On Sunday 19th September 2021, the Three Church Mother Bodies (CMB) composed of the Council of Churches in Zambia, Evangelical Fellowship in Zambia and the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops, hosted the National Thanksgiving Ecumenical Prayer Service for the peaceful elections Zambia was blessed with on 12th August, 2021. The service was held at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka.
Prior to the August Polls, the National Youth Development Council (NYDC) was instrumental in promoting violence-free elections by serving as a member of the Coalition for Peaceful Elections (CPE). The NYDC’s chief responsibility in this capacity is to represent the youth.
In recognition of the historical role played by Zambian youth during the elections and also in promotion of women’s rights, the NYDC was invited by the CMB to nominate a female youth to read the second bible verse during the service. The verse reads,
“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosymet him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well”.
This verse synchronised with the theme of the event, ‘Ebenezer, thus far the Lord has helped us’.
“Let us as youth and society at large be thankful for everything that we have and even for the intangible things we don’t see. I felt honoured to be here and I was so happy to attend such an event”, said Ms. Kawide Nakasamu when reflecting on her experience of the event. Ms. Nakasamu was nominated thanks to her active participation in the CPE and for her youth activism in promoting peaceful elections.
President Hakainde Hichilema graced the Prayer Service which was also attended by various Zambian political parties, the diplomat community, other church bodies, representatives of private and public organisations, and the media.