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About mintmiller

Teaching Pastor at Bournemouth Community Church

Update May 2018

I know I’m not actually in Zambia at the moment, but just wanted to keep you all updated with what’s going on! Thanks for reading, Tim.

Update May 2018

Books and Baptisms

Picking up the books

Yesterday I went to Chingola to pick up some books that had been sent out for our library here at Kaniki Bible University. Having access to good quality books is a major challenge and so a year ago we started compiling a wish list of books for each of the courses we teach here. With the help of many sponsors, and the excellent co-ordination of John Miles in Birmingham, we have now received a massive boost to our library.

Noreen, our librarian cataloguing the new books.

 

A huge thank you to people who have given books and finances to enable this project to take place, and we do hope to do this again in the future, to keep the library current and growing!

 

 

Raised with Christ!

In other news, we recently held a small baptism service at the college. 4 of the students came forward to be baptised, which was a really great celebration together.

Celebrating together

What goes around comes around

11 years ago, I was putting the finishing touches to my final year dissertation at Moorlands College and getting ready to graduate (has it really been so long?!) At that time, I had no idea I’d eventually end up teaching theology in Zambia. Moorlands has always (rightly in my opinion) emphasised the practical nature of studying theology, and so my degree from there was in applied theology.

Graduating from Moorlands, 2006.

We had to do many reflective exercises, examining our practice in light of Scripture and vice versa. To be honest, at the time I didn’t always understand why we needed to do some of that, and yet now I find myself telling my students some of the very same things! All theology takes place in context, it doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and so I try to encourage our students of the necessity of reflective practice.

Anyway, in the spirit of reflective practice, Moorlands recently asked me to write about some of my experiences here in Zambia for their blog, so I’ve tried to reflect a bit on prosperity here in Zambia and some of the challenges we’re facing. If you’re interested, you can read it here: www.moorlands.ac.uk/opinion/beyond-africa

New Opportunities

The last couple of months have involved quite a bit of travelling around.

With George & Molly
With George & Molly

I was really grateful to be asked to conduct the wedding for my friends George and Molly in Bournemouth, and it was such a great day! Being back in the Europe, I took the opportunity to visit as many places as I could fit in, including a trip to Slovakia to visit family and friends there.

 

Coming back to Zambia, I’m quite excited for all that’s in store for us here at Kaniki Bible College and wider too. This term I’m also teaching at the Evangelical University once a week and I’ll also be heading back to my old college, Fiwale Hill for a week’s intensive teaching in October.

I’ll give more information and details soon but I just wanted to let you know about some new opportunities here. As the work here grows and develops, there are some great roles for people who may want to come to Zambia to give a year or more to some really worthwhile projects. Kapumpe and Arise are both connected to the Bible College right here at Kaniki.

Please do share this flyer with anyone you know who may be interested to find out more!

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Cars and things

I’m very thankful to have a car here in Zambia. We cover some big miles driving around the bush and public transport here is not particularly reliable and sometimes unsafe. Whilst my car has by and large been really great, it is 18 years old and recently I have had some It's not supposed to look like thattrouble with it.

A couple of weeks ago I was driving in Kitwe and suddenly the car ground to a halt. I got out to take a look and the front wheel had err… come off? I’m not sure quite how to describe it – see the photos!

Needless to say, I was convinced I would need a tow truck to get back home, there was grease oozing out all over the place and it looked to me like a pretty major repair job would be needed. In Zambia, there’s no such thing as the AA. So what happens if you break IMG_0388down? You just sort of make a plan!

In this case, my plan was to phone a friend and ask him for advice. He didn’t really have any, except to agree that I was stuck! While I was still on the phone with him, some guys stopped on the road to come and chat (a white man broken down attracts quite a bit of attention). One of the guys seemed to think that his brother, who was a mechanic would be able to fix my car for a small fee. That may sound like an answer to prayer, but the sceptic in me was suspicious – when a white guy breaks down, suddenly everybody is a mechanic and can “fix” it… for a fee!

Anyway, having consulted my friend (who actually is a mechanic), we agreed that it was worth a try. To cut a long story short, within two hours I was back on the road, driving VERYIMG_0391 gingerly back home, where the car was properly taken apart and fixed.

Now, the car is back on the road and in some ways, better than it’s ever been!

Breaking down is one of my fears here, and it has happened a few times, but it has always worked out OK in the end. Things like this continue to test, and ultimately strengthen my faith in a heavenly Father who watches over me.