Washington Adventist University Students Win 331 to Christ in Zambia
During a two-week trip to Lusaka, Zambia, students from Washington Adventist University (WAU) in Takoma Park, Md., joined local church leaders and preached at 11 different locations every evening with one theme: “Searching the Scriptures.” Throughout this evangelistic crusade, more than 6,000 people faithfully attended the meetings every night. At the culmination of the meetings, 331 people were baptized.
“We thank you for coming with your mature, spiritual and understanding students,” said Pastor Maxwell Muvwimi, president of the Central Zambia Conference. “We love your people and you are welcome to come again.”
Not only were many people won to Christ, but the students’ lives were changed. Juliana Baioni, a WAU senior majoring in music performance and religion, felt that the mission trip had a great impact on her life. “I had a wonderful privilege,” said Baioni. “It changed my life. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to preach, but God can do anything.”
Baraka Muganda, vice president for Ministry, organized the trip and noted a marked change in the students. “I felt the students were empowered by leading out in evangelism,” he said. “This experience made a difference in the lives of the students who were there and the people of Zambia. I saw them praying everyday and reading the Bible more than before. At the end, I saw our young people own their faith. They were proud to be talking about their faith. This is the result of young people being active in the church.”
In addition to preaching, students visited orphanages and distributed clothing. They also brought Vacation Bible School materials for local churches.
Pictured above: Juliana Baioni, a WAU senior majoring in music performance and religion, spends time with Zambian children.