PEACE INITIATIVE – ZAMBIA

Dear friends,today the 16th of May 2015 marks marks the official beginning of campaigns for Presidential,Parliamentary,Executive Mayor and Councillor offices across the nation. We once again have an opportunity to exercise our democratic rights and show the world that we … Continue reading

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“Awakening” 2015 Convention,Kabwe- Zambia

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The time has come once again by the grace of the Lord, for God’s children to gather together and worship Him in Kabwe,Zambia.
The “Awakening” Convention, takes place only once in a year and this time it’s from the 10th to the 12th of July 2015. The venue will be The Rose of Sharon’s HQ at Faith Tabernacle in Kabwe-Zambia.
It’s a time of bliss in the precence of God,times of refreshing and upliftment.It is a lot more than revival;it is indeed “Awakening“,getting back to God’s original design and purpose for His church and the nation. It’s a time not to be missed by all who are
hungry for more of God! “Awakening time is now and now is the awakening time.”

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Bravo – Zambians in the Diaspora.

Peace is relative in various places and situations. It may also be defined as not only the absence of war but a conducive environment for human development.

Reading an article published in the Zambia Daily Mail (07.02.12) entitled, Government needs a strategy to engage Zambians in the Diaspora by Daniel Mwamba (UK Zambians), prompted me to express some thoughts about Zambians in the Diaspora and government’s attitude towards them.

Many Zambians that find themselves in the Diaspora manage to go out at great cost and sacrifice -financially, socially and emotionally. Often properties are sold to raise money for air tickets etc, family ties are compromised due to the physical absence of those leaving in search of greener pastures not to talk about the emotional strain suffered by all.

On the one hand, is obviously the question of loss of manpower or the so called brain drain which is a minus for the nation. But on the other hand is the investment that accrues from those earning a living abroad. While developed nations value and reward academic excellence and professionalism, we in the developing world reward the same with blatant contempt leaving our brothers and sisters little choice but to soldier on in their often not so friendly environments (in the diaspora)

According to the article by Daniel Mwamba quoted earlier, The World Bank said that,” in 2010, Zambians in Diaspora remitted more than $350 Million to support the families they left behind. That’s more than all the money Zambia receives in international aid from donors yearly, more than all the money local Zambian workers earn in Zambia.” Surely, this must be food for thought for all development minded Zambians especially those in government.

Could it be mere coincidence that Zambia’s first lady, Dr Christine Kaseba also spoke  pro – Diaspora in her tour of the Netherlands covered by the Zambia Daily Mail (Home news) 07.02.12?This is what she is reported to have said, “We need foreign exchange for our economy to improve. Ethiopia is being transformed by resources being poured into the country by Ethiopians in the Diaspora.”

She furthermore is reported to have said, “President Sata is keen to work with people in the Diaspora, he is counting on you to provide part of the solutions.”

While it may be mere coincidence that her pro – Diaspora comments and Daniels Mwamba’s article were published on the same day by the same paper, the first lady’s report about the President’s stance on the issue may to an extent be indicative of  government’s policy on Diaspora citizens. If it is indeed government policy , then we can say we are headed in the  right direction as a nation because one may logically deduce that the  “magical” replacement of donor aid which is on the decline due to tough economic times could be Diaspora Bonds.

The writer highlighted the role Diaspora Bonds can play in saving money for individuals and creating revenue for the government to render essential services. Diaspora Bonds work more like Government Bonds which many Zambians are familiar with. Indeed, Diaspora Bonds can increase opportunity for Zambians to increase resources for development and also empower Zambians abroad to invest more.

I happen to have leaved in the Diaspora briefly and have a number of relatives and friends abroad and so have firsthand experience in some of the challenges encountered. Naturally there are many challenges associated with leaving outside the confines of the borders of one’s country of origin. But the major ones include issues of alienation, cultural differences and language barriers to name but a few. Coupled with the afore mentioned is the issue of documentation necessary for one to legally leave abroad.

Processing of National Registration Cards, Passports, visas, work/study permits can often be a nerve racking experience to deal with. Government support and goodwill in the processing of some of the above mentioned documents in cases of replacement, renewal and correction etc could go a long way in enhancing the positive contribution of our nationals leaving abroad to our economy. Many in the Diaspora have felt let down by their own government in the processing of documents due to too much beaurocracy even in seemingly straight forward cases.

Zambian Embassies, High Commissions and other relevant offices abroad could be more sensitive, responsive and supportive  to our citizens  in the Diaspora, for they are already vulnerable due to their status. Stability and contentment in the Diaspora is stability and contentment at home.

We salute all our brave brothers and sisters living in the Diaspora, we are proud of you! We appreciate the hospitality and care of all your hosting nations and governments. We have confidence in both the patriotism and pragmatism of our current Patriotic Front government under His excellence President Michael Chilufya Sata to support and act on your behalf to make your lives easier and your sacrifice worthwhile.

