Freedom in Recovery – Zambia Independence Day celebrations

Shiloh Hands of Hope celebrate

On the 24th October each year the people of Zambia celebrate their Day of Independence following British colonial rule, and in 2019 Shiloh Hands of Hope, through funding from the Potter’s Wheel, brought together the Recoverers groups along with their families, to celebrate their own special freedom.

Growth

Crowds of recoverers and their families celebrating together

The program has grown considerably thanks to the dedication of Pastor Lackson and his team.

In addition all the 12 Step literature has been translated into Tumbuka, the local language, and has been copied so that it is now widely and freely available..

There has been increase to 14 Recovery groups with over 200 members, spread over 10 communities; not to mention the groups comprising spouses and families of those afflicted.

Family fun

Chipyola Recovery Team after Independence Day celebrations

The day of celebrations consisted of many activities, but a main event was a debate on the topic of whether or not illicit drugs should be made legal. This discussion would clarify for all present the suffering and loss associated with the abuse of chemical substances; of lives and relationships ruined.

On a cheerier note, testimonies were given by people whose lives had been transformed by God’s grace, by means of following the 12 Step program. This was not simply restricted to those set free from their addiction to alcohol, drugs or gambling, but extended to spouses and other family members who had reached reconciliation through following the steps.

Food and fellowship

Celebration lunch

The day was made enjoyable by provision of an excellent lunch and once this had been digested there were sports which included cycle racing, football, volleyball and netball.

Recoverers cycle race at Independence Day celebrations October 2019

Telling others about hope and healing

Shiloh Hands of Hope were joined by members of other organisations to enjoy the day, who would learn of the power of the healing process and of lives, families and communities transformed.

Members of various organisations joining with Shiloh Hands of Hope to celebrate freedom

A great Day was enjoyed by all – no beer –  just laughter, fun and fellowship.

To God be the glory and the praise!