Friends and relatives of the late Rev Violet Sampa Bredt, came together in solidarity to remember her at a memorial service held at Lusaka’s UCZ Trinity Church on 2nd April 2016.
The emotional memorial service included remarks from late Rev Bredt’s husband, sister, UCZ and CCZ representatives who described her as a unique woman whose work will be kept alive and will forever be remembered as a mother,sister, wife and mentor.
In her remarks, Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) General Secretary Rev Suzanne Matale said Rev Bredt always reached out and helped people in need.
“As a gender activist, the former CCZ General-Secretary showed us that women and men are equal. She used her space effectively to address issues affecting the nation as a natural leader ,” she said.
And UCZ General Secretary Rev Dr Peggy Kabonde described Rev Bredt who served as the first ordained female Minister in the United Church of Zambia (UCZ as a humble women who nurtured fellow women to see them grow into influential women who could foster change in society.
“She was a gallant woman who will be missed by the UCZ as a multi talented clergy who fought for others fearlessly,” she said.
The service was proceeded by the unveiling of a tomb stone in Makeni for Rev Bredt who passed away on 25th, March 2015 in Germany and was put to rest on 10th April,2016.
The church in Zambia will remember her as a great icon who through her works championed gender equality and women participation at various levels of decision making positions.