CWM General Secretary Rev. Dr Jooseop Keum strengthens solidarity with United Church of Zambia (UCZ) during memorable visit

by Cheon Young Cheol

In a significant milestone for fostering unity and knowledge sharing, the Council for World Mission (CWM) General Secretary Rev. Dr Jooseop Keum, embarked on a memorable visit to the United Church of Zambia (UCZ) on 27 June. This visit not only deepened the bond between the two organizations but also provided an opportunity for collaboration and celebration of their shared mission.

Rev. Dr Jooseop Keum led a powerful all-staff devotion at the UCZ, centering on the theme “together towards life.” Drawing inspiration from 1 Corinthians 13:13, Dr Keum emphasized the importance of Faith, Hope, and Love. He urged the congregation to rediscover Faith at the margins, reaching out to those on the fringes of society. Hope was highlighted as an agent of change, encouraging a positive outlook for a better future. The power of Love was emphasized to defeat the politics of fear, fostering unity and compassion within the community.

Following the devotion, a fruitful meeting took place between the CWM General Secretary Rev. Dr Jooseop Keum, CWM Mission Secretary – Ecology & Economy Rev. Daimon Mkandawire and UCZ Heads of Departments, led by Synod Bishop Rev. Sydney Sichilima and General Secretary Rev. Chipasha Musaba. The meeting served as a platform for dialogue and collaboration, strengthening the ties between the organizations.

During the meeting, Dr Keum conveyed greetings from CWM and shared valuable insights into the organization’s life and work. He discussed CWM’s mission, vision, and ongoing programs, emphasizing their commitment to empowering member churches. The General Secretary outlined the organization’s new programmatic structure, which aimed to enhance cooperation, strategic planning, and resource sharing among member churches.

UCZ representatives highlighted their missional work, focusing on the success of the Mission Support Programme (MSP) projects. The Projects Secretary presented the outcomes and impact of these initiatives, showcasing how they have positively transformed communities and improved the lives of the congregants.

The visit of the CWM General Secretary to the United Church of Zambia was a remarkable occasion, solidifying the relationship between the organizations. Through the devotion on Faith, Hope, and Love, and the subsequent meetings with UCZ leadership, both organizations explored avenues for collaboration, shared experiences, and celebrated the successes of their respective initiatives. This visit served as a catalyst for continued growth, unity, and shared mission, as they journeyed together towards life, guided by the values of Faith, Hope, and Love.

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