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Good Friday and Easter services

By Nimon Muleya in Vic Falls and Livingstone


Part of the congregation during the Good Friday service at Victoria Falls congregation on March 30, 2018District Apostle Charles Ndandula conducted a Good Friday divine service on March 30, 2018 in the Victoria falls Church in the tourist resort town of Victoria Falls of Zimbabwe.

 

John 19:30 was used as text word. In this special festive divine service, the bible reading was from Luke 23:13 – 25.

 

Text word:

“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowed His head and gave up His Spirit.”

 

In his sermon, the District Apostle urged the members to commemorate Good Friday by emulating the life of our lord Jesus Christ.

 

During this service the District Apostle also bestowed the confirmation blessing on nine (9) young brothers and sisters.

 

District Apostle Charles Ndandula bestowing the confirmation blessing on the confirmands during the service at Victoria Falls congregation on March 30, 2018“Jesus gave His life on account of love; He sacrificed His life for you and me. Jesus was also sinless, as we heard from the bible reading; Pilate too did not find Jesus with any fault.

 

“Let us use this moment to reflect on the life of our Lord Jesus, His sacrificial death and emulate His life,” he said.

 

The District Apostle further encouraged the members to remain faithful as the Lord will fulfil His promises.

 

“My dear brothers and sisters, as we prepare for the return of our Lord Jesus, let us keep our faith and occupy ourselves with things that express our faith to God.

 

“From our text word, Jesus said ‘it is finished’. Surely, the Lord will complete His work and fulfil His promise, let us remain faithful.”

 

391 members attended this divine service.

 

District Apostle Charles Ndandula and his entourage pose for a photo with confirmands at Victoria Falls congregation on March 30, 2018After the Good Friday service, District Apostle Ndandula took a short trip to Livingstone, Zambia, for the 5th Adhoc Meeting on Saturday, March 31, 2018, ahead of the visit of Chief Apostle Jean Luc Schneider, who will be visiting Zambia from April 26 to 30, 2018.

 

On 1st April, 2018 (Easter Sunday), the District Apostle conducted another festive divine service at Dambwa North congregation in Livingstone.

 

Acts 10:40 – 42 was used as text word, while the bible reading was taken from Luke 24:1 – 15.

 

Text word:

“Him, God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.”

 

Sister Cynthia Sahandu Masamu giving a bible reading during the Easter service at Dambwa congregation on April 1, 2018The District Apostle told the members that the resurrection of Jesus must be the centre of their faith.

 

“The Lord Jesus was human; He died, rose from the dead and revealed Himself to those that believed in Him, the witnesses chosen by God.

 

“God blessed those who believed in Jesus. Let this be the anchor of our faith; let us believe in our Lord Jesus and we shall experience the abundant blessings of God,” he said.

 

The District Apostle further told the congregation at Dambwa to be worthy witnesses of Easter.

 

“When the Lord appeared to those who believed in Him, Mary being one of them, she went to tell others (Apostles of Jesus) about what had happened. Let us also tell others about our faith, let us go out there to preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

 

“Our way of life must give testimony of our belief in Jesus Christ – we must conform our lives to the teaching of Jesus,” he said.  

1,716 members attended this service.

 

Part of the congregation during the Easter service at Dambwa congregation on April 1, 2018The District Apostle was accompanied by Apostles Daniel Mulemba of Zimbabwe, Baker Chakwana of Choma, Godwin Nyuwa of Sesheke and Remmie Muyenga of Livingstone.

 

From Ndola – Mufulira Apostle Area, Shardrick Wilima reports that during the Easter period, Apostle Jacob Mwansa conducted three divine services in the Apostle Area to commemorate the Passion Week and also to bestow the blessing of confirmation on the young people who were waiting to be confirmed.

 

His first service was at Mufulira's Kamuchanga Church on 25 March, 2018, Palm Sunday. The Apostle used a text word from Zechariah 9:9.

 

At the end of the service, the Apostle bestowed the Confirmation blessing on 65 young brothers and sisters.

 

687 souls attended the Palm Sunday Service in Mufulira.

 

Apostle Jacob Mwansa with confirmands at Kamiranda congregation in Luanshya On 1 April, 2018On his second service, Apostle Mwansa was in Ndola's Kabushi Church, on 30 March, 2018, Good Friday. The Apostle read a text word from John 19:30.

 

In this service, the Apostle confirmed 144 young brothers and sisters. At the end of the service, the Apostle watched presentations on doctrinal subjects by the Confirmed youths who were clad in graduation gowns.

 

1,103 members including 7 visitors attended the service.

 

After the Service, the Apostle proceeded to St. Anthony's Children Village, an Orphanage Centre for abandoned children as well as children with special needs. He was accompanied by all Ndola based district leaders and a group of sisters.

 

Here the Apostle made a donation on behalf of the New Apostolic Church through the Sisters' Fellowship. The donation included assorted groceries valued at K5,500.

 

Apostle Kububa Soko addressing the couples before bestowing marriage blessings during the Easter service at Gondar congregation on March 30, 2018On 1 April 2018 Easter Sunday, the Apostle conducted a service at Kamirenda congregation in Luashya. The Apostle read from Acts 10:40-42.

 

After the service, the Apostle bestowed blessings on 63 confirmands. 662 souls including 3 visitors attended the service.

 

From Chipata Apostle Area, Shepherd Lufupa reports that the Area Apostle Kububa Soko conducted a divine service on Easter Sunday at Gondar congregation where he confirmed 70 confirmands and bestowed marriage blessings on two couples - Brother Morris Shimikobo and Babra Milimo Gondar and brother Golf Daka and Idah Mumba.