“Chief Aposto mu Mansa!”
Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider is scheduled to visit Mansa in June, 2017. “Chief Aposto mu Mansa” meaning “Chief Apostle in Mansa,” became the local slang among New Apostolic Church members in that area. This followed an announcement of the Chief Apostle’s impending visit by District Apostle Charles S. Ndandula when he visited the area recently.
The District Apostle who was accompanied by District Apostle Helper Robert Nsamba and Apostles Edwin Kasamu of Chikankata and Steven Lindunda of Kitwe undertook a 10 hour journey to Mansa by road on April 28, 2016.
Mansa is the capital of Luapula Province of Zambia. It takes its name from the local Chief Mansa and the small Mansa River which flows west to the Luapula River. During British colonial rule, the town was named Fort Rosebery. The town took its current name after independence in 1964. Mansa has a population of about 179,749 people of whom 42, 277 are New Apostolic Church members.
On his way to Mansa District Apostle Ndandula was waylaid by New Apostolic Church members in Samfya, about 70km from Mansa, comprising of mainly sisters and ministers, who serenaded the District Apostle and his entourage with a local composition signaling their welcome to the province. District Apostle Ndandula, who spoke in the local language (Bemba), could not hide his joy for the gesture.
“Twa totela pamilimo yenu iyabutemwe. Mwachita ichi pa mulandu twisa mwishina lya kwa Lesa. Lesa abe naimwe, amipale, nokumipela fyonse ifyo mukabila mubumi bwenu. Na twikatane no kubombela chapano, ukufika ubushiku Imfuma ikesa, natotela,” He said. (We are grateful for your works of love; you have done this because we have come in the name of the Lord. May the Lord be with you, may He bless you and grant you your hearts’ desires. Let us be united and work as one until the day of the Lord. Thank you).
On Saturday, April 30, 2016, District Apostle Ndandula had a meeting with all ministers in Luapula province at Mansa Central Church. For the meeting that started at 10:00hrs, Luke 17:10 was used as text word:
“So likewise you, when you have done all these things which you were commended, say, ‘we are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do’.”
In reference to the text, District Apostle Ndandula urged the ministers to serve Jesus Christ and His church.
“This work belongs to our Lord – He is the owner of the work of salvation. Therefore, we must serve our Lord and the Church. As servants of God, let us always know that the congregation belongs to Jesus,” he said.
District Apostle Ndandula further said that the congregation and its members were chosen by God.
“In the bible, Jesus said ‘no one comes to Me unless My Father draws him to Me.’ Therefore, as ministers, we must know that we are accountable to God because the scriptures further tell us that ‘whatever you do for the least of My brothers, you have done it to Me,’” he said.
He also urged the ministers to provide pastoral care to the members of the church and to pray with and for them.
During the meeting, the District Apostle officially announced the visit of Chief Apostle Jean Luc Schneider to that area in June 2017 and was delighted that preparations for the Chief Apostle’s visit are already underway.
“In 2017, our dear Chief Apostle will visit this Apostle Area. This is the first time that the Chief Apostle ministry will be visiting Luapula province of our country. Let us pray for the successful visit of the Chief Apostle to this area, and let us work together as ministers and with our brothers and sisters. I am happy to note that preparations are already underway and the various committees have been formed. Let us remain committed to ensure that everything goes as planned,” he said.
In the afternoon of the same day, the District Apostle was guest of honor at a musical presentation held at Mansa Central Church, with performances from the school choir, orchestra and the children’s choir.
The climax of his visit was a divine service conducted at Mansa Central congregation. John 16:33 was used as text word:
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
With reference to the text, District Apostle Ndandula told the members that the Lord was aware of the troubles of the world.
“The Lord knows about the troubles we will find here on earth, but he said, ‘In Me you will have peace,’ this beloved is an assurance from God that we shall overcome all the tribulation – with the help of God. Let us trust Him!” He said.
The District Apostle further urged the members to be obedient to God.
“Dear brothers and sisters, the devil will want to take advantage of our situation - such that we would doubt the presence of God in us - but whenever faced with such a situation, let us trust the Lord and have confidence in Him. Let us always be obedient to God,” he said.
1, 371 members attended the service.