plan and forced everyone to go online.  

The impact of Project Nehemiah was profound. In the face of adversity, iTEE Globals training team, working with the leaders from Community Fellowship Church, opened up an entire nation to Bible training. As a result, and to this date, over 375 pastoral leaders and church leaders in Zambia have received the same training. They are learning to serve their churches through God’s Word and disciple other pastoral leaders to make disciples.

God used a single team from a local church in West Chicago to alter the trajectory of biblical training for Zambian pastors and church leaders. When we obey the Lord to Go, we can Make Disciples of all Nations!