24 Years On;Gulliver SDA Church Dedicated To The Lord
By Yunos Kamba
Members of Gulliver Seventh-day Adventist Church have been urged to remain faithful, united, and dedicated to the Lord.
The President of the Malawi Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church, Frackson Kuyama made the call on Monday, 8th July 2019, during the dedication ceremony of Gulliver SDA Church in Lilongwe.
“A beautiful church like this reflects your unity, faithfulness, and dedication to God’s work. You all gave your resources towards the construction of this church. Today as you are now handing it over to God through this dedication ceremony, I urge you to dedicate your hearts to Him too”, Said Pastor Kuyama.
He further appealed to church members to avoid segregation in the house of the Lord.
“Jesus died for all of us. There is no Jew, Greek, man or woman. We are all Children of God. For this reason, this house will be used to preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to everyone.
The leaders should value the life of every Christian regardless of the different statuses, and strive to save the lost sheep just like the good shepherd of the Bible did when he left ninety-nine sheep to look for one that was lost. No deacon/deaconess should bar anyone from entering this church because of their appearance”, he said.
He further encouraged the spirit of delegation among the leaders to ensure that God’s work does not suffer.
The resident Pastor of Gulliver SDA church, Pastor Julius Chambwe said that he felt honoured to lead the congregation in dedicating the church to the Lord.
‘’I am the fifteenth Pastor to serve at Gulliver Church. I commend all pastors who served this church before me. They all made great contributions, and I salute them all. It’s a great privilege that the church has been dedicated during my service”, said pastor Chambwe.
Pastor Henderson Kabambe who laid the foundation of the church in 2004 said he was very pleased that he had lived to see the dedication of the Church.
“Having lived to witness the dedication of this beautiful church, my greatest wish is to enter through the most beautiful gates of Heaven when Jesus comes again. This should be the wish of every member of Gulliver. What shall it benefit members of this church to miss heaven after worshipping in this beautiful church?” asked retired pastor Kabambe.
Gulliver church started as a branch on 10th April 1994 with twelve families who were worshipping under a sausage tree (mvunguti) before moving to Kalonga Primary school.
The foundation stone for the current church was laid down on 18th October, 2004. The magnificent church has been built at a total cost of three hundred seventy four million and two hundred thousand Kwacha (374,200,000).