Christmas in Zambia is much different than in the United States. While the country was once occupied by the British and has been influenced by Christianity, the continent of Africa still remains tribal, and many of the people who live in African countries, including Zambia, live in poverty.
There are some churches that have nativity plays, and many participate in Christmas carols. There are some Christmas decorations, such as Christmas Trees and various ornaments. Also, it is not uncommon to see a Santa Claus sighting.
Christmas presents due to poverty are not shared by everyone, and some churches choose to donate presents to the less fortunate.
The holiday is spent with family as they get together to enjoy a meal.
The Growing Church In Zambia
The United States enjoys unprecedented wealth and does not understand the poverty in other countries. While there are some churches in the United States that do support missions to other countries, it is encouraging to see what God is doing in other countries and how believers are growing in the Lord.
The church in Zambia is growing. With the growth of the church, there may be larger celebrations of Christmas, but that is not what is important.
Pastor Voddie Baucham has helped found the African Christian University in an attempt to not only spread the gospel of Jesus but to usher in a school that can teach sound doctrine and train the next generation of spiritual leaders in Zambia.
So, the future in Zambia is exciting, and I cannot wait to see what God does in the country.