My name is Wafuka K. Kapolesa a Zambian citizen, married to Lily with whom we have three children, a daughter Lyethi, born on 3rd October 2006, and two sons, Vwana born on 12th May 2009 and Hwa-Pyeong on 30th December 2011.
I have been a minister with the Assemblies of God since 2002 and was ordained in 2010 in Swaziland by the International Ministries Assemblies of God.
I’ve been a born again Christian for 19 years, I gave my life to Christ in 1995. Before then I still considered myself Christian because we went to church once in a while, especially on special occasions like Christmas and Easter.
I did both my primary and secondary school education in Zambia, thereafter studied software applications and information technology systems from City & Guilds.
In July 1999 I migrated to Swaziland to consider new business opportunities; little did I know then that, that was the Lord’s way of separating me for preparation for His high calling and service in ministry?
I Joined the Lighthouse, Challenge Ministries Swaziland in March 2001 as a part-time volunteer worker whilst still operating an electronics and computer business in partnership with my uncle, in Mbabane Capital city of Swaziland.
In January 2002 after much time in prayers, I resigned from my secular job/business and came into fulltime ministry, still at the Teen Challenge male Residential Rehabilitation/Discipleship centre, for youths struggling with drug addiction and other life controlling problems.
My first responsibility in Teen Challenge was facilitating Biblical study courses, “Teen Challenge Group studies for New Christians” and counseling the students.
In the same year 2002, I was asked to take over the daily operations of the office and before the end of the year pastor Kevin Ward trusted me with the responsibility to manage the male rehabilitation program.
I first met Lily, my wife, in December 2002 when she visited Swaziland from Durban, South Africa, where she was attending English Language lessons, in preparation for missions.
Lily is a missionary from South Korea, Shalom Mission Church. She has lived in Africa since 2002.
In January 2004 Lily moved from South Africa to Swaziland to join Teen Challenge on staff. Our relationship carried on through 2004. In 2005 after visiting my family in Zambia and then Lily’s in South Korea, we got married on 1st October.
In December 2007 we were transferred from the TC rehab Centre in Mbabane to Bulembu, to open up a new Teen Challenge centre for students completing the rehab program and to oversee operations of the Teen Challenge Biblical & Life Skills program, which had been started earlier that year.
One year later, in December 2008 we were asked to move and lead the ministry at Hawane Lighthouse care centre. The ministry at Hawane included the Teen Challenge Biblical and life skills training centre, orphan care homes, a local church and a community outreach program which we termed ‘In Community by Community’ (ICBC).
We served in this capacity until August 2011, when we were released with the blessings of our Executive Director and Pastor, Kevin Ward to move back to Zambia, my home country, to start a Teen Challenge Ministry.
Soon after returning to Zambia we trained potential Teen Challenge Staff in November 2011 and in February 2012 we opened the first ever Teen Challenge residential program in Zambia. By God’s grace the Teen Challenge program is growing and giving hope to many youths who were bound in drug addiction.
This year 2014, following in the footsteps of Challenge ministries Swaziland, we started the “In Community By Community” ministry (ICBC) with the help of our friends and partners from Christian life Centre Church in Ohio and Rob & Jennifer Taylor, missionaries from Washington USA.
At the start of 2015, we hope to get an ICBC Church, pastor’s house, preschool and visitors cottages up and ready for operations. And we know with God, it is possible.