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“Kakulunda - A Home Beyond The River”

By Nathaniel Lowa In Kakulunda.

Newly constructed Lizevu Church in Kakulunda, Lukulu WestThe Catechism of the New Apostolic Church under the preparation of the bridal congregation states that, ‘through fellowship with Jesus Christ in word and sacrament, believers today experience salvation by being prepared for the return of Christ which will enable them to share in the glory of God.’ It further states that the Apostles have the task of proclaiming the word of God and dispensing the sacraments.

It’s for this reason that the Apostles today, through the commission of Jesus undertake this task by travelling far and near to proclaim the word of God.

In Zambia, the church has over 1,214,972 members with over 7,500 congregations across the country. Because of this, the Apostles are ever travelling to all parts of the country and recently the District Apostle Helper Kububa Soko visited Kakulunda in Lukulu West District, Zambia.

The District Apostle Helper, who left Lusaka on the 24th of November around 07:00hrs, arrived in Lukulu around 16:00hrs, and was received by area Apostle Aggrey Singanda of Kaoma-Lukulu Apostle Area.

D.A. Helper Kububa SOKO (centre) and his entourage enroute to Kakulunda on the Zambezi River. 25th November, 2018The following day Sunday, 25th November, 2018, the District Apostle Helper, the host Apostle and other District leaders, left for Kakulunda around 07:00hrs for the dedication of the newly constructed Lizevu Church.

Kakulunda is situated about 100 kilometres west of Lukulu District in Western Province. The District Apostle Helper and his entourage after almost 2 hours of driving off road finally arrived in Kakulunda on the river banks of the Zambezi River.

Lizevu Church is located across the Zambezi River and is only accessible by boat. The D.A Helper and his entourage upon arrival had to board a 15 minute banana boat ride in order for them to reach Lizevu Church.

Upon arrival at Lizevu church, the District Apostle Helper Kububa Soko conducted a dedication divine service and James 1:12 was read as the text word. Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

During the service, the District Apostle Helper explained what temptation is.

D.A Helper Kububa SOKO cuts the ribbon during the dedication of Lizevu Church, Kakulunda. 25th November, 2018“Our text today is clearly explaining to us what temptation is and we can begin by saying that temptation is the act of doing or thinking of doing something that goes against God’s will,” he said.

The District Apostle Helper further encouraged the members to fight temptations when they arise.

“Today’s text is also reminding us that we need to endure and overcome temptations. As children of God, we are, indeed, enduring and fighting temptations for the sake of our salvation, but for us to get to the end, we need to conform our lives to the likeness and nature of Jesus Christ our Lord,” he said.

Furthermore, the District Apostle Helper encouraged the members to fight for others as well.

“We also have to fight against the opponent the devil who is trying to take away our salvation but during our fight, we must realize that we may be weak and need the help of others, therefore, let us all as children of God help one another”, he said.

The District Apostle Helper also called upon the members to fight for their own personal salvation.

D.A Helper Kububa SOKO during the dedication service of Lizevu Church in Kakulunda on the 25th of November, 2018“As we are seeking for our salvation, we first need to be approved spiritually by God, Himself. This means that we fight for salvation as individuals as inscribed in the book of Ezekiel 18:20, he said.

Ezekiel 18:20 says, “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.”

He finally summarized and ended the divine service by encouraging the members to continue believing in Jesus Christ.

“When our Lord Jesus Christ returns, those who have been faithful to Him will be crowned Kings and Priests, who will then reign with Him for 1000 years in the Kingdom of peace; but we need to believe in Jesus, follow Him and renounce evil,” he said.

The service at Lizevu Church was attended by 1,160 members.

Members of Lizevu congregation in Kakulunda during the dedication service with D.A. Helper Kububa SOKO on 25th November, 2018Lizevu congregation dates back to the late 1970’s when Brother Morgan Mubika Chilemu of the New Apostolic Church began ministry by gathering locals for choir practices and bible studies. The initial gathering consisted of only 30 members, but eventually increased, and ministers from neighboring North-Western Province officially supported Brother Chilemu till the year 1983 when a grass thatched structure was constructed for divine services.

The congregation faced a major setback when unknown people set ablaze the structure which prompted members to relocate to a nearby village named Sambunji, but later moved to another village known as Linjangule and later in 1985, the congregation again moved to Chaila Village.

Old Lizevu Church, Kakulunda, Lukulu WestBecause of the frequent movements, then District Elder Charles Ndandula and his brother Late District Evangelist Edwin Kangombe arranged to have the church relocated to another village called Kapela (their village) which was suggested to be the permanent place to have a church building constructed.

Construction of the church stalled due to financial setbacks but through the sister’s fellowship, in 2007, members managed to raise funds through a tea party fellowship totaling K6,800.00. Through these funds, 150 bags of cement were bought to commence the construction of the church, however in that same year, while attempting to transport the bags of cement to Kakulunda on the Zambezi River, the boat capsized but, thankfully, no life was lost.

Through the District Apostle’s office, in 2015, building materials were donated towards the construction which was completed in November, 2018. The total cost of the church is approximately K870, 000.