12 October 2015
12 October 2015,

The Heads of Churches of the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) have published a pastoral letter ahead of the October 18th ,2015 National Day Repentance, Prayer and Fasting declared by President Edger Chagwa Lungu.
The letter released on the 8th October, 2015 is directed at all CCZ affiliate member organisations and all citizens of Zambia following the proclamation by the Republican President. It has also been circulated to the public through the Zambian media.
The Pastoral Letter is a prayerful reflection on this proclamation and is offered for prayerful consideration of this call by all who receive it.
The letter offers theological insights into the proclamation so as to give a deeper understanding to the readers as they prepare to be a part of this national call. “We pray that the reflections contained in our letter will offer responses and direction from a theological perspective and moral imperative going forward”, the letter reads.
This reflection places this day of repentance, fasting and prayer into a broader Biblical/theological context.
In his most recent speech for the opening of the National Assembly His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, announced that he has proclaimed “18th October 2015 as a day of national prayer, and fasting for reconciliation, forgiveness and generally to encourage the nation to seek the face of God.” He did so after remarking that “Hate, bitterness, contempt and envy are evil vices that have no place in a society like ours. We are above that. We are a Christian nation.”
Download the full version of the letter at www.ccz.org.zm/downloads

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