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District Apostle Visits Libala and Mt Makulu

By Nathaniel Lowa

 

District Apostle Charles S. Ndandula during the divine service at Libala congregation on January 20, 2018District Apostle Charles S Ndandula visited Libala congregation in Lusaka on the 20th of January 2018 for a special divine service which fell on a Saturday.

 

The divine service came about following the cancellation of service which was scheduled to take place on the same date at Kalikiliki congregation in Lusaka due to the Cholera outbreak.

 

Choir and orchestra singing during the divine service conducted by District Apostle Charles Ndandula at Libala Congregation on January 20, 2018The District Apostle was accompanied by three visiting Apostles, Moses Chileshe of Mansa, George Fwalo of Kasama and  Ranford Simumbwe of Kabwe - Serenje.

 

In Libala congregation, the District Apostle read from 2 Timothy 2:11-13 as the text word:

“This is a faithful saying, for if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful, He cannot deny Himself”

 

In reference to the text word, District Apostle Ndandula emphasized to the congregants the need to die from sinful acts that do not please God.

 

“My dear brothers and sisters, we came in the house of the Lord and believed in Him and received the baptism of water, which meant that we wanted to die, through baptism, from everything that does not please God, everything sinful,” he said.

 

Apostle George Fwalo (left) & Apostle Ranford Simumbwe (Right) during the divine service at Libala congregation on January 20, 2018The District Apostle explained what it means to die away from sin.

 

“Dear brothers and sisters, we need to die from sin because it does not please God, dying from sin means we have to let go of any kind of sin. An example of sin is lying. It doesn’t matter what kind of lie it is, all we need to do is die from it.”

 

District Apostle Ndandula also emphasized that it is not enough to believe but to work upon that belief by living in a way that motivates non-believers to come to the Lord’s house. The District Apostle quoted from scripture in the book of Galatians 2:20 which reads:

“I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live yet not I but Christ lives in me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

 

The District Apostle also encouraged the members to carry on with God’s work, “Therefore in this faithful saying by enduring all the challenges, we shall also reign with him. Despite the many names that we may be given, we need to be encouraged and carry on with God’s work.”

 

Apostle Moses Chileshe during the divine service at Libala congregation on January 20, 2018The service was attended by 793 souls.

 

Meanwhile, the District Apostle in the company of the three visiting Apostles on Sunday 21st January, 2018 visited Mount Makulu congregation in Chilanga District, near  Lusaka.

 

Mount Makulu congregation is located south of Lusaka in Chilanga District and has a total membership of 485 members. It was dedicated 9 years ago on the 18th of September, 2009 by District Apostle Helper Robert Nsamba.

 

For this divine service, District Apostle Ndandula read from Luke 7: 47 – 48 as the text word:

“Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little. Then Jesus said to her, your sins are forgiven.”

 

The District Apostle began the service with a promise to the congregants that comes with following Jesus Christ.

 

Mt Makulu congregation“The desire to follow Jesus is not physical or material, it is spiritual, and when we follow him, we shall have eternal life. This means, following Jesus is putting our desires aside and to take on the will of God through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

 

He further gave reference to the story of the sinful woman who went to meet Jesus at the residence of Simon the Pharisee.

 

“Jesus’ acceptance to go to Simon’s house is a symbol that He wanted to fellowship with the Pharisees so as to forgive, start afresh and move on.

 

“We learn something from the incident in Simon’s house where a sinful woman cried at the feet of Jesus and anointed his feet with perfume despite her image as a sinner.

 

“We learn that when we as children of God have our sins forgiven, we should do something to the Lord by loving Him more.”

Further, despite our sinful condition and despite what we have done or not done in life, we should have courage to come to the Lord and He will forgive us.

 

Congregants during the divine service at Mt Makulu on January 21, 2018The District Apostle called upon the members to practice forgiveness.

 

“As children of God we need to follow what Jesus did by forgiving that woman, we also need to forgive our neighbors every time they wrong us.”

 

The service was attended by 1,084 souls.