Arriving in Zambia
by Ebralie Mwizerwa
We meant to send some news last night, but we were too tired when we arrived in Siavonga. The trip is going well. We arrived in Lusaka on Saturday afternoon and were well-received by the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Moderator, Rev. Abel Banda, and the Deputy General Secretary, Rev. Daniel Tembo.
We visited the CCAP synod office construction site, where progress is being made. They are working hard to complete the building. They are now working on finishing the interior and fixing doors and windows. The synod offices are currently located in a compound where they have their poultry farm, and it is uncomfortable on some days. When the synod office is completed, they hope to use the vacated space to expand the poultry farm as a way to generate revenue for the synod.
On Sunday, we worshiped with the Chawama congregation. Rev. Daniel Tembo is the pastor and preached a very powerful sermon on standing firm and being courageous. We then visited several programs/projects. Chawama has a community school on the property, and it was a pleasure meeting the head teacher and the PTA chair. CCAP community schools target vulnerable children and those affected by poverty or by HIV/AIDS. It was a joy to witness the many accomplishments of this congregation and to hear testimonies of their ministry to the Chawama community. The Chawama congregation has enjoyed a partnership with Central Presbyterian Church in Longmont, CO for many years.
After worship we drove down to Siavonga, some 200km (~124 miles) away from Lusaka, where we visited the Namumu Orphanage Center. We attended a board meeting at Namumu where Chairman of the Board Leonard Hachitapika and Director Phanuel Simamba presented some of Namumu's accomplishments as well as the challenges they are currently facing. We had a long discussion about the challenges with the hope of finding a way forward that is in the best interest of the 26 children currently residing there.
Frank visited the Rotary Club and had good discussion with the group. The Siavonga Rotary Club supports Namumu, and we hope to continue the discussion with them as we move forward. Tomorrow we will have a visit with social welfare and the Siavonga High School, where most Namumu children attend school.