PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has reiterated that no public funds will be committed to the construction of the National House of Prayer but has pledged that Government would do its best to ensure that the Cathedral is built within the estimated time-frame.
President Lungu said the construction of the National House of Prayer to honour God was the right thing to do and that Government was looking at ways to contribute to the construction of the prayer house.
Speaking at the fundraising dinner for the National House of Prayer at Government Complex yesterday, President Lungu said considering the social and economic challenges that Zambia was going through, invoking the presence of God into the nation’s psyche was not only important but also a matter of duty for every Christian.
President Lungu stated that his desire to align Zambia to God was not borne out of his own human desire but instead inspired by the divine leading of the Holy Spirit.
He said it was evident that God had always been interested in the well-being of Zambia and that He (God) had a purpose and plan to prosper Zambia.
The Head of State said it was therefore right for the construction of the National House of Prayer to honour God to take place.
“On behalf of the entire nation, I wish to thank all participating churches, business houses, parastatal bodies, cooperating partners and indeed all well-wishers in advance for your generous financial and material support towards the National House of Prayer. As I stated recently, we as Government will also look at what we can do to contribute to this very important national cause. For the avoidance of doubt, I want to state yet again that whilst I fully support this project as President, as an individual , no state budget is committed to the National House of Prayer,” President Lungu said. He said it was his understanding that God’s intention had always been that Zambia should become a mighty Christian nation that would be a beacon of light and a missionary country.
President Lungu said despite the Challenges Zambia was facing, the country had remained a nation of refuge, hosting many refugees from conflict-torn countries.
He said Zambia had never suffered the kind of civil unrest she had seen elsewhere and that the country had remained one of the most peaceful and friendly places in the world.
President Lungu said it had been the responsibility and joy of Zambia to welcome and host refugees who had found the country their second home during their times of difficulties.