The Kabansa Training Program was initiated as a result of a Kabansa reconnaissance conducted by two FARM STEW Trainers and two Volunteers in August 2022. The program aimed to address the challenges faced by the isolated village of Kabansa, which has a population of approximately 3000 people spread across smaller villages. The geographical difficulty of accessing this area makes it challenging to provide essential services. The isolation has led to social and economic issues, which were highlighted in the reconnaissance report that collected baseline data. The report served as the foundation for planning and executing the Kabansa Training Program.
The training program, which spanned four weeks, was designed to achieve several objectives: training potential FARM STEW Planters, fostering the formation of FARM STEW Communities, providing basic medical care to the community due to the lack of a government clinic, and initiating an Evangelism Program to establish a Sabbath School Branch and a Church.
Led by Trainer Daniel Lungu and Volunteer Ephron Chibuye, the program started on a positive note with a substantial turnout of trainees. The participants included key village figures such as the village Headman, Headwoman, village development leader, village midwife, and a Church Elder, along with other villagers. The trainees were enthusiastic and ready to engage; identifying areas in their own homes that needed improvement. Remarkably, some participants who were unable to read still managed to retain and effectively teach the information learned during the training sessions. This emphasized the significance of nurturing and building upon the foundation of knowledge.
The importance of thorough nurturing and guidance was underscored to ensure the long-term success of the program. The need for continued support after establishing a new church was emphasized, as members might revert to their old faith if not consistently nurtured. Planting the seeds of truth and providing ongoing support were deemed crucial for achieving sustained spiritual and community development.
As the training progressed, the trainees were assigned the task of inviting community members to attend the program. The trainees successfully invited a significant number of individuals, and their self-confidence and effectiveness in leading sessions were noted by Trainer Daniel Lungu. The program’s approach was introduced as an integration of Biblical wisdom and sound science aimed at addressing issues like hunger, poverty, and disease. The involvement of a community member from the Jehovah’s Witnesses quoting from the Bible during a presentation on temperance demonstrated the collaborative and multi-faith approach of the program.
Throughout the following weeks, the training continued, and it became evident that there was a hunger for spiritual growth among the participants. Numerous Bible-related questions arose, indicating the desire for both practical and spiritual knowledge. The training team invested time in nurturing this spiritual thirst, conducting Bible studies with various religious groups, including a Sabbath keeping Bible Study with the Baptist Church leadership and discussions with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.