Visit to Zambia

Visit to Zambia

 In October the URC Wessex Synod’s Link person with Zambia, the Revd Nigel Appleton, spent a week in Lusaka, including Sunday, 18th October, 2015, at St John’s Church, Mtendere, Lusaka, which is linked with three congregations in Salisbury Wiltshire,

Nigel writes: The Revd Robert Gama, the lay leaders and the whole congregation made me and my wife very, very welcome. 18th October was the day on which, in the face of current economic and political challenges, the President of Zambia had called the nation to a day of prayer and fasting for repentance and reconciliation. So St John’s

combined their usual two morning services into one. The service started at 8am and continued to 11.30am. All five choirs contributed to the service, and I had the privilege of preaching to the congregation of over 1,200. We withdrew at 11.30 to meet with the church leaders before going to record a radio interview about our visit for the new Lusaka UCZ Presbytery radio station. Meanwhile, at St John’s Church, the service of prayer and fasting continued in our absence from 11.30am to 5.30pm. From 5.30, I presided with Revd Robert Gama at a service of Holy Communion that concluded the day of worship at 6.30pm. Some of the congregation had been continuously in worship from 8am to 6.30pm!

We were impressed by a project the congregation is developing to provide employment. They have bought two knitting machines and paid for three people to be trained to use them. They will make school jumpers and sell them through four of the schools in Mtendere; deals have been negotiated with the schools. Their ambition is to buy more knitting machines and two sewing machines and train people to use them. I suggest that the Salisbury churches support this programme; knitting machines cost the equivalent of £100 each and sewing machines half that. (Salisbury Churches sent £300 in January 2016.)

In worship and in meetings I greeted St John’s congregation in the name of the Salisbury churches. They in return send their greetings and assurance of their love and prayers. It was a very great privilege to be with the minister and people of St John’s on behalf of the three Salisbury congregations.

Webpage icon Prayer for our link congregation in Zambia
Webpage icon Report on Zambia Link for SMC Annual Church Meeting
Webpage icon St John's, Mtendere
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