Church invests in juvenile offenders

The Church in partnership with local organisations have donated various goods worth K450, 000 to Katombora Juvenile Reformatory School in Livingstone to empower the juvenile offenders in various skills training.

The donation was made during the commemoration of the 2017 National Day of Prayer and action for inmates at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka, under the theme “Empowering juvenile offenders is empowering the future generation. Bringing back lost hope”.

The prayer service graced by Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo, organised by the Zambia Correctional Service was attended by Christians from various church denominations including those affiliated to the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ).

Among the items donated included wielding machines, wheelbarrows, mattresses, blankets, a deep freezer, toiletries, plasma television sets, hammers, desk top computers, pens, books, shovels and carpentry equipment.

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) donated a wielding machine and 10 wheelbarrows to the school during the service.

And delivering a homily, United Church of Zambia (UCZ) synod Bishop Rev Sydney Sichilima explained that the biblical teaching of the prodigal son who returned to the father was an example of how God is pleased and welcomes his children who return to him in humility and repentance.

“For the children of God the moment you repent and turn to God , he washes you with the blood of Jesus and makes you whole again, it does not matter the kind of sin you commit, he is able to forgive”, Bishop Sichilima said.

He called on the youths in the school to stop seeing themselves as ugly people because of where they are because God loves them so much and they too have the ability to excel in everything they do through education.

Several choirs among them the defense and security choir spiced up the service with music.

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