This Report is written following the 3rd MIWC planning meetings held in Lusaka, Zambia over six days at the Justo Mwale Theological College in the Chamba Valley, Lusaka. These were God-given days for all of us in the Project. It was a turning point that refocused our vision and expanded the commitment of the people who came from twelve nations representing NA, the UK, Africa, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
We met on the campus of the Justo Mwali Seminary situated along a dusty, dirt road beside a growing community of homes most of us would consider substandard. We lived in small dormitories, each with desk and requisite candle for when the power went off. The dorms formed two sides of a courtyard in which we ate in the winter sun. On the third side stood the kitchen and showers, and on the other the Booth Center where we met.
Our time was spent divided between meetings and off site visits. We gathered from Australia, Kenya, Korea, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, North America, South Africa, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. The consultation was something none of us anticipated. God showed us things we would never have understood staying in our contexts and cultures. In creating opportunities to cross boundaries, allowing those of us from the West to be the minority needing to listen attentively, we heard God in unexpected ways about the challenge of mission in the globalizing, multi-narrative worlds of late modernity. To make sense of why we came to Africa we must go back to the beginning of the project.