The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has released one Benz truck to the Government that will be used to collect garbage around Lusaka in an effort to eliminate water-borne diseases.
5th January 2018
To: All CCZ Heads of Churches
Dear Church Leaders
RE: UPDATES AND GUIDELINES ON THE CHOLERA OUTBREAK
Fraternal greetings from CCZ.
Following our initial memo dated 31st December, 2017 and the engagement with the Ministry of Health as well as the increasing speculations regarding the cholera outbreak in the country, with Lusaka being the worst hit, we would like to give you an update and advise as follows:
- The cholera epicenters cannot be allowed to hold church programs on Sunday and any other day until further notice. The cholera epicenters have been identified as Kanyama and its clusters of extensions which include Garden house, Chibolya, Kanyama extension, Chawama, Kuku, John Laing, John Howard and Jack compounds. Others are Mandevu, Garden, Chaisa, Marapodi Misisi, Chipata, Mazyopa and Matero and its cluster of interlinked compounds.
- Church Services can be held in other areas outside these worst hit areas on Sunday as long the highest levels of hygiene are maintained. Every Church must have adequate and very clean toilets as well as enough clean water. Strictly urge all members to avoid handshakes, hugs, and communal foods.
- We encourage those in less affected areas to conduct very short worship services than the usual after which people are to be encouraged to go to their respective homes without idling and mingling around.
- We urge all Clergy and Lay Preachers to conduct contextual bible studies and preach contextual sermons that will help sensitize congregants to change their attitudes and mindsets regarding personal public hygiene and thus contribute to cholera prevention. Relevant resources will be shared through the social media and emails.
- We call on the CCZ fraternity to proactively and corporately participate in the general and personal cleanup program currently underway. It must be well noted that faith without works is dead. We must stand together with government, all political stakeholders to effectively contribute towards eliminating the cholera challenge and prevent it from becoming a national catastrophe. We have a challenge to not only clean the city but the whole country at large. This prompts us to call on the entire CCZ fraternity to commit to participating in the immediate task of containing the cholera outbreak through personal corporate participation in the ongoing works.
- Encourage all the members to be vaccinated against cholera as and when the vaccination exercise commences.
- Let us all be good stewards of all resources and facilities that have been available in various residential areas to combat the cholera response challenge.
- Cholera is a poor sanitation and not demonic issue hence the best way to fight it is inculcating in each Christian and general Zambian citizenry a culture of cleanliness and good environmental management. God has set principles for welfare but because of selfishness, greed and indiscipline we have ignored the God given principles and found ourselves in a situation where nature has revolted and we are suffering the consequences. Our role as your Secretariat is to provide leadership and ownership in the spirit of the men of Issachar from the book of 1 Chronicles 12: 32 by understanding and knowing our times and responding accordingly. This statement does not imply that prayer has no power, it is rather a call to pray with wisdom and understanding so that we do not perish due to lack of knowledge of misapplied faith. We will be giving you periodic updates. Kindly call or text me for additional guidance and updates.
With Love, Peace and Joy.
Yours in the Service of Christ
The Rev’d Canon Emmanuel Chikoya
Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) in partnership with The United Methodist Church (UMC) Global Health Unit has started implementing a US$50, 000.00 Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Menstrual Health Management (WASH-MHM) Project in Zambezi District, North-Western province.
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.
At a joyous colourful farewell appreciation service held at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross on 11th June, 2017, Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) General Secretary Rev Dr Suzanne Matale was referred to as a unique icon of the church in Zambia whose name will go down in history.
The Luthern Evangelical Church,(LECA) a member of the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) held a capacity building conference for women aimed at empowering them with skills and knowledge on how they can effectively participate in the affairs of the church.
The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) General Secretary Rev Dr Suzanne Matale has called on advocates of justice to stand for the marginalised in society.
The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) will be holding a farewell appreciation service for Rev Dr Suzanne Matale on the 11th of June, 2017 at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Lusaka.
After 13 years of service at the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) as Head of Programmes (HOP), Abraham Chikasa was celebrated at a farewell luncheon fellowship by members of staff at the secretariat.
The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) in partnership with the Joint Country Program (JCP) Zambia has handed over a K600,000.00 “Transforming Women Lives through Water and Sanitation” Project to people living in Shinenge’ne and Kimakolwe Communities in Solwezi, North Western Province.
The United Church of Canada through its Program Coordinator for Southern Africa Church and South Asia Church in Partnership, Rev. Dr. Japhet Ndhlovu called on the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) to strengthen the existing partnership between the two faith-based organizations.
The Salvation Army, a Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) member church will be holding a Territorial School of Music from 20th– 27 th August, 2017 at Chikankata Mission in Mazabuka.
Hundreds of Christians congregated at the United Church of Zambia (UCZ) St Paul’s Congregation in Kabwata, Lusaka on 19th February, to attend the 2017 Ecumenical Unity Prayers.
Women and youth from CCZ member churches gathered for a One-Day Capacity Building Workshop on Natural Resource Governance organised by the Social and Economic Justice Department, at Makeni’s Kingsley Mweenda Centre, Lusaka.
The year 2017 opened on a spiritual note with reflection, self-evaluation, motivation and inspiration for members of staff of the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) as they went on a three day annual retreat.