|Vernacular Reformed Conference - 2010|
The organizing committee of the Reformed Baptist Vernacular conference is pleased to inform you of the grace the almighty God bestowed upon us during the conference. This conference has been in existence for nine years. It began with only two reformed Baptist churches and along the way two more vernacular churches has come on board. The conference was held on 1st - 4th April 2010.
Last year, Faith Baptist Church attended the conference for the first time and the numbers of attendees increased in the conference. These churches are growing slowly both spiritually and numerically. Most of the of these churches had attendance of less that 30 people during the worship services. Now the numbers have increased to more than 60 in other churches.
Ladies preparing lunch During the one of the sessions
We are pleased to inform you that this year’s conference had about 150 attendees. The numbers at the conference have maintained with last year's attendance because most people from some churches failed to attend the conference. Not all the members at John Laing Reformed, Chisomo and Faith Baptist churches managed to attend the conference.
We had a wonderful time when our own pastor Lichawa Thole was the main speaker. This year’s theme was Personal, Family and Church Reformation. Pastor Thole called upon each one of us to be reforming. He emphasized that people who are reforming are constant in the word and in prayer. As reformed baptist churches we are reformed and still reforming. During the whole week of the conference, Pastor Thole challenged us repeatedly with vivid examples of where reformation needs to happen in the life of a reformed person. We also had some seminars in the afternoons each day at the conference. Mrs. Clementina Daka from Kabwata Baptist Church handled the subject of reformation in women of the reformed faith , the first day of conference. Mrs. Ngoma from Lusaka Baptist Church (LBC) led the women's seminars and Sunday; while the husband Deacon Solomon Ngoma from LBC led the men’s seminar on the same days. The youths had Brother Emmanuel Bantubonse, a KBC member, now attending Bonaventure Baptist church. He was with the youths throughout the times of seminars. Not to doubt, this young man did well with the subject of reformation in the youths of the reformed faith. The children were also taken care of by our churches” Sunday school teachers. They had a share of their own reformation lessons. The conference ended and we departed for our homes .
Group photo on the last day of the conferenceThe Lord was gracious to us in many ways. We did not experience any an usual situations during the conference. For that we are thankful. Next year we will be having our tenth conference and our prayer is to invite many brethren beyond the vernacular reformed Baptist churches. You will do well to begin praying for us in that regard now.