Hope through the Gospel
THE MISSION OF BCA IS TO PROVIDE HOPE for orphans and impoverished children through the gospel of Jesus Christ (James 1:27). We are committed to feeding, educating and helping to provide for the basic needs of the poor.
THE GOAL OF BCA IS TO TRANSFORM the lives of orphans and the poor through the preaching of the gospel (I Cor. 15:1-4). We are committed to implementing a rigorous Christian schooling program so that children will be equipped for their future vocations and a life in submission to the gospel (Deut. 6:4-9).
MATTHEW 28:18-20 TELLS US THAT we are to take the gospel to the nations. BCA partners with several churches to help them plant healthy churches for the children of BCA schools along with their families/caregivers in their communities. Paul in Ephesians 4 encourages spiritual growth among believers so that “as a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming.”
WE SEEK TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS with parents, caregivers, and community members in order to share the gospel. BCA exists to bring glory to God. Our heart is for whole communities to be transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul says in Romans, “God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance.” We want BCA to echo these words of Paul throughout Africa.
You can see our Statement of Faith here.
IN 2004 VICTOR CHIBANGULA WAS STUDYING for a Master of Divinity at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. There he met Martin Winslow in a Hebrew class. A friendship was born and Martin committed to supporting Victor's church planting ministry in Zambia. After graduation in 2005, Victor and his family traveled back to Zambia to plant healthy churches and Martin moved to West Plains, MO.
AFTER SEVERAL YEARS WITHOUT CONTACT, Martin e-mailed Victor sharing his heart for the poor and orphaned of Africa. Victor told Martin that his church had been praying for two years that God would move hearts in the United States to partner with him to enable this ministry.
AFTER MUCH PRAYER, THE LORD LED VICTOR to an impoverished area just outside Ndola called George Compound. It was there the ministry of Bethlehem Christian Academy began to bring the gospel and education to the people of Zambia in the George Compound.
The School & Education
ALL STUDENTS ATTENDING Bethlehem Christian Academy will receive a hot meal during their school day. This may be the only daily meal they eat as food is occasionally scarce certain times of year. A hot, filling meal is a strong incentive to be present for class. Additionally, hungry bellies contribute to distracted minds, therefore nourishing the body will lead to increased concentration and focus for the students. James 2:15-16 says, “If a brother or a sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?” By acknowledging and meeting a fundamental need in their lives, they will listen with attentive and more trusting ears to the gospel message presented consistently. A portion of each child’s sponsorship funds is designated for the cost of meals.
G.K. CHESTERSON ONCE SAID, “an open mind is like an open mouth, both are meant to close on something solid.” At Bethlehem (House of Bread), both the child's mind and mouth will close on something beneficial for life. One bread will nourish the soul, while the other nourishes the body. Jesus when tempted by the Devil said “man lives not by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Notice Jesus said, “not by bread alone…”
BOTH KINDS OF BREAD ARE CRITICAL for physical and spiritual survival. It isn’t enough to just feed in order to keep alive, but to feed so that one may learn of the bread that proceeds from the mouth of God. Jesus reminded us of the importance that education be found coming from godly mentors. Jesus said, “a student is not above his teacher, but when he has been fully trained, he will be like him.” Jesus words are critical to BCA founders.
U.S. Board of Directors
Martin Winslow (President)
Marty Crews (Vice President)
Kurt Wiehe (Secretary)
Mathew Zellars (Treasurer)
Director of Communications
Victor Chibangula - BCA Lubuto
Grace Chibangula - BCA Geroge
Zambian Director of Communications
Chipo Tendai Chalimba
Northwest African Leadership
Northwest Africa Missionary and Director
Mineral Area, MO Hub Team
Darrell and Terri Coulter
Brian and Sarah Dunlap
Seth and Amanda Durbin
Lee and Leslie Reneitz