While visiting in Lilongwe for the first time, the Kupus held a devotional with the members of the Lilongwe District. There were about 200 members present. A role play of how members should invite non-members to church was presented. Also, the branch and district leaders were instructed on what they should do when a non-member attends church for the first time.
While visiting Blantyre to meet the missionaries, the Kupus held a devotional to meet the members. President Kupu encouraged the members to become more involved in missionary work and to get referrals to the missionaries.
We are so blessed to have eight new wonderful missionaries come to join us in the GZLM! They are Elder Thomas, Elder Olsen, Elder Fuller, Sister Ntwe, Sister Chibase, Elder Tidwell, Elder Batson and Elder Chingwara! We are soooooo excited you have come to join us in this wonderful work!
Sister Ntwe and Elder Olsen are serving in Lusaka, Elder Thomas and Elder Fuller are serving in the Copperbelt, Sister Chibase and Elder Chingwara are serinv in Blantyre and Elder Tidwell and Elder Batson are serving in Lilongwe.
A FOND FAREWELL
On July 12, five of our wonderful Zambia Lusaka missionaries returned to their family and friends after completing successful and honorable missions. The missionaries were Elder Owor, Elder Collins, Elder Tayembi, Elder Sagers and Elder Cunningham. They were able to serve a few short week with President and Sister Kupu. They will be missed and we wish them well!
The missionaries who transferred down from Malawi were invited to the dinner. They would not be in Malawi when President visits and they were in Malawi when President did the "Meet the President" meeting in Lusaka. So he wanted an opportunity to meet them. The missionaries are Elder Kububa, Elder Knobloch, Elder Majekodunmi and Elder Salyards.
The main dish for the meal was a roasted pig cooked Tongan style! Thank you, Junior, for your awesome chef skills!
Sister Kupu also made other delicious food which was enjoyed by all!
The next stop for meeting the missionaries was to visit the Copperbelt Zone where President and family met with all missionaries serving in Kitwe, Luanshya, Ndola and Kawama Districts.
The missionaries waited quietly and reverently preparing to meet
President and Sister Kupu.
The love of the Kupus for the missionaries is felt when meeting them the first time. They are so happy to be here in Zambia serving the Lord by working with and loving the missionaries! The missionaries equally extend their love and support to President and Sister Kupu. President Kupu reminded us that the true leader of this mission is our Savior, Jesus Christ!
A pretty awesome group of missionaries if ever there was one!
However, they DO have their CRAZY side!
They returned safely to Lusaka to prepare for upcoming transfers and their next trip which will be to Lilongwe and Blantyre to meet the missionaries there!
We were all very excited to welcome President and Sister Kupu and were anxious to get to know them. They facilitated that excitement by calling a short "get to know us" devotional starting with the missionaries in Lusaka. It was wonderful to meet their family through pictures and to also see pictures of the beautiful country of Tonga. They said Zambia is much like Tonga in climate and environment--minus the beaches, of course! We know they will love it here!
Who knew that Tonga has 136 islands, but only 36 of them are inhabited! Tonga was never colonized and so has a King and Queen. The church started in Tonga in 1891. There are 19 stakes there, and about 50% of the people are members of the church. In 1916, a mission in Tonga was created. We loved learning about the Kupus and their Tongan culture.
President Kupu's vision for the mission includes being a "Preach My Gospel" mission and a "Read the Book of Mormon" mission. He challenged the missionaries to read the Book of Mormon twice every year. Since the year is half over, we should be through it once already and starting on the second time for the year. Some of us have some catching up to do!
He emphasized that our goal is teach repentance, baptize converts and establish the church in Zambia and Malawi. In order to teach repentance, we each need to have a broken heart and contrite spirit and repent ourselves.
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