A testimony by Pastor Peter Chikoseleshi,
We had Micah Sunday on 17th Oct where we were praying over the Millennium Goals after petitioning the Minister of Education on the 16th October to consider the plight of Community schools around the country. A good number of pastors and people from different churches came together and we prayed for all sectors of our economy and that poverty should be swept out. (more…)
The Musonda School in Kitwe, Zambia, demonstrates the power of partnerships. A school originally undertaken as a Pro-Life Advancement and Education Project (PLAEP) project in partnership with Micah Challenge Zambia, the Musonda School engages community leaders and the local church to reach its goal of providing a quality education to every child in Musonda compound, an unplanned “shanty” town. (more…)
Take part in attaining MDGs, Zambians challenged
TIMES OF ZAMBIA, Monday, October, 20, 2008 – HOME NEWS
By Times Reporter
The organisation’s facilitator, Lawrence Temfwe said on Sunday during an inter-denominational gathering at the Bread of Life Church in Ndola that people needed to work towards achieving the MDGs and not leave it entirely to the Government.
NGO asks presidential candidates for commitment towards MDGs
THE POST, Friday, September 19, 2008 – Home News
A CHRISTIAN non-governmental organization has advised presidential candidates in the October 30 election to make a commitment towards the attainment of millennium development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.
And National Royal Foundation of Zambia chairperson Chief Bright Nalubamba (right) has asked presidential aspirants to meet all traditional Leaders to explain their agenda for the rural poor before asking for their votes.
In a statement, Micah Challenge Zambia national facilitator Pastor Lawrence also called on Christians in the country to vote for a person who would promote integrity, righteous and justice.
“We call on all Zambians not to vote tribe, Chibuku, party or age, but character, vision and strategy on how we will attain the millennium Development Goals,” he said.
And commenting on the heads of state meeting on the MDGs to take place in New York on September 25, pastor Temfwe called on leaders from the developing countries to urge G8 nations to fulfill the pledges they made to poor countries.
Pastor Temfwe also expressed dissatisfaction with the US$60 billion pledged by the rich nations towards health.
And chief Nalubamba said traditional leaders need to know what the presidential aspirants stood for so that people know who they were voting for.
“ There is greater need than before for the aspirants to meet the traditional leaders through out the country so that they can explain what they have for the rural poor,” Chief Nalubamba said. We have been marginalized for some time and our people remain poor so we have to know this time around what we are voting for.”
Chief Nalubamba said traditional leaders and the rural poor had the right to know what was there for them from the presidential candidates in the October 30 by-election.
He advised the candidates to reserve some days of their campaign period for a meeting with traditional leaders to discuss issues that affected the rural communities.
“We need to know how each of the candidates intends to work with traditional leaders in the fight against rural poverty,” said Chief Nalubamba. “ There should be no restriction on how should meet traditional leaders to allow the rural people to elect the best candidate. We now have to speak out strongly about traditional leaders’ effective involvement and participation in governance and development as servants of the rural poor.”
TIMES OF ZAMBIA, Thursday, September, 18, 2008 – HOME NEWS
By Times Reporter
MICAH Challenge Zambia a Christian non-governmental organization (NGO) has urged presidential aspiring candidates to make commitments on how they intend to achieve the millennium development goals (MDGS) once elected into office.
Micah Zambia national facilitator for the organization. Pastor Lawrence Temfwe said in a statement in Ndola yesterday that his organization was urging all candidates for the forth-coming elections to make commitments towards achieving the MDGs.
Pastor Temfwe said it was important that the voters were availed by each candidate what they were promising to uplift the lives of Zambians.
“We call on all Zambians not to vote on tribal lines. Or because of free Chibuku, or according to party lines or according to the age but vote according to the vision and strategy on how we will attain the MDGs.” He said.
Pastor Temfwe called on Christians to vote for a person who would promote righteousness, integrity, hard work, compassion and justice.
He said it was imperative that Christian voted properly because the majority of the voters in Zambia were Christians.
Pastor Temfwe called on the meeting on September 25 that would gather in New York for the eighth year since the signing of the MDGs to work out modalities to achieve them.
He especially called on the summit to effectively address the issue of children affected by HIV and called to intercede for the same meeting.
Central Province Launch
During the month of May we had a launch of Micah Challenge in Central Province. This is the fourth launch in the series of provincial launches. So far we have done launches on the Copperbelt (August 28th 2007), North Western Province (November 20th, 2007), Luapula province (February 5th, 2008).
