It was a sober mood which was characterized by singing and dancing for a unique occasion when the University Christian Centre (UCC), a ministry of the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) visited over 2000 male and female inmates of Mukobeko Maximum Prison in Kabwe to donate various items.
Inmates assembled in the prisons grounds while being entertained by fellow inmates to Christian hymns as they awaited for a team lead by CCZ Chaplin Rev Silishebo Silishebo of university students to evangelize and donate various items to the inmates as part of their service to the prisons.
In a sermon delivered by UCC church counselor , Prophetess Martina Kaunda after reading from Luke 4:15-24, the inmates were called on to have hope and use the opportunity to reflect on their lives and record their experiences through writing as a way of sharing with other people.
“Jesus loves all of you here and you must use the opportunity to cultivate a personal relationship with him, who gives you hope for each day,” she said.
Prophetess Martina took time to pray for the sick inmates as well as visit the prison clinic.
In receiving assorted items valued at K18 000 donated to the inmates which included soap, cooking oil, clothes, cups, sugar and salt , Prison Officer-in -Charge Hastings Chilombe described the gesture as a sign of love from the church to the inmates who needed such help.
Mr Chilombe who joined in the dancing to celebrate the occasion described it as a joyous and wonderful gesture welcomed by the prison service which is evidence that Zambia is a Christian nation.
“Your encouragement to the prisons in the last three years that you have been extending as a sign of love is always welcome and in keeping with the teaching of Jesus Christ. You have been a blessing not only to the inmates but to society,” he said.
During the hand over donation, there was jubilation amongst the prisoners who were assured by Rev Silishebo that the giving was a sign that the church loves and thinks about them everyday.