Population: 15 million (2015)
Official language: English
Major religion: Christianity
IFES movement name: Zambia Fellowship of Evangelical Students (ZAFES)
Located in south-central Africa, Zambia is the continent's biggest copper producer and a peaceful nation. It was declared a Christian country in 1991, with full religious freedom for all faiths. Some 86% of the population calls themselves Christians; Muslims and Hindus form a minority (1%).
- about 65 tertiary institutions; 75 IFES groups
- 5 full-time staff, 10 part-time and 2 volunteers
- graduates’ and high school ministry, about 150 members
- largest group at City University College (250 members)
- smallest group in Lusaka (between 5 and 10 members)
ZAFES has functioned without a General Secretary for just over ten years. During that time, the movement has been kept going by committed staff, volunteers and associates who are passionate to see lives being transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. ZAFES praises God that after 40 years of being spurned by the college authorities, groups have recently started in the Western province.
One of the greatest challenges of the movement is the very high turnover of workers in the last ten years. This results in a certain instability in the structure of the movement and a lack of continuity. To confront this issue, ZAFES seeks to encourage and motivate staff to commit to serve the movement for a longer period of time.
View from the Inside
Naomi Mbewe, the new General Secretary, writes, ‘I have always had a passion for student ministry. I benefited so much from ZAFES when I was a student and would like to contribute something to the movement. Maybe my children will benefit from it! I also have a strong desire to connect and impact youths so that they can become good and responsible leaders of our church and society.’
Romans 10: 14-15 inspires Naomi’s vision, ‘How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?’
- for more people to join the staff team;
- for more associates to get involved in campus visitation;
- for all stakeholders to maximise their support for the movement
- for God's wisdom over all decision makers in the movement.