Evan­ge­list tells of lat­est mis­sion trip to ru­ral Zim­babwe at CMA break­fast

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just spend­ing time in the word with the Lord.

“We prayed, ‘May you be my soul’s de­sire and only sat­is­fac­tion for the years left to me’. We took that to Zim­babwe with us,” Beadon said.

He said when John Chirenje had left a Pen­te­costal church some years ago, God had not al­lowed him to start his own church right away. In­stead, he worked with sev­eral de­nom­i­na­tions.

“Only about three years later, did the Lord al­low him to start his own church, King­dom of Christ As­sem­blies. It’s a church with­out walls, with­out its own doc­trine, other than the doc­trine of Christ,” Beadon said.

“A prob­lem in the church in Zim­babwe is that many pas­tors say the church is ‘their’ church – they’ve stolen the church from Christ.”

The Bead­ons took half a ton of books, Bi­bles, com­men­taries and de­vo­tional ma­te­ri­als to spread across seven con­gre­ga­tions of the King­dom of Christ in ru­ral Zim­babwe.

“We trav­elled more than 6,000km, 2,000 of that on dirt roads where you can’t travel at more than 20 to 30km/h. Not good roads for my lit­tle Re­nault – my car is held to­gether by Beadon laughed.

Of the com­mu­ni­ties they min­is­tered to, many had no elec­tric­ity or run­ning wa­ter, no ce­ment floors, no win­dows, no shelves and no cup­boards.

“We equipped dis­ci­ples and lead­ers to walk in the king­dom,” Beadon said.

“There is a spirit of re­li­gion in Zim­babwe – just as in South Africa. Churches be­come lit­tle em­pires, with their own TV pro­grammes.”

Beadon said there was also a spirit of plun­der in Zim­babwe. “Ev­ery­thing sold in the store, ev­ery of­fi­cial you have to deal with – the money goes to the po­lit­i­cal elites. That spirit of plun­der has in­vaded the church. It’s from the pit of hell. It’s a spirit that says, ‘I have to bribe my fa­ther to love me’.”

Beadon quoted John 13:34-35 – “A new com­mand I give you: Love one an­other. As I have loved you, so you must love one an­other. By this ev­ery­one will know that you are my dis­ci­ples, if you love one an­other.”

“The church is dis­obey­ing that in Zim­babwe as it is in many places around the world,” he said.

They took seven ba­sic teach­ings with them: First – God loves you, He has not for­got­ten you; Se­cond – you did not choose Je­sus – He chose you; Third – the king­dom is a king­dom of very dif­fer­ent laws and con­straints to the time/space con­tin­uum we live in, and we en­ter it through the obe­di­ence of faith; Fourth – jus­tice, right­eous­ness and peace for all in a na­tion de­pends on one thing only – the bless­ing of God; Fifth – three lead­er­ship ques­tions: are you fol­low­ing the Fa­ther’s pat­tern that caused Him to send His Son?, are you in line with the mis­sion pri­or­i­ties of Je­sus (the king­dom of God on earth, to seek and save the lost and de­stroy the works of the devil)?, are you grow­ing in the char­ac­ter of Christ?; Sixth – there are two kinds of churches: ei­ther a church that ex­ists to fol­low the three ques­tions or a church that be­comes its own king­dom.

The sev­enth teach­ing was the res­ur­rec­tion of Christ. “Wher­ever we went we preached the res­ur­rec­tion,” Beadon said.

“We had Zion­ist churches cel­e­brat­ing the Bi­ble, say­ing they had never un­der­stood it be­fore. We saw re­pen­tance. We saw ZCC peo­ple rip­ping off charms and bracelets.

“How can we be sat­is­fied with a nor­mal, com­fort­able western life when Je­sus of­fers us the king­dom?”

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