President Edgar Lungu says Zambians Christian faith has continued to be the foundation of the country’s cherished national character.
Mr. Lungu said Christian faith should be the admirable co-existence and tolerance of the broad diversities which has distinguished the country as bastion of peace and unity.
The Head of State this in Lusaka today when he officiated at the ground breaking ceremony for the uplifting of the Our Heavenly Father Catholic Parish in Chelstone.
He said as Christians, Zambians are called upon not to use their Christian faith to despise others but to bring hope in other people’s lives.
The President said “As Christians, what we believe in should be the basis of expanding the pace for greater tolerance, forgiving one another’s transgression and use the Christian faith as a symbol of hope”.
And Mr Lungu praised the parishioners of Chelstone Catholic Parish for being magnanimous in raising funds for the uplifting of the church.
Mr. Lungu said contributing to building of a church is the highest point of ones Christian’s faith and an actual realisation of the scripture that requires all Christians to build God a house of prayer.
Mr. Lungu has since reaffirmed government committed to partner with the church and other cooperating partners in uplifting the living standards of the people of Zambia.
And Chelstone Catholic Parish Priest Father Godwin Mulenga praised President Lungu for being above partisan politics in taking development to all parts of the country.
Fr. Mulenga further urged Mr Lungu to put God first in his discharge of national duties and reaffirmed the church continued prayers.
Earlier, Catholic Parish Finance Committee Chairman Patrick Chisanga disclosed that K1 million has so been raised out the total K3.5 million required for the complete uplift of the church.