By FFWPU Zambia, Fabrice Djimadoum: Brothers and sisters in Zambia have joined the entire nation observing the National Day of Repentance, Reconciliation, Prayers and Fasting on Sunday 18th October, 2015 from 6AM to 6PM.
All bars, pubs and public business places of entertainment including restaurants and fast-food outlets were closed from in the spirit to enable members of the public to dedicate their time in passionate prayer and fasting.
A special service with Rev. Bakary Camara, East Africa Regional President was held on the same day at Barlastone main church in Lusaka. Some 60 members participated. In his message, he encouraged members to observe this historical and significant day which himself has shown an example through fasting. Our Representatives among hundreds of people have flocked to attend intercessor prayers s at Showground main arena in Lusaka from 1 PM to 6 PM where all religious denominations were represented. During the event, The President of Republic of Zambia, H.E Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the First Republican Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, the fourth Republican President Mr. Rupiah Bwezani Banda, Cabinet ministers joined with ordinary Zambians in praying for God’s intervention in the affairs of the nation at Showgrounds. The Republican President delivered a speech where he declared the date of 18th October to be observed annually as a day of reconciliation, repentance, prayers and fasting and as a public holiday.
Around middle of the day there was unusual phenomenon: a huge rainbow ring around the sun could been seen in Lusaka. Many Christians believe this as a sign from God, a new dawn upon Zambia.
President Lungu declared the day of repentance, prayers and fasting at first speech in the opening of the fifth session at the eleventh Zambian National Assembly on Friday 10th September, 2015.
The purpose of the event is to find solutions to the socio economical changes which are changing anxiety and distress amongst the people.
Zambia is among a rare country in Africa to declare such day.