Pillar of Legacy was founded by Daniel and Amber Lefiyele to bring the Word of Christ and sustainable change to a people who hunger for both. They both have worked in mission fields around the world, and now, with their children, are ministering daily to the people of Chisuma Village.

Where We Serve

CHISUMA VILLAGE
Chisuma Village is an area of approximately 1200 square miles, broken into three districts. The people living there are scattered throughout the area in small clusters of homes.

No census has been taken. Population estimates vary widely. The village center is estimated to have over two thousand people. The area as a whole may have as many as thirty thousand people. No one can estimate the number of female, single parent households (widowed or unmarried) nor the number of orphans. When asked about this, officials only answer, “a lot.”

The village is governed by the Chief and the village Council. They perform all legislative, administrative, law enforcement, and judicial duties for the village. The Sabhuku, secretary of the council, is the record keeper and the landgiver. Pillar of Legacy was granted land for a mission center in 2013, two years after they began to work with the villagers.

The village center has electricity available to some structures. However, the service is intermittent and unreliable. Most villagers have no electricity available. There is no easily accessible, clean water. The entire area is serviced by too few boreholes (wells) and a seep. The seep is located near the village center. It is slow filling. Once the water is depleted, they must wait for the water to seep into it again so they may use it. Animals graze nearby and surface runoff during the rainy season can contaminate the water. The boreholes are a distance away. Some villagers must walk 10-15 kilometers to get water from these sources.

The village has a small medical clinic. However, it is not staffed. Practitioners from Victoria Falls come irregularly. There are few medical supplies and medicines. One of the largest health problems in the community is HIV/AIDS. The diagnosis of HIV can cause a family to be ostracized, so it is hidden. This hiding, coupled with the social practices of infidelity and prostitution, contribute to the further spread of AIDS. In addition, rainy season brings malaria and other water-borne diseases.

A small elementary school in the village center provides education equivalent to our grades 1- 7. This school has good teachers but materials are in short supply. The school is not free. Parents must pay for their children’s education. Many go to school only long enough to learn to read and write. There is no secondary school in Chisuma. If parents can afford to send their children to secondary school, they must walk several miles to attend, often leaving early in the morning and arriving home late at night.

The people of Chisuma welcomed Pillar of Legacy and have shown an interest in the programs we have initiated. Most want to work and provide for themselves. They are willing to participate in projects if they can see the personal benefit. They want to hope for a better future but many struggle with a sense of hopelessness. They throw up their hands and declare, “This is Africa.” Culturally, they are untrusting. Bribes are a normal part of doing business with authorities. There is very little employment within the village. Men will often go to the cities to find work, some simply abandoning their families and leaving them destitute. Widows and orphans are marginalized. Some young widows will resort to prostitution to support their children. They desperately need ways to feed their families and to support themselves.

Agriculturally, the soil is full of rocks and some clay. It could be worked to produce food with attention to conditioning the soil and removing rocks from the planting space. The water table is deep, but it would be possible to irrigate if the region had more wells. The climate makes growing year around possible. The traditional greens which are grown in the area are a staple, but do not provide all the nutrition needed.

Goals

1. The people will develop a personal relationship with Christ which will govern their lives. This relationship will affect their hope for the future and their understanding of life purpose. It will improve their view of self and their world. It will change the choices they make. It will change how they interact with each other. Achievement of this goal will be evidenced by a change in character which rejects the acts of sinful nature and embraces the fruit of the spirit as identified in Galatians 5:19-23.

2. The people will learn skills and knowledge they need to provide basic necessities such as clean water, sustainable food sources and healthful practices

3. Villagers will form cooperatives with other villagers to develop small business opportunities and to support one another in times of need. They will learn business skills based on Christian principles.

4. Orphans will be assisted in finding financial resources to pay for their education. Older orphans will learn skills necessary to provide for themselves.

 

Our Missionaries

Daniel LufiyeleDaniel was raised in Zimbabwe. He studied through Dikaia School of Theology in Cape Town, South Africa. He also studied and served as a missionary for thirteen years with Youth With A Mission. He pastored a church for two years in Idaho, USA. Daniel, having a heart to take the word to nations that restricted the spreading of the Good News, ventured outside of secure Christian circles. He worked as a missionary in China for five years. Daniel is very sensitive to the needs of others, with insightful Biblical knowledge, and he believes strongly in the concept of ‘Disciple to Disciple others.’He continues his journey, impacting the world near and far, one person at a time.

 

 

 

Amber LufiyeleAmber was raised in Georgia, USA. She attended Harding University for 2 years and obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Georgia State University in 2004. She has volunteered with Gwinnett County Child Abuse Prevention Alliance. She also taught children of divorced parents for Parenting Plus, Inc. As a college student, Amber worked with the Inner City Ministry in an effort to bring hope to the impoverished of Little Rock, Arkansas. She worked as a missionary in Prague, Czech Republic in 1999. Amber has always had a heart to for international missions and is excited to see God leading her to Africa.

