Apostolic Church directs members to suspend hand shaking during worship
Kafue, Sept 1/14, ZNIS——The New Apostolic Church has directed its members countrywide to refrain from shaking hands after holding gatherings in the wake of the Ebola threat that has already claimed several lives in some parts of West Africa.
In statement signed by Church Country Head, District Apostle, Charles Ndundala, and obtained by ZANIS in Kafue today, the Church says it will fully cooperate with all necessary measures government will put in place in an effort of preventing the diseases from reaching Zambia.
Mr Ndandula says it is important that certain customs, such as hand shaking which is very common during its gatherings as a church, are suspended for now until such a time government advises otherwise.
He stated that it was, therefore, important that the Church takes caution and adhere to the Ministry of Health and cooperate with government.
Mr Ndandula advised members against been arrogant and take the directive as precautionary.
Meanwhile, the Church has donated 20 blankets and assorted goods to the children’s ward of Kafue District Hospital worth K6, 000.00.
Donating on behalf of the Church, Lusaka-Kafue Area Apostle, Michael Milupi, said the Church cannot continue to just preach the word of God without any practical actions.
Mr Milupi said the donation was part of demonstrating love to fellow human beings.
He said the Church chose to donate to the children’s ward because it viewed childhood as a very important stage in one’s life.
He said the church will continue to collaborate with the Ministry of Health in areas such as health education and other areas of importance.
And speaking on behalf of management, Mercy Imakando, said such gestures are always welcomed by the hospital as it cannot rely on government support alone if it is to be effective.
Dr Imakando praised the community of Kafue for their continued support to the development of the hospital.
She urged other well-wishers to emulate the New Apostolic Church and support the hospital in its endeavours of improving service delivery in Kafue.