An enthusiastic group of 176 brethren gathered in Mufulira, Zambia, to observe and keep the Feast of Tabernacles and enjoy an abundance of spiritual instruction from God’s people. It was such an amazing Feast that was sickness-free and a zone full of peace, joy and harmony. Activities were joyfully attended and we all experienced God's blessing. The special music and the messages were on point, uplifting and inspiring as they related to the coming Kingdom. My favorite sermon was “Training for Rulership.” It really pointed to the coming Kingdom and how we should utilize the time we have on earth to train for the coming Kingdom when we shall be changed into immortal beings and be given positions to reign with Christ the King of kings and Lord of lords on earth.
On the child-blessing day, three children were blessed and prayed for. On the Eighth Day, eight people were baptized from the three congregations in the Northwest. It was indeed a joyous moment, especially for those who have longed and waited for so long for this big day. The baptisms were held after people held Bible studies almost every night and some could utilize their free time to sit with the elder and other deacons to inquire more about the Word of God and what the Church of God believes in.
It’s always amazing how such a huge gathering of people from different ethnic groups can mingle and rejoice together in harmony, sharing gifts and stories.
Our women held their usual gift exchange. This is one of the most memorable parts of the Feast—seeing the women singing so joyfully while they exchanged gifts and hugs. On Friday it was a family day, or should I say, youth day. It was a day full of activities, including special music, split sermons, poetry, memory verses and other beautiful activities. In the afternoon some games took place. It was really interesting to see our elderly people participate so eagerly. Allow me to thank all our youths for doing such a tremendous job serving God’s people with food from day one until the last day.
If I were asked to describe this year’s Feast in one word, it could be “gratification.” People were blessed and it could be seen by their attitudes towards each other. We really appreciate the support we keep receiving. To our Almighty God in heaven, we give all glory and honor for the love and direction He gives, as we pray “Thy Kingdom Come.”