 

 

 

 

Our Board of Directors

Al Bingham (Chairman): Al is married to Becky Wildberger Bingham and they have one son (David). Al is an executive actuary in the health care industry; with over 30 years’ experience in senior actuarial and leadership roles. He brings financial, problem solving, healthcare financing and financial forecasting expertise. He has served on two not-for-profit boards. He is a Trustee and former Board Chair for Members of Churches of Christ for Scouting, a ministry that promotes servant leadership development and scouting as an outreach ministry. He also served on the board of a professional association. Al is an active member of North Atlanta Church of Christ, where he helps lead the youth sports outreach ministry.

Dennis Bass (Vice-Chairman): Dennis has been happily married for over 38 years and is the proud father of four children and three grandsons. He brings over 35 years of business management experience specializing in the area of materials and supply chain planning to the board team. He has always had a heart for Missions and is currently serving as a Deacon and Missions Board Chairman at Snellville Christian Church. As a member of the board, he is both honored and excited to see how God will use Pillar of Legacy to reach the people in Zimbabwe.

Linda Wright (Treasurer): Linda has always had a focus on families. Being married forty years with three children and five grandchildren, her own family is a top priority. In 1995, she established Parenting Plus, a non-profit which provided parenting classes and counseling in the Metro Atlanta area. Today she continues her focus on healthy family relationships through her psychotherapy practice. As a Christian, she has a heart for missions. Having been on mission trips, she has seen first hand the physical struggle for survival experienced by people in parts of the world. But she has also seen the hunger they have for God and a relationship with Him. She is committed to the work of Pillar of Legacy in providing both a way for families to thrive and a hope in God.

Bill Wright: Bill has a special interest in mission work. He has been to other countries teaching marriage seminars with his wife. Trained and certified as a relationship coach, he has much wisdom to offer our missionaries as they interact with the people and communities they serve. He specializes in family relationships and parenting. As a retired computer systems analyst, he will also be invaluable in keeping our communication systems working.

Mark Richardson: Mark is an ordained minister of the Word. He holds a Masters Degree in Christian Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Ministry. He has preached the Gospel for more than 35 years. The sone of a missionary, Mark spent seven years of his childhood on the mission field in Holland and has been on mission trips in several different countries. Married for thirty-three years, Mark and his wife have two sons and three grandchildren.

Rebecca Wildberger Bingham (Becky): Becky is the wife of Al Bingham and the mother of David Bingham. They live in Johns Creek, GA. She and Al became active members of North Atlanta Church of Christ in 1989, also working for a time with the Campus Church of Christ. They were involved in the church planting of Grace Chapel Church of Christ in Cumming, GA. She graduated from Lipscomb University with a degree in chemistry. Becky has a heart for children (especially teenagers) and children’s ministries, having served as a nursery worker, a nursery coordinator, a preschool teacher, a Sunday school teacher, and in the children’s drama ministry. She is a high school chemistry teacher at Northview High School in Fulton Country.

Patrick Ndlovu: Patrick is a bible teacher who is passionate about seeing believers gain a deeper understanding of the word of God. Patrick loves teaching and is passionate about careful exposition and rightly dividing the word of truth, to the end that believers may be edified and God may be glorified. He has a Diploma of Biblical Studies and is an economist by training. His research has been published in a number of academic journals, but his most exciting field of inquiry is seeking after the Lord; dwelling in His presence, beholding the beauty of the Lord and inquiring in his temple (Psalm 27:4)

Samuel Lufiyele: Sam trained as a missionary in Zimbabwe, Africa. He has been a pastor and a Church Planter in Zimbabwe. He worked with YWAM and has been a youth Pastor in England, then preached in the USA and worked with several organizations. At present he resides in Canada and is a pastor of a church. He feels God wants him to be a bridge between North America and Africa. He feels that he was called to be a missionary to his own People of Africa. As one of the board members for Pillar of Legacy, he feels blessed to be able to serve and reach Africa. It is such an honor to be part of a ministry that is reaching Zimbabwe specifically. He plans to coordinate short-term mission teams to Zimbabwe and introduce many to the work Pillar of Legacy is doing. He is excited to join hands together and see what mighty things the Lord will accomplish through this ministry.

Daniel Lufiyele: Daniel was raised in Zimbabwe. He studied through Dikaia School of Theology in Cape Town, South Africa. He also studied and served as a missionary for thirteen years with Youth With A Mission. He pastored a church for two years in Idaho, USA. Daniel, having a heart to take the word to nations that restricted the spreading of the Good News, ventured outside of secure Christian circles. He worked as a missionary in China for five years. Daniel is very sensitive to the needs of others, with insightful Biblical knowledge, and he believes strongly in the concept of, ‘Disciple to Disciple others.’ He continues his journey, impacting the world near and far, one person at a time.

Amber Lufiyele: Amber was raised in Georgia, USA. She attended Harding University for 2 years and obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Georgia State University in 2004. She has volunteered with Gwinnett County Child Abuse Prevention Alliance. She also taught children of divorced parents for Parenting Plus, Inc. As a college student, Amber worked with the Inner City Ministry in an effort to bring hope to the impoverished of Little Rock, Arkansas. She worked as a missionary in Prague, Czech Republic in 1999. Amber has always had a heart to for international missions and is excited to see God leading her in Africa.