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  Sabbath, February 2, 2019

First Sabbath Offering for the Zambia Union Mission Headquarters

Ever since Zambia’s independence from British rule in 1964, this nation has been known as the hub of peace throughout the southern African region. It is a landlocked country of 290,585 mi2 [752,612 km2] and is home to around 15.5 million people.

Zambia was declared a Christian nation some 20 years ago and is today known globally as a country that enjoys freedom of worship.

The first missionary to bring the message of Reformation reached this country in 1940. However, the message did not take root until 1970. Even then, the work did not advance as fast as we had hoped due to challenges encountered with our former brethren and the government’s decision to ban the registration of churches at that time.

However, our supplications to the Lord were finally answered and the Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement was registered with our government in October 1991. Since then, God’s work has progressed well. Our current membership is now almost 700 souls.

Our Union Mission headquarters are in the northwest of our country. To promote growth, during our last delegation session it was approved that the headquarters be relocated to Lusaka, the capital city, where there will be more space to put up structures like an herbal clinic, vegetarian restaurant and a training center for missionary workers.

A monumental pillar reflecting the message of Reformation always acts as a spiritual catalyst in finishing God’s work here on earth. Unfortunately, our resources are inadequate to expand this great work. “Have you so deep an appreciation of the sacrifice made on Calvary that you are willing to make every other interest subordinate to the work of saving souls? The same intensity of desire to save sinners that marked the life of the Saviour marks the life of His true followers. The Christian has no desire to live for self. He desires to consecrate all that he has and is to the Master’s service. He is moved by an inexpressible desire to win souls to Christ.”—Testimonies, vol. 7, p. 10.

It is our sincere hope that the love and sacrifice demonstrated by the Godhead will move every believer to contribute generously toward saving the perishing world.

Thanking and wishing you God’s richest blessings in advance,

Your brethren and sisters from Zambia

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