Thanksgiving and joyful praise, Zambia
Zambia’s First Lady, Esther Lungu joined Lynne Tembey, Worldwide President, and members of Mothers’ Union Zambia yesterday (11th April) at their joy-filled service of Celebration of 80 years of Mothers’ Union in Zambia.
Addressing the congregation, the First Lady spoke with passion about gender-based violence and the protection of the girl child, giving support and encouragement in one of Mothers’ Union’s key areas of campaigning.
The service was preceded by a walk of witness by the members along one of Zambia’s main roads, accompanied by a marching band of the Boys Brigade ensuring great publicity for Mothers’ Union and the witness of Christians in Zambia. Fifty new members were admitted to membership during the service and Lynne Tembey presented each new member with a membership badge
Earlier on her tour of the Province, Lynne Tembey was welcomed as a guest at the opening dinner of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) meeting on 9th April, and was privileged to also join the ACC during 10th of April as Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby preached at the opening service.
“The Service which opened the beginning of the Anglican Consultative Council was an incredible experience. It was held in the open air at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka, with an estimated 5,000 people in attendance. Huge cheers greeted Archbishop Justin as he appeared. There were thousands of Mothers’ Union members present – what a privilege to be part of this service.” shared Lynne.
Indeed members of Mothers’ Union from across the Province of Church of Central Africa have been a prominent part of the welcome in Lusaka. Delegates arriving for the meeting were welcomed by hundreds of members and a fantastic choir of members singing and dancing to welcome the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishops and Bishops from across the Communion. Given prominence in the fringe events Mothers’ Union members have upheld the meetings in prayer, and run a highly successful stall selling their wonderful material.
Lynne will now travel across the Province visiting Mothers’ Union Church Community projects before rejoining the ACC to take part in workshops.
Photo of First Lady with Members, Thomas Nsama
Photo of Mothers’ Union Zambia with Archbishop Justin, Neil Vigers, Anglican Communion Office