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BY GRACE SITALI in Livingstone

Apostle Remmie Muyenga (left) during the divine service for the Children in Livingstone on 11th November, 2018The book of Mark 10:15-16 says, “15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” 16 And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.

This is a clear indication of how important children are in the House of God. For this reason, the New Apostolic Church holds activities which bring the children closer to God.

According to the New Apostolic Church Zambia Youth and Child Policy, the Church is fully aware of the challenges the young people in the District are facing, and the need to help them remain firm in faith.

As a result, New Apostolic Church Zambia District is committed to promoting a spiritually healthy youth movement through effective soul care and fellowship programmes. In addition, New Apostolic Church Zambia District supports initiatives that promote collaboration and networking among young people in the District and with their peers in other district apostle areas.

For this reason, Livingstone held the Day of the Child from 10th to 11th of November, 2018. This weekend was characterised by sporting activities, poems, hymns and a divine service, to crown it all.

Sporting activities during the Livingstone Day of the Child on 10th November, 2018On Saturday, 10th November 2018, the children had a blessed fellowship with the area Apostle, Remmie Muyenga, at Zambezi Primary School Grounds where they presented poems and sketches.

The following day, Sunday 11th November 2018, Apostle Remmie Muyenga conducted a Divine Service for the Children at Musi O Tunya Congregation.

For this special service for the children, Apostle Muyenga read from Mark 10:16 as the text word.

"And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them".

During this divine service for the children, the Apostle emphasized about the longing the children of God need to have to attend divine services such as those for Sunday school.

“When one plants crops, they have to tend them very well so that the yield can be good. It is the same with the children's service. It is not that we come here without a reason; our coming here is to tend our children spiritually so that they realize that they are friends with Jesus to ensure that they grow in His likeness,” he said.

Members during the service for children with Apostle Remmie Muyenga on 11th November, 2018The Apostle further described who a friend is, after making reference to children being friends with Jesus.

“A friend is someone trustworthy, someone dependable, and one who can be asked for help in time of need and our friend is Jesus who gives us all we need,” he said.

The Apostle further encouraged the children to continue praying.

“The incident of children being chased from Jesus Christ happened a long time ago, but the words He said to His Apostles still stand today, because Jesus wants little children to come to Him. Children need to pray to Him in all situations, this way, He will always go with children even in difficult situations,” he said.

Apostle Muyenga then ended the service with an encouragement to the children that Jesus is their friend in all circumstances.

“The children who went to Jesus did not hesitate; neither did they resist after being chased. You should also know that Jesus is your friend who can help you in all situations,” he said.