Eight months ago, I visited the International Bible College of Zambia to teach a 2-week intensive on Youth Discipleship. On my first day, I walked into the classroom, greeted the students, and went to work setting up my equipment – powering up my laptop, switching on and lining up the projector, connecting speakers, and so forth. Within a few seconds, a young man was out of his chair and helping me. He did this willingly and joyfully every day I taught that class. Servant leadership and humility were constantly demonstrated by him throughout those two weeks.
From an academic perspective, he is one of our brightest and highest-performing students. In every class discussion, he had thought-provoking comments that challenged his classmates – and me, as well – to think on a new level.
That is Gideon Mwale.
Born to a Gospelink-sponsored national preacher (Abel Mwale) and a godly mother, Gideon had the benefit of being raised in a solid Christian family. From an early age, Gideon knew the truth of the Gospel. For years, though, that knowledge sat in his mind and had no affect on his life. One night, the Holy Spirit stirred his heart and caused him to realize the gravity of his sin. The next day, Gideon sought out a Godly man, who explained to him what he needed to do for salvation. From that day forward, Gideon had a peace and joy that he’d never before experienced. He pursued Christian community and had a deep desire to grow in Christ.
Today, he is 10 weeks from graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology. After graduation, Lord willing, he’ll come to the states to pursue a masters degree from Columbia International University. Pray with us for Gideon! This transition to America and to a masters program will not be an easy one. Pray that he’ll be used to do great things in Jesus’ name!