Answering God’s Call to Zulu’s Ministry in Rural Zambia

by Jerri Whetstone

“Ok God, I am a 40-something year old housewife from Kansas.
How can I be of any help to people half way around the world?”
Those were my thoughts 20 years ago. Boy, did God have some answers for me!

thought it would be a fun and educational experience for our three children. Less than an hour into the boys’ stay I found there were some serious problems

with the organization that had brought them to the United States. I decided to dig in and see if I could help. That scenario introduced me to J. Zulu from Lusaka, Zambia and quickly thereafter, resulted in his calling to the ministry and my calling to international missions.
Today, Zulu leads the Mountain of Fire Church and Ministries which includes five churches, two schools, and an orphanage which together serve over 400 people in rural Zambia communities. Zulu recently joined Heartland International Ministries as a PALS where he will be able to receive support to assist in operation of the orphanage and schools. Formerly a house painter, Zulu answered God’s call to the ministry and planted his first church in early 2001.
Recognizing the need for an affordable answer to the expensive government run schools in Lusaka, Zulu started a one room school which now serves 60 children. In the following years Zulu has planted numerous other churches and outreach ministries with a focus on services to widows and young people from broken families. The ministry opened an orphanage earlier this year. They currently serve 12 young girls.
Over the past 20 years I have developed a deep sense of partnership with Zulu as we have watched God bless and grow the ministry. I have been able to visit on 3 occasions and have even taken my daughter, husband and several others along as well! I didn’t have an interest in foreign missions 20 years ago and certainly never dreamed I would be called into action to serve. I am glad that I answered God’s call to be a part of the work only He is capable of doing in Zambia. Are you listening for your call?

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from Heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.’


  1. Cheryl Potter on November 9, 2021 at 12:50 am

    May God keep blessing you and His ministry. Thank you for your work over there. Please be safe in Zambia.

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