Hope Zambia's Founders
Damon and Lisa Matacchiera's life and ministry experience throughout their 20 years on the field has culminated in the formation of Hope Zambia International in mid 2018. This organization was setup to equip and train Christian leaders in Eastern Zambia. In addition to this, Hope Zambia is involved in a number of humanitarian aid projects that have impacted thousands of people in the village. Damon and Lisa are currently serving on the field with their six children.
Currently the Hope team is based in the Eastern Province and their efforts are focused in Chipata and the surrounding villages. As Hope Zambia grows, expedition trips will be launched into new unreached areas of the country where there's limited to no Gospel access!
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Up to now, our primary focus has been centered on establishing one, strong church that can act as a central post for Christian learning in our region of the village. The name of this church is Chiyembekezo Mpingo wa Baptist (CMB). From this location, we’re able to invest in the lives of men and women that we see and interact with on a regular basis. Everything we’ve done throughout the last several years has been to build up this singular body of believers. We’ve been intentional to establish ourselves within our community and to use opportunities as platforms to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Since October 2017, we’ve built a 3,500 ft2 church building, drilled 8 deep wells, installed 2 shallow wells, assisted over 350 women with our baby basket program, trained over 13 CMB men in our basic discipleship and are currently developing Chiyembekezo Farms to empower the people throughout times of hunger. All of this has been done in and around villages within a 2.5 mile radius of CMB. Like the old axiom says, “The light that shines the farthest, shines the brightest at home.” As our disciples mature and the work grows, they will be the ones to venture outside our current area of influence to other villages in need of the Gospel. With this same mindset, we’ve just begun laying the groundwork for a similar model in the city of Chipata.
Damon's story in Zambia began on a missions trip in August, 1999. The result of those two, amazing weeks led his father to return with his family as full time missionaries one year later. He had just turned 18 years old and looked at this as an incredible opportunity, knowing years earlier that this carrier-field was where God was leading him in his own life. When he returned on his first furlough, he married Lisa and their adventure began! Together, they've traveled the USA, helped establish a ministry in the Copperbelt and then moved their base to Chipata, Eastern Zambia in mid 2011, all while raising their six, beautiful children.
Chipata is a strategic area for many reasons. Because it’s a border city that’s within a ten minute drive from Malawi and is equally as close to Mozambique, this city is an up and coming center of commerce. Chipata's name comes from the Chewa word "Chimpata" meaning "large space," in reference to the town's placement between several hills. Chipata is the 5th developed City in Zambia, behind Lusaka, Ndola, Kitwe and Livingstone. Its population is estimated around 450,000 and is the capital of the Eastern Province. This area is also known as the “Gateway of Islam” into Zambia and has a large population of Indian Muslims that control much of the city’s business and trade. The growth of this religion is easily seen with the many mosques and Islamic schools throughout the city.
Our work in the village is positioned in Chief M’nukwa’s kingdom and is located 35 miles north of Chipata. There’s literally hundreds of villages scattered around with a estimated population of 30,000 people in this one tribal area. Life in the bush is characterized by tradition and the old ways. The overwhelming presence of witchcraft that’s embedded in their culture has hindered the advancement of education, development and a general knowledge of God and His ways. There is a great need in this area for more missionaries as we expand in the outlying villages.
Why is Hope Zambia involved in small scale relief aid and humanitarian projects? Should a missionary even participate in such work? And if so, how can we prioritize the Gospel if we’re also involved in helping meet some of people’s most basic physical needs? These are all great questions that we wanted to take a moment to answer.
First let me point out that Hope Zambia’s #1 priority in our mission statement is the preaching of the Gospel and the training of national men and women. Our purpose in everything we do is to equip and empower the local church here and to assist in the starting of more churches in unreached areas. The majority of our time and effort revolves around this.
That said, as funds allow, our organization is also involved in projects that center on clean water and food security. These are two ongoing issues across the continent where we live. 319 million people  don’t have access to clean water in Sub-Saharan Africa, and we see how that figure translates into real life  while traveling throughout the villages in Zambia’s Eastern Province. People need water to live but it also plays a huge role in cleanliness and sanitation. 50% of childhood malnutrition is associated with repeated diarrhea and intestinal infections.  This is a direct result from the lack of water, affecting 35% of all deaths of children under five.  We see the places where some people get water to drink, places with major surface contamination.  I know it’s common to hear facts like this but they seem to become more real when you personally bury young children even when your best efforts are not enough. In addition to this, food security is another real issue. When 1 out of 4 people lack the food they need to survive, it’s hard for them to hear your message of God’s love. 
Every project we do fits into our main mission statement in that they’re all used as a platform to preach the Gospel! When we drill a well, the whole village gathers as we preach about the Water of Life! Often we start Bible studies in the same villages as we build relationships with the people. To illustrate this, let me tell you a story that just happened recently.