The Central Province Launch took place on May 28th 2008, at Kabwe Chapel in Kabwe. A total of 150 church leaders, pastors, university students, and members of the civil society attended this meeting which was opened by the Deputy Permanent Secretary of Central Province. Besides this meeting, we had two other meetings with ZAFES groups at Mulungushi University and Nkrumah College of education, where we introduced students to the work of Micah Challenge.
The essence of the provincial launches is to sensitize and engage church leaders and church members about the work of MCZ.
Engagement with the Media
Last month, we released three press releases. The first one was on price surge, the second one was on the occasion of the African Freedom Day, and the last one was on the Central Province Micah Launch
The Campaign Coordinator, Martin Kapenda also had a live interview with Radio Maranatha in Kabwe. The interview was centred on the work of Micah Challenge Zambia and the Central Province Launch.
MDGs Needs Assessment Training Workshop
The MCZ Campaign Coordinator attended the MDGs Needs Assessment Training Workshop organised by the UNDP at Chrismar hotel in Livingstone from 19th to 23rd May. The meeting was facilitated by UN staff from New York, Botswana, South Africa and Lesotho. The workshop was attended by planners from government line ministries and the civil society working in the area of advocacy.
The main objectives for the training workshop were to expose the participants to the following:
- Translating the long-term goals such as NDP and the MDGs into operational targets.
- Developing a strategy for increasing absorptive capacity.
- Strengthening coherence between planning and budget processes and guide programming of expenditure.
- Providing a monitoring and accountability framework.
Participants were also introduced to MDG Needs Assessment Tools in the following sectors- Agriculture, Education, Energy, Gender, Health, Justice, Roads, and Water and Sanitation.
Stand Up Speak Out
The MCZ National Facilitator, Rev. Lawrence Temfwe, attended a meeting in Lusaka called by GCAP to meet with Mr Salil Shety, the Global Director of the United Nations Millennium. The purpose for the meeting was to discuss the Stand Up Speak Out event which takes place on October 17th and to gain an insight on what was being obtained at a global level with regard to the attainment of the MDGs.
Monitoring Zimbabwean elections
The MCZ National Facilitator, Lawrence Temfwe, the Executive Director of EFZ, Bishop Paul Mususu, and a Steering Committee Member of Micah Challenge joined one hundred other faith based Elections monitors from different African countries in Zimbabwe from 25th to 31st March to monitor the Zimbabwean elections. During his stay in Zimbabwe, Rev. Temfwe was given a unique role of writing press statements on behalf of the group. Please continue to pray for peace to prevail during the forth coming rerun elections in Zimbabwe.
EFZ General Assembly
The campaign coordinator attended the EFZ General Assembly, which was held at GO Centre in Lusaka from 29th to 30th April. A Micah Challenge report was presented which highlighted the activities which were implemented from 1stApril 2007 to 31st March 2008. The report showed that Micah Challenge Zambia currently has over 700 churches, organizations and individuals who have signed the Micah Call. Moreover, the year 2007 marked the first year of the implementation of the MCZ three year Plan for the period 2007 – 2010. During the same period Micah Challenge was officially launched in Zambia.
September UN Summit
President Levy Mwanawasa is likely to attend a UN High Level conference to take place on 25th September 2008 prior to the UN General Council. The aim of the High Level conference is to bring together world leaders, Civil Society and the private sector to help translate existing commitments to the MDGs into action, and strengthen the accountability of all parties in the global partnership for development. Pray that our President, Dr Mwanawasa, will be able to attend this summit and renew Zambia’s commitment to the MDGs. Micah Challenge Zambia will soon be writing to the President to request him to attend this meeting. We will soon be writing to all MCZ District Steering Committees to give them more information on this UN High Level Conference..
We call on coalition members to take note of the following important dates on the calendar of Micah Challenge Zambia.
September 25th UN High level Conference- We will send you more details on what is being planned soon.
October 17th, Stand Up Speak Out –We have sent out a letter to all district committees. We ask you to look at the events you can do as church. Also look out for activities planned by other civil societies and engage them.
October 12th Micah Sunday- We hoping that all Steering Committees members will ensure that this is observed in the churches they lead.
October 8th: Prayer Gathering
Please organize or participate in prayer gathering.
