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COVID-19 has negatively affected the construction of the National House of Prayer-Sumaili

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The government says the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had negatively affected resource mobilization for the construction of the National House of Prayer.

Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs, Godfridah Sumaili said the project which is being spearheaded by the church has been affected due to the closure of churches.

Rev. Sumaili also commended the church across the country for their active participation in ensuring that the construction process is expedited.

The minister said this in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka.

Reverend Sumaili however, noted that measures have been put in place by the government and the church as partners to intensify the mobilization of funds to complete the project.

“Am glad to say that there has been a commitment from the churches to be part of this very wonderful project. If you went on the site, you will find that there is so much that is going-on already, obviously the resource mobilization has been affected by the COVID-19 situation,” she said.

The Minister added that most churches are willing to be part of the process hence the decision to start holding fundraising events to raise funds.

She cited the recent fund raising event which was organized by the church in Kitwe on the Copperbelt province as one such occasion that will also be replicated in other provinces due to its effectiveness of reaching out.

“Recently, we had a wonderful fund raising event that was organized by the churches in Kitwe and there were over 500 churches that came together, and funds and materials were raised and we are planning that other provinces also follow suit,” she noted.

Rev. Sumaili further expressed optimism that with the COVID-19 situation stabilizing, more activities in terms of resource mobilization and construction works are expected to be recorded.

And Northmead Assemblies of God overseer, Joshua Banda has encouraged the church to work together and ensure that construction works at the site are accelerated for the benefit of the church.

Bishop Banda stated that once the house is complete it will go a long way in the promotion of peace and unity by cementing the national Christian values.

“As you have noticed, there are number of initiatives being undertaken within the body of Christ and therefore we believe that the ongoing works on the construction of the National House of Prayer is another rallying point for us, we believe that once that sanctuary is up and running it will help once again to unite us and it will be a national alter that will represent what we stand for,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) Acting Executive Director, Andrew Mwenda said the building of the National House of Prayer will provide a common place of worship for people in the country.

“Whenever, we are having meetings pertaining to issues of the church, we always ask for permission to use church venues or other places, but the building of the National House of Prayer will provide us with a neutral place and it will show that in terms of physical presence Zambia values the presence of God in the nation not just as denomination,” explained Bishop Mwenda.

In 2016, President Edgar Lungu laid a foundation stone to start the construction of the National House of Prayer which is expected to cost over 30 million United States Dollars.

13 COMMENTS

  1. It has been a challenging period mother. However, we shall persevere to ensure this becomes a reality because we are a Christian nation

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  2. Do you people really need that edifice?

    If according to the Scriptures, you worship God in spirit and truth, there’s absolutely no need for that building.

    YHWH doesn’t live in houses made by human hands. You must bring Him with you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

    John 4 must be read for a reminder my people; and don’t give credence to what is not justifiable. You may be doing this out of respect for intungulushi mukalamba, but never you do this at the expense of the unchangeable truth of God napapata.

  3. That woman will definitely go to hell. What a liar.
    It is the same as saying COVID-19 has negatively affected PF ministers to go on maternity leave.
    I am still waiting for my $50 refund I gave to Edgar in 2018, when he was in America to dupe us about that House of $exx.

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  4. It is God who has placed a curse on the hypocritical project, and bet me it will never succeed, even if it did, it will remain the house devil worship.

  5. It is God who has placed a curse on the hypocritical project, and bet me it will never succeed, even if it did, it will remain the house of devil worship.

  6. Money could have been well spent on building Schools in villages where pupils are learning in the open air classes. they cannot even afford a thatched classroom. We have so many places of worship or infrastructure which can be used for National Day of Prayer eg Mulungushi conference centre. Sending $30 million on building a house of prayer unbelievable. This one is off tangent kwena.. Lesa aletilafye apapena mwambepeshafye.. Jesus would have given this money to the needy is our society.

  7. This Money could have been well spent on building Schools in villages where pupils are learning in the open air classes. they cannot even afford a thatched classroom. We have so many places of worship or infrastructure which can be used for National Day of Prayer eg Mulungushi conference centre. Sending $30 million on building a house of prayer unbelievable. This one is off tangent kwena.. Lesa aletilafye apapena mwambepeshafye.. Jesus would have given this money to the needy is our society.

  8. Even before covid no one was willing to contribute to this white elephant except under coercion by the powers that be. Who can contribute in this economy when people are even failing to buy zesco.

  9. but madam are you not the same family with those who invited mafkizolo and master kilog? if they hve such money to spalsh on international artists, why can’t they spalsh it on building the natioonal house of prayer?

  10. Unfortunately governance is a paradox of sorts, humane governance entails generosity and abundance, whereas misplaced governance dwells on milking the population, milking the already deprived and depraved; and the kick out of this is the inexorable rise of the religious institution in poorly governed societies. Therein lies the explanation of all this nonsense.

  11. What a lie! Ati the project which is being spearheaded by the church. When we all know that it is being spearheaded by the government. By the tax of non Christians

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