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Zambian Students Share Personal Testimonies During BPC Chapel

BPC Chapel Music
Don Wallace (left), Brewton-Parker’s Communication Professor, Karl Hay (center), Pastor of Mount Vernon First Baptist Church, and Dave Wallace (right), Interim Director of Development provide special music for chapel service on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Gideon Mwale

“I am fourteen years old in my personal relationship with Christ,” Gideon Mwale, a Zambian transfer student, proudly proclaimed to the chapel congregation.

Justin Siame

Justin Siame, another Zambian transfer student, also shared his testimony during the Sept. 10 chapel service. “The love of God,” he said, “Crushed my heart.” (Photos by Lauren Moye)

By Lauren Moye

BPC Staff Writer

MOUNT VERNON—Those in attendance of Brewton-Parker’s Sept. 10 chapel service were part of a special treat as two of BPC’s Zambian transfer students shared their personal salvation testimonies.  Dr. Don Wallace, BPC Communications Professor, Dave Wallace, BPC Interim Director of Development, and Karl Hay, Pastor of Mount Vernon First Baptist Church, joined together to lead worship.

Gideon Mwale started the testimony time by stating, “I am fourteen years old in my personal relationship with Christ.” Mwale grew up in a Christian home where the emphasis, in his earlier years, was on pleasing his father. Because of this, Mwale stated that he attended church to please his family but that the “Christian thing” never made sense to him.

When he got older, Mwale’s attendance slacked. He said, “My father noticed my lacking attendance and told me, “Whoever does not attend church will not eat food in this house.” Mwale then admitted his father’s correct word was shema, which was his favorite Zambian dish. “I would do anything for shema,” Mwale admitted, “So my focus changed from pleasing my father to attending church for the sake of food.”

It was during this time that God began to convict Mwale. He was at a sermon when the pastor quoted 1 John 5:12: “Whoever has the son has life.” He said that as the pastor preached, he made the comment that just because one is born in a hospital does not make them a doctor, or if they were born in a garage they are not a car. Neither did being born into a Christian family make somebody a Christian. As the man preached, he pointed his hand at various people. When he pointed at Mwale, the Zambian transfer student stated that it felt like the sermon was for him. He gave his life to Christ at that service, in 1999.

Justin Siame also shared his testimony. He started by saying, “Growing up I was a bad guy. In grades three, four, five, I fought a lot. I was disobedient to my parents. I used to fight a lot with my sisters.” Siame grew up with seven siblings, five boys and two girls. He stated that he knew his lifestyle was wrong and that he tried to find solutions to it but just couldn’t.

At some point, Siame attended a service based around John 3:16. At this service, they showed a film about Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. “The love of God crushed my heart,” Siame stated. Even though they gave an altar call, he did not go down. “I was confused,” He said, “I was still thinking about Christ.”

Later, during a different service based around John 3:16, Siame was convinced he needed Christ. After this point, Siame stated that God’s word changed him and he stopped fighting. His teachers noticed the change in him and asked him why he was suddenly a good kid. “What I came to realize,” he said, “Is that God has control over nature, of our bodies.”

After this point, God began to add a new conviction in Siame’s life. He said, “I had such a desire to share Christ and to teach others that I decided that I just needed to make my life about Christ.” He closed with, “If God wills, I will be a pastor in Zambia.”

Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college south of Macon and north of Jacksonville, FL. The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.

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The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application
of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
 
Brewton-Parker College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College.
 
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September 23, 2013 9:42 AM