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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Southern Baptists Convert President of Zambia


Southern Baptist missionaries and the International Mission Board (IMB) reported on March 23, 2005 that they had successfully converted the President of Zambia, Levy Mwanawasa, to Christianity.

American Baptist missionaries have aggressively attempted to convert the impoverished nation of 10 million to Christianity. Last year alone, 116 Baptist churches were started, bringing the total number of churches to 985 -- plus 124 mission congregations.

Franklin Kilpatrick, missionary in Zambia for 35 years, led the effort to convert the president. "The impact is not just in Zambia; this could have an impact on an international level," said Kilpatrick, who is temporarily on U.S. assignment.

"He could impact a lot of leaders. He is in a position of influence, and people need encouragement."

"I shared with him that we had been praying for him after he came into office, that Zambia would have a leader who had Jesus as his Lord," said Troy Lewis, a Southern Baptist missionary. "And in him coming to Christ and being baptized, God had answered our prayers."


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