–Government has commended the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church for its efforts in taking care of the poor in society.
Kapiri Mposhi District Administrative Officer, Jackson Mutale, said the Church has demonstrated its crucial roles of assisting the needy and supplementing government’s efforts in uplifting living standards of the people in the district.
Mr Mutale said this during the SDA Church’s Kapiri Mposhi North District Dorcas Mothers and Adventists Men Organization (DORCAMO) community service where the Church donated clothes and food stuffs to the aged and Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) yesterday.
The DAO commended the SDA Church for its dedication to fighting social injustices against children and the marginalized in the district, adding that by doing this the Church was promoting conditions in society that are favourable to creating stable family life and protection of children.
He noted that the Church has continued to demonstrate its definite significance of caring for the needy in society by partnering with government in the provision of social services.
“As much as government has a mandate to provide social safety nets to society, its budget is heavily constrained, hence we are delighted to note that some institutions, such as the SDA, are directly helping the needy in society,” Mr Mutale said.
Meanwhile, Mr Mutale challenged the Church to work together with government to create a morally upright society in the country.
He also urged the Church to foster partnerships aimed at abating cases of child abuse, GBV, alcohol and drug abuse among other social-ills in the district.
And SDA Kapiri Mposhi North District Pastor, Mathew Kapenya, said the Church was compelled to help the needy in the district in order to fulfil the Biblical demands of the church.
In his devotion, Pastor Kapenya said the Church understands that it should always help the needy in society and emulate the life of Jesus Christ who willingly sacrificed his life for human kind.
Pastor Kapenya said the SDA Church will maintain its ground by ensuring that it uplifts the lives of the underprivileged and marginalized in society.
“The church at large should work for the poor people and always labour to uplift lives of those who are underprivileged or marginalized through social works,” Pastor Kapenya said.