Wednesday, August 09, 2006


ARMS OF GOD PROJECT


According to USAID, there are now over 1 million orphans in Zambia, due to the AIDS pandemic. A whole generation of children are growing up without one or both parents. In an effort to respond to this growing tragedy, and through the partnership of stateside (US) based churches, we have been able to aquire over 500 acres of rich farm land, that is now the site of the Arms of God farm project. Even though this site is in a very remote and rural area, a recent survey found that within a 12 mile radius there were over 400 orphans; 65% of them were not attending school, and more than 50% were significantly malnourished. The concept behind this endeavor is to build group homes that will host a small number of children (8-10), who will be cared for by live-in house parents. The farm will be used to grow crops (up to two harvests a year!) that will then be sold at market. The income from the crops will support the project. Ultimately, the project will become completely self-sufficient and will not be dependant on any outside support. Currently, two buildings have been put up on the property and more recently electricity has been run to the site. A property manager who has a background in agriculture has been hired to oversee the property. Rev. Nancy Clark oversees this project from the missions side.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

On May 3, 2006 Jerry became a licensed minister of the Pennsylvania/Deleware District Council of the Assemblies of God during ceremonies at Christian Life Assembly in Camp Hill, PA. Pictured here with fellow Teen Challenge Graduate and new minister, Rev. Jess Bousa.

What an amazing God we have that takes our broken and shattered lives and not only picks up the pieces, but creates something entirely new out of those pieces. He is not only God who heals and restores, but he is God who creates! And when we begin to lose ourselves in Him, what an amazing thing he does with us there! - Rev. Jerry Ireland.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Zambia is a nation of almost 11 million people and almost all of them have seen more than their fair share of suffering. The nation has been ravished by the AIDS pandemic and poverty is a reality for 80-90% of its citizens. The HIV infection rate is as much as 25% of the population in some age groups.

"I'ts very hard to find a family in Zambia that hasn't been personally touched. It's very hard to find a child that hasn't seen or witnessed a death related to HIV/AIDS. The extended family in the community structure, they've really broken under the weight of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and poverty, and when the burden becomes too great, families are unable to cope anymore, and so we're seeing tremendous numbers of orphans and children who are no longer able to be cared for by their extended family." - Stella Goings, UNICEF


While to some, Zambia ( and Africa for that matter), may seem like a lost cause, we know that we serve a God who specializes in lost causes. And any lasting change that is going to come in Zambia is going to come through Jesus Chirst. Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life! He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die!" (John 11:25-26). Zambia's present help and her future hope is in the Person of Jesus - and in Him alone! A lasting solution will come from nowhere else. And that is why we endeavor to assist in the building and strengthening of the national church in Zambia. Zambia doesn't need religion! One can hardly drive 40km on any of Zambia's roads without passing a Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall. Islamic organizations are engaged in massive recruitment efforst all accross Africa, offering free medical care and education at their universities to those who would join their ranks. And the frightening truth is that desperate people will turn to anything for help in desperate times. That is why we must labor dillegently to help build God's church in Zambia. We are praying for a great Pentecostal revival in this nation and we envision a day when there is a Spirit filled church in every village and community!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Greetings to all of our family and friends! We will be using this blog as a means of keeping you all up to date on our return to Zambia, which is currently scheduled for May 2007.