There’s a neighboring chiefdom that we’ve been in talks with for over a year. The chief himself invited us a while back to come and setup a church but there’s a lot of planning and logistics when it comes to organizing, acquiring land, and getting the support of the local community. So all of this takes time. In the process, there’s always those who come in with their own agenda and for whatever reason don’t want us in their area. The chief was proposing to his ndunas (special advisors) his desire to give us 10 acres of prime real-estate for free! But there was one guy that didn’t exactly like this idea and objected. However, we didn’t need to defend our position because one by one, several headman that we had previously helped with wells stood up and spoke on our behalf. We were deemed as people of good character that could be trusted because of the few community works that we’ve been involved in. Our projects were the very thing that had won over these key village leaders and in this case, was the door that allowed us to enter a new kingdom for ministry.
We must be intentional with everything we do. From straightforward ministry events to special projects, both are used as a way to help further the reach of the Gospel. This has and always will be our main focus at Hope Zambia. Remember the words of Jesus as he spoke of giving food to those with hunger and water to those in thirst when he said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matt.25:40)
. – World Health Organization “Key Facts from 2015 JMP Report” Available from: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/JMP-2015-keyfacts-en-rev.pdf?ua=1
 – World Health Organization “Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach MDG target and universal coverage” Available from: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/2012/globalcosts.pdf
 – World Health Organization “WHO in the African Region” Available from: http://www.afro.who.int/en/clusters-a-programmes/hpr/protection-of-the-human-environment/programme-components/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=24&Itemid=122“
 – WHO/UNICEF. “Diarrhoea: Why children are still dying and what can be done.” 2009. available at http://www.unicef.org/health/index_51412.html.
 – WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation “2015 Report and MDG Assessment” Available from: http://www.wssinfo.org/
 – Population Reference Bureau – Washington, DC. https://www.prb.org/population-food-security-factsheet/
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The Bible is the Final Authority
We believe that all scripture is given by inspiration of God (2 Tim. 3:16) and that God has promised to preserve His pure words (Ps. 12:6-7). We believe that the Bible is the inspired and preserved words of God and is therefore the supreme, inerrant, infallible, and final authority in all matters of faith, creeds, and conduct. Hope Zambia exclusively uses the KJV when ministering in the English language.
Salvation Comes by Grace Through Faith
We believe that salvation is a free gift of God (Eph. 2:8,9) offered to men by His grace and attained by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It requires neither culture, character, religion, nor good works to receive it or secure it and is offered to allmankind. We believe every born again child of God is eternally secure in Christ with a forever sealed salvation (Eph. 1:13). Salvation will be evident through the fruit of repentance, faith, and newness of life (2 Cor. 5:17).
We believe that there is only one living and true God (1 Tim. 2:5). He is an infinite, intelligent Person, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth (Deut. 4:39). In the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption (1Jn. 5:7).
We believe that Jesus Christ is God (Jn. 1:1-3), He was born of a virgin (Is. 7:14), He was God manifest in the flesh (1Tim. 3:16), He lived a sinless life (Heb. 4:15), He laid down His life on the cross for our sins (Rom. 5:8), He arose bodily the third day (1Cor. 15:4), He ascended back to Heaven (Acts 1:9), He sits glorified at the right hand of the Father (Heb. 1:13), He is the Head of the Church (Col. 1:18), and He is coming again (Titus 2:13), and He is the only way to Heaven (Jn. 14:6).
The Local Church
We believe the local church to be a body of believers who come together in obedience to Christ to carry out the dictates of the New Testament (Mt. 28:19, 20). The local church should be self-governing and independent from any interference of hierarchy, individuals, and organizations. Believers should assemble together locally in order to be edified in the word of God and to serve the Lord (Acts 11:23-26). The proper order for the local church is laid out especially in the Pastoral Epistles (1Tim. 3:15).
The Body of Christ
We believe that every believer in the Church Age is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the spiritual body of Christ upon salvation (1Cor. 12:13). We believe that the body of Christ was a great mystery that was hid from past ages until it was first revealed by Christ through the apostle Paul (Eph. 3:1-12). There is only one body (Eph. 4:4) of which Christ is the Head (Eph. 1:22-23). The body of Christ (the church) is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again Christians.
We believe in following the Biblical pattern of baptism. Water baptism is only for those who have first believed in Jesus (Acts 8:37). It is full immersion into water symbolizing and identifying with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (Mt. 3:16). Baptism will also identify you with the local church. It is obedience to the Lord’s command (Mt. 28:19). Water baptism can in no wise impute grace or forgiveness of sins (1Cor. 1:17 & Rom. 4:24).
The Lord's Supper
We believe the Lord’s Supper (“Communion”) to be a remembrance of what Christ did for us. The unleavened bread and fruit of the vine symbolize His body and blood. This special time of self-examination and appreciation allows us to not only look back, but also ahead to His coming (1Cor. 11:23-34). The elements in no way, shape, or form become supernatural, but are only symbolic.
We believe that the command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable (Mt. 28:19,20). It is the church’s clear responsibility to carry out this commission by sending forth those whom God has called. The equipping and supply of these missionaries is the sole duty of the church.
We believe that Christ is coming secretly before the tribulation period for the members of His body. The dead in Christ will rise first and those that are alive will be “caught up” to meet Christ in the air (1Thes. 4:13-18). The blessed hope (Titus 2:13) of the body of Christ is distinct from the Second Coming of Christ back to the earth in judgment at the end of the tribulation period in order to set up His righteous kingdom (Rev. 19:11-16).