About 1,500 attended service this morning, more than twice the number our auditorium can seat.
The first Monday and Tuesday each July are holidays in Zambia. Heroes Day and Unity Day. This is mid-winter. Crops have been harvested and sold, and it is four months till next planting season. Christian groups all over Zambia have their conventions, gospel meetings, and camp meetings over “Heroes and Unity” weekend.
One of the speakers said when we started having these lectureships back in the 1970s, he and others walked the 50 miles from his village, Nyawa, to attend. We used to have folks from all over Zambia come, but we did not want them to start thinking Namwianga is the headquarters for churches of Christ. We encouraged them to have their own camp meetings in their own areas. So most of the folks you see in these pictures are local villagers and farmers who walked here for the event. We do have one couple from Namibia and one preacher from Zimbabwe. I don’t know how they heard about our meeting.
The guys serving Lord’s Supper had quite a challenge! And crowds still came in through the sermon. Finally (during the sermon) one man strolled around, cup and plate in hand, seeking those who had been missed.