|Report on 20th Zambia Annual Reformed Conferences|
The 20th Annual Reformed Conferences were commemorated from 24th to 28th August 2009 in Lusaka Zambia with much soberness of heart as well as much pondering upon the word of God amidst
renewing and fostering of fellowship among brethren of like mind.
For the first time only local speakers handled both Family and School of Theology conferences on the theme “The whole of life under the whole of scripture”. Our hearts were vigorously challenged through preaching and seminars by:
Pastor Choolwe Mweetwa (Chingola Central Baptist Church),
Elder Alfred Gevara Nyirenda (Mount Makulu Baptist Church Lusaka),
Pastor Conrad Mbewe (Kabwata Baptist Church Lusaka),
Pastor Ronald Kalifungwa (Lusaka Baptist Church) and
Pastor Victor Kanyense (Mount Makulu Baptist Church).
Indeed, very few left without thinking how their lives ought to be reformed in their personal devotions, marriages, bringing up children, work life, serving God in volunteerism etc after listening to the powerful exposition of the word of God. The sermons were recorded and will be available on the Kabwata Baptist Church website www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org very soon. A DVD of the conference, professionally done by ZOWA Trust, will also be available for sale from the organizers just as soon, and an announcement will be placed on the KBC website.
Furthermore, sessions where news from the churches was shared, and inter-church projects discussed, exercised our minds in terms of what the Lord is doing among brethren of like mind in Zambia and beyond. It left a true sense of “the Lord has preserved a remnant that has not bowed the knee to Baal”. It also added fuel for the early morning daily prayer meetings.
The day sessions saw an average 450 attendants; and above 700 worshippers were at the evening sessions. Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Australia and, for the first time in 20 years, all the nine provinces in Zambia were represented. As an added bonus, every one of the attendants went away with free books that were a donation arranged through Professor Jim Grier who was one of last year’s conference speakers. This was indeed a true spiritual feast!
Thanks go to the four hosting churches (Lusaka Baptist, Kabwata Baptist, Mount Makulu Baptist and Evangel Baptist) as well as to the many brethren who assisted in accommodating, transporting and catering for our visitors. Your labour and sacrifice in the Lord is not in vain. Finally, praise be to the God and Father of our Saviour Jesus Christ who ‘has has brought us this far by His grace’ these twenty years and more. To him alone be the glory!Charles Bota (On behalf of the organizing team).