Disciples of Christ live between two cultures–this world and the next. As missionaries, we have joined the armada of evangelists Jesus commissioned to make disciples.
I am the husband of one wife, a student of two cultures, a follower of three Persons, a lover of Five Solas, and a father of eight children.
Two college trips to Ghana and Hudson Taylor’s two-volume biography wooed me toward missions. In 2006 I began living in a rural South African village where for the first two years I resided with the chief’s children and one of his wives. There was no running water but the close proximity to the people helped me learn the language and make disciples.
In 2007 while in Mozambique, the news of our crocodile attack reached the States–including the ears of a lovely RN and midwifery student at Vanderbilt University. We wed the next year.
We planted Trinity Baptist in the rural village of Mbhokota (Google Earth) where I preach and evangelize in Tsonga each week. We are spreading out to surrounding villages in hopes of establishing churches there as well. I am most commonly known as Mzamani Kubayi in the surrounding Hlanganani area.
We started Miseve Classical School to reach the community’s youth with a holistic Christian worldview. We also started GYM Boys’ Camp to teach biblical masculinity. We also started a website with Tsonga theological resources.
The greatest challenges we face in ministry are men leaving the village and the Prosperity Gospel. Several men who have graduated from our Bible Institute are now faithfully pastoring churches in the rural areas of Zimbabwe. Despite our failures, the Lord continues to fashion us into his image. Our dear teammates, the Meyers, are engaged in the same work among the Tsongas.
A general once said: “On land, I am a hero, but at sea I am a coward.” Likewise, in the US we are restless but in rural Africa we are invigorated. As the years go by, our love for Jesus and his word deepens.
Our family (pronounced SHLAY-line) lives about an hour’s drive from the borders of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana. We own a pack of German Shepherds, cheer for the Green Bay Packers, and read non-fiction by the pallet. I studied at Reformed Theological Seminary, The Master’s Seminary (DMin) and North-West University (PhD). I’ve also been published by Banner of Truth. Our family’s favorite authors include Thomas Watson, Doug Wilson, Thomas Sowell, John Frame and G.A. Henty.
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Thanks Pastor Schlehlein for sharing this exciting report.
It’s just amazing how and your wife have quickly adjusted to the Southern African lifestyle (in a positive sense) and its culture, just for the sake of spreading the gospel.
I believe this shows, not just the wonder of the goodness of God but His faithfulness. When we obey His commands as laid out in Matthew 28:19 – 20, He will be with us. Obviously, your report is evidence of the fact that our Lord has never leave neither has or will He forsake you, despite the challenges.
May God continue to richly bless, guide and keep you and your family. May you, Lindy and the eight children (that God blesses you wit) continue to experience His Jehovah Nissi and His Jehovah Jireh as the mission progresses and His disciples grow and develops spiritually.
I pray that the spiritual impact will ripple across all areas of Southern region and to other parts of Africa.
Blessings to you and family.