Friday, May 16
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Daniel, 24, graduated from Cavendish University in Lusaka, Zambia, in July 2011 with a BA in economics. While helping him edit his resume, I learned that he was serving as treasurer of Kaunda Square congregation of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian–Synod of Zambia (CCAP Zambia) and that he had been working with the CCAP Zambia HIV/AIDS department educating Zambian youth about prevention and voluntary counseling and testing. In his resume Daniel described himself as “self-motivated, with a strong appreciation for, and belief in, NGO capacity to improve the welfare of Zambians at the community level.” From a North American perspective, Daniel’s leadership characteristics, social consciousness, and academic achievements qualify him as an excellent candidate for an entry-level professional position.
Unfortunately for Daniel—and for his parents, who sacrificed for his education—jobs in Zambia are hard to come by. Six in 10 Zambians live below the poverty line, and 66 percent of the population is under 25 years old. So even though the number of young people able to afford a college education is limited, there are many applicants for every available position.
Daniel managed to find work for several months as a technical advisor for a fledgling NGO implementing an HIV/AIDS project. But then the project ended. With characteristic hope and faith, he is filling his time between job leads by helping the CCAP Zambia HIV/AIDS department write funding proposals.
Daniel lives by God’s promises, including the promise of fullness of life for God’s people. May he—along with so many youths in Zambia—rejoice in the fulfillment of God’s promises.
—Elder Nancy Collins, PC(USA) regional liaison for East Central Africa
Let us join in prayer for:
Church of Central Africa Presbyterian– Synod of Zambia (CCAP Zambia): Rev. Chizason Chunda, moderator, Rev. Maleka Rabson Kabendama, general secretary, Mr. Isaac B. Ngulube, general treasurer • Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa–Presbytery of Zambia (UPCSA Zambia): Rev. Jane Nyirongo, moderator, Rev. Nkosi Panji, clerk, Elder Manuel Harawa, general treasurer • Christian Hospital Association of Zambia: Mrs. Kereni Sichingé,director • Justo Mwale Theological University College: Dr. Edwin Zulu, rector, Dr. Lameck Banda, dean • Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation: Dr. William Temu, director • Theological Education by Extension in Zambia: Rev. Kangwa Mabuluki, director • United Church of Zambia: Rev. Peggy Mulambya-Kabonde, general secretary
Presbytery of Philadelphia, with CCAP Zambia and the UPCSA Zambia
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God of abundance, we pray you will shower abundant life on Daniel and all the youths in Zambia who are struggling to make a living. Fill these young people with your peace and joy. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.