Twelve year-old Pastor!

The following report is from Weston Chewe a Zambian man who, with his wife Elizabeth, were impacted as Gareth & Sandra Duffty ministered at a conference there. This field report shows how God is using children to impact our world.

Elijah Chewe, our son who is 12 years old, started saying that he would be a pastor at the age of six and he has consistently maintained this position. He got born again on 25th December 2006 after he dreamt about Judgment day and was supposed to be cast in the lake of fire in that dream. He says God told him in the dream that he had not accepted Christ as his saviour. He woke up trembling and gave his life to Christ that night!

This year in June he preached to about 500 pupils during the school careers day activities. They call him "pastor" at school. He has been telling me for the past ten months to take him to a TV station as kid "Pastor" Elijah so that he can preach to his age group on TV. So I took him to the TV station and I was amazed at the open doors that were waiting for him. The Director of programmes immediately put him on the next day's kids' breakfast show to preach a 5 minute sermon live without even rehearsing. So on Saturday (09/08/2008), he preached his first sermon entitled "Vision," live on TV. He was featured as "Pastor" Elijah, the kid "pastor". He had three points in his sermon:

  1. Vision gives direction
  2. Vision brings success
  3. Vision improves your faith.

The TV station was impressed with him and they have indicated that they will be featuring him every month. I have been repenting in my heart for not taking Elijah's request seriously about his "TV ministry" in the past ten months. I should admit that I did not really think that he will have such kind of favour with the TV station. Elijah has amazed us with his faith that as we relocate to South Africa, he believes God will open doors for him there so he will continue impacting his age group with the gospel. Elijah has become a big encouragement even to us as his parents when it comes to believing God for the "impossible". We are thankful to God!

Elijah preached his second live TV sermon on Saturday (16/08/2008) though my wife and I missed him because we were on a plane to South Africa. We have been told that he did far better than his first TV sermon. We are thankful to God for him!

Yesterday he rang to tell us how the Lord has miraculously provided a cell phone he has been believing for. Someone watching the TV programme was impressed and donated a cell phone to him so that he can be providing Godly counsel to his age group!