150 pastors, church leaders, and twenty students met in Kabwe, in the Central Province of Zambia, on Wednesday, May 28, 2008, to learn about and discuss the Micah Challenge program. Micah Challenge, a worldwide Christian initiative to encourage social action within the church, seeks to promote the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) signed by world leaders at the UN meeting in 2000. Various speakers came to present information and provide vision for the attendants who responded through question and answer sessions and group discussion.
Pastor David Muwowo of Kabwe Chapel opened the program with a devotion based on Jesus’ parable of the rich man found in Mark 10:17-22. The rich man in the story became conscious of his unhealthy attachment to material wealth through an encounter with Christ. Pastor Muwowo argued that a true interaction with Jesus should result in conviction and recognition of personal corruption.
Pastor Martin Kapenda gave the first formal speech of the day. He introduced the MDGs and presented the current status of Zambia on reaching the proposed UN goals by 2015. He then highlighted the vision of Micah Challenge to build a global coalition of member organizations, churches, denominations, institutions, and individuals who are committed to engaging in poverty reduction and responding to the biblical call to ‘do justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God’ (Micah 6:8).
The second speaker was the Jubilee Centre’s Executive Director and National Facilitator of Micah Challenge, Pastor Lawrence Temfwe. He exhorted the participants to put into practice the biblical commission to make disciples of all nations while calling on them to live out the greatest commandment to love God and to love neighbor. Fulfilling this call requires integral mission. Such mission, emphasized Pastor Temfwe, seeks to positively affect the entirety of a person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual life with the Gospel. The Church must therefore be relevant to the Zambian context. Relevancy requires engagement in the lives, struggles, and needs of the people, actively working to love them and serving them. He argued that the call to integral mission is based on the work Jesus outlined in Luke 4:18-19. According to this passage, Jesus came to restore relationships. As the body of Christ the Church holds the same mission as Jesus. Therefore, as a body the Church must respond to the MDG campaign not because the UN says so, but because God commands us. Pastor Temfwe offered the attendees practical means to get involved through prayer, signing the Micah Call, and taking action as an individual, church, community, and a nation.
The keynote speaker of the day was Central Province Deputy Permanent Secretary Christopher Mutembo. He called for the government, opposition parties, international institutions, the business sectors, civil society, and the Church to work together towards the MDGs. “To achieve the MDGs, Zambia needs everyone,” exclaimed the Deputy Permanent Secretary. He emphasized the role of the government as an entity for the Church and Civil Society to partner with in development. He also encouraged unity “across denominations, and tribes, across
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“State, Church are partners”
By Times Reporter
Central province Permanent Secretary Denny Lumbama challenged the church to consider the Government as a partner in development and not its rival.
Mr Lumbama said this in a speech read for him by his deputy, Luke Mankapi in Kabwe on 28th May 2008 during the launch of the Central province Micah Challenge Zambia, a national coalition campaigning for poverty reduction and the attainment of the millennium development goals (MDGs).
He said the MDGS could only be met if all partners in development such as the church, civil society, the business sector, as well as trade unions worked as a team and not in isolation.
Mr Lumbama said the MDGs were attainable but such a resolve required seriousness by partners involved the world over.
“Government has and continues to remain steadfast in working towards meeting the MDGs as could be seen by some of the policies it has instituted”.
“We have an HIV /AIDS policy in place that has seen many patients access Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs free of charge and we have also instituted measures aimed at reducing extreme poverty,” said Mr Lumbama.
Mr Lumbama was encouraged to see that Christians throughout the world had realised the need to work with the governments in ensuring that the MDGs were met by 2015.
He commended Micah Challenge Zambia for taking up the initiative to supplement the Government efforts in meeting the MDGs and stressed that this was how it should be for the development of the country.
And Micah Challenge Zambia representative, Martin Kapenda said his organisation was building a coalition of member associations, churches, institutions, and individuals who were committed to engaging in poverty reduction and the biblical call to do justice and to love.
“as coalition of Christians committed to do justice and action, we will help the government meet eight MDG goals that include eradicating extreme poverty, achieving universal education, promoting gender equality and reducing child mortality through our actions,” Mr Kapenda said.
The other goals the organisation would assist the government in attaining were to improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability and develop global partnerships for development.
As a coalition of Christians committed to standing for justice in Zambia, Mr Kapenda said his organisation strongly urged the Government to keep its promise on attainment of the MDGs.
Micah Challenge Zambia was officially launched in Zambia on August 4, 2007 and it is in the process of being launched throughout the country’s nine provinces.
So far the initiative has already been launched on the Copperbelt, North-western, Luapula, and Central Provinces.