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Zambia is rejoicing after a recent Christian outreach program resulted in thousands embracing and even converting to Christianity.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) coordinated the program known as My Hope.
It involved at least 60,000 believers who were encouraged to unite friends and family for prayer and ultimately to learn the word of God.
Thousands of believers gathered in various locations throughout the nation to watched a 30-minute video.
Each video featured gospel music and an uplifting message from either Billy Graham himself, or Franklin Graham.
Sources say almost 6,000 churches helped by broadcasting the videos for all to watch.
Although Billy Graham was unable to attend due to recent health woes, sources say the impact so far has been astounding.
According to myhopezambia.org, "thousands of Zambians have made decisions to follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord."
Many of the participating churches witnessed a significant increase in new members during the My Hope united prayer event.
It was reported that Lusaka's St. Stephen Anglican Church gained 70 new members, many who chose to convert to Christianity.
Others who chose to embrace Christianity include 11 people from the town of Luanshya, 22 children from Kitwe, 45 people from Chipembele village and 60 people from Chibombo village.
Although Zambia is a predominantly Christian nation, the number of new Christians has left many rejoicing and giving thanks to BGEA for teaching believers how to spread the word of God and educate others.
Sources say many non-Christian Zambians are often fearful of other religions because they lack the resources to properly understand them as a whole.
With revolutionary events like My Hope, the nation is able to overcome such problems, according to Bishop Stanley Simunyola, who was part of the My Hope committee.
“People were given easy-to-use tools and shown practical ways to witness, they learned how to confidently and boldly share the Bread of Life with somebody else,” Simunyola said.
He continued to praise My Hope and explained that Jesus, "is not to be enjoyed by me alone, but this Bread of Life is for sharing.”