Bravo Zambians and all Africans in the Diaspora! Bravo all nationals living in the Diaspora, we are all just “ONE GLOBAL VILLAGE.”

 

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Peace initiative – on International Criminal Court.

It is our opinion that the International Criminal Court must be impartial in it’s handling of war situation evaluations across the globe. There needs to be a clear cut criteria as to what constitutes war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The trend as of now  appears to be extremely ambigous and biased against those that are not in good books with the West especially in Africa.A few examples are Laurent Gbagbo, Al Bashir, and late Khadafi who all seem to be at variance with the western world.Khadafi’s dearth still remains a mystery with western forces allegedly implicated in his killing.

Outara,Gbagbo’s opponent in the troubles that erupted after the contentious elections in Ivory coast seems untouchable despite allegations of crimes against humanity on both parties in the aftermath of the National elections,while Gbagbo is at the Hague for trial.

Syria’s Assad and the Bahrainy monarchy are as free as birds despite dispeakable  acts of atrocity against unarmed civilians protesting against the corrupt regimes peacefully.Bush and Tonny Blair remain unquestioned over their responsibility for the dearths of multitudes of people in Iraq,Afghanistan,libya and Pakistan.

The above scenarios and much more of the like are indicative of the need for the reformation of the power structures and operations of the United Nations which currently is nothing more than a rubber stamp of the powerful western world.

Promotion and sustenance of Peace requires justice and impartiality in the way matters are dealt with at every level especially internationally.We need to see positive change in the cases and persons the ICC is prosecuting.

The United States of America and Britain must desist from assuming the role of world Police and Judge if we are going to live trouble free lives in the world today.What has made the US a great country has been”goodness”,which it is fast losing for the worse.In his book,Descent into Slavery,Des Griffin – wrote (p267) Alexis De Toqueville, a young French philosopher of the last Centuary came to our shores to discover what magical quality enabled  a handful of people to defeat the mighty British Empire twice in 35 years.He looked for the greatness of America in fertile soil,her limitless forests and natural resources.He examined America’s schools,her congress and her unique constitution without fully understanding the source of America’s strength.

It was not, he said later,until he went to the churches of America and found congregations aflame with righteousness,that he began to comprehend the secret of this power.Upon his return to France,De Tocqueville wrote: “America is good and if America stops being good,it will cease to be great.”

The question i now pose to the world’s only supper power is, will it dare take another course and cease to be good at the expense of greatness or remain good and great?Let us all cherish peace and pray for peace! Let us ask the only Prince of peace – Jesus Christ to reign peace in our world.

I send all our readers wishes and prayers for personal peace in the coming year as we enter the”season of divine governmental order and new beginnings.”

Shalom,Shalom.

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Peace initiative – Zambia

It is exactly one month since the last tripartite elections were held in Zambia,time seems to fly by.We want to return all glory to God for the relative peace which characterized these elections.The current trend on our beloved continent, Africa is violence and instability after any elections.We are convinced that a paradigm shift is possible in the way politics are conducted and this will show maturity of the democratic process in Africa.

We congratulate all stake holders in the previous elections and hasten to say there has been no loser under the circumstances we find our selves in as a nation.This is a win win situation for all Zambians and we must look forward to developing our country whether in the opposition or ruling party.Hats off to all NGO’s, political parties,the church,security forces and the entire civil society for saying,” NO” to violence and promoting peace before,during and after the elections.

The current ruling Party (Patriotic Front) deserves to be congratulated for all the hard work and determination shown to scoop the elections in such a remarkable manner.The general concencus was that no single political party was capable of dislodging the former ruling party (MMD) which had the entire government machinery behind it having ruled the country for the last 20 years!

We trust that this change will bring a meaningful difference to the many Zambians who went to vote in hope for better life.Our appeal to the new government is to embress all Zambians regardless of political affiliation and religious inclination.The onus to foster and maintain peace in the nation rests primarily on the ruling party which is currently in control of government machinery.

It need not be said that every patriotic Zambian has the responsibility to promote and maintain peaceful co- existence in our nation,for we have no other Zambia to run to once we squander the opportunity to leave peaceably. (To be continued)

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Welcome to Rose of Sharon Ministries Website.Its our prayer that you will find these Web-pages  a blessing, we advise you not to hesitate to invite  your friends and relatives to visit us.

We are an evangelistic ministry in the heart of the Republic of Zambia, Southern Africa. Our mission is two fold: to preach the word of God to the lost and to disciple them.  Mathew 28 v 18-20.

Our vision is to see multitudes coming into the kingdom of our lord Jesus Christ and putting them under responsible pastoral care. We do this in our churches and other bible believing churches. Revelation 7 v 9—10.

We are  passionate about unreached places of the world due to economical, political and geographical locations.

In the pursuance of our God ordained vision and mission, we find it  of cardinal importance to work in partnership with organizations and ministries of similar objectives all over the world.

 

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