Analysis: EMELDA MUSONDA
EVERY human being on earth has a purpose for which they were created.
The expectation of our Creator is that each person will utilise their time on earth to discover and fulfil that purpose.
The gloomy reality is that there are people that lived many years on earth and died without a clue of why they were born.
It is also a daunting reality that there are millions of people who are still alive and yet living lives parallel to what God created them for.
Their lives are a mere statistic, as they do not add much or any value to humanity.
A great motivational speaker and author, Myles Munroe, once said, â€œThe greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.â€
When one looks around in families, communities and society as a whole, it is easy to see how people are robbing the world and humanity of the gift God imbedded in them by living purposeless lives .
It is, however, also true that there are distinguished individuals in our society who are indisputably living their lives according to Godâ€™s purpose and are making enormous impact on humanity.
One such person is Apostle Sunday Sinyangwe, founder of Shalom Embassy Ministries and â€œStanding in the Gapâ€, an interdenominational prayer movement.
Apostle Sinyangwe surrendered his life to Christ in 1990 after an encounter with God, where he was exposed to hell.
After his experience, Apostle Sinyangwe answered Godâ€™s call to stand in the gap for perishing souls in the land. Since then heâ€™s been in Godâ€™s Vineyard.
Taking a glance at the apostleâ€™s life, one would conclude that the man â€˜eats, walks and literally livesâ€™ prayer. This is a man who has grace to travail in prayer for long hours non-stop. His life is so devoted to serving and praying for people that one wonders if he has time for himself and family.
For instance, every Sunday he ministers in three services from 07:30 hours to 19:00 hours in his church, Shalom Embassy International, and in between these services he attends to people in need of prayer in his office.
After church his next ministry destination is Radio Christian Voice where he leads prayers on the â€˜Standing in the Gapâ€™ programme at 21 hours and â€˜The Watchmenâ€™ programme every midnight.
When you pass through his office on Wednesdays and Thursdays, you will find queues of people seeking prayer and counselling.
More than often, he is travelling around the country to minister in â€œThe Standing in the Gapâ€ meetings.
And the fact that his church is expanding at a very fast rate, it has birthed a number of branches where he is expected to grace revival prayer meetings time and again. In most cases he will be moving from one branch to another.
Every last Friday of the month, he hosts the massive â€œStanding in the Gapâ€ all night prayer meetings at the Olympic Youth Development Centre.
The international world has also come to appreciate his gift, hence invitations to go and minister in other countries.
One other thing about Apostle Sinyangwe, apart from his humility and prayer lifestyle, is his passion and patriotism to mother Zambia.
Though this man may not be in the media limelight like politicians, those close to him will tell you how much he labours for this country in prayer.
Before and during the just ended elections, apart from sacrificing his sleep by driving to Christian Voice every midnight to pray for elections and the nation, together with other ministers, he also sacrificed so much in fasting.
During campaigns, every time some politicians made negative declarations through the media, he took it upon himself to cancel such through prayer and fasting. This is because as a spiritual watchman he understands that the power of life and death lies in the tongue.
Apostle Sinyangweâ€™s purpose in life is indubitably woven around Ezekiel 22:30 where God declares:â€œI looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.â€
To many Zambians, Apostle Sinyangwe is an answer to Godâ€™s quest for a man to stand in the gap on behalf of the nation. He was born for this reason.
From the time of inception, his ministry has touched millions of people of different echelons through salvation, deliverance, healing and impactful teachings.
At the Night of Freedom prayer meeting held in Lusaka recently, Envoy Gospel Outreach founder, Pastor Choolwe Mudenda, said: â€œWith all due respect, I do not know of any ministry which has humiliated witchcraft in this country like the ministry of Pastor Sundayâ€.
This is a man who has with humility availed himself to be used by God to destroy alters of witchcraft which have kept many in spiritual bondage.
Today, December 2, therefore, presents an opportunity for the body of Christ and the nation as a whole to celebrate and appreciate this gift in the name of Apostle Sinyangwe.
Zambia should be grateful to God that on this day Apostle Sinyangwe was born to fulfil his purpose â€“ to stand in the gap on behalf of the nation and destroy powers of witchcraft.
If many of those who have benefited from his ministry, including this author, could be asked to say a word to this great servant of God â€“ perhaps their words would be summed up in the lyrics of one of Ray Boltzâ€™s gospel trucks, â€œThank you for giving to the Lord, I am a life that was changed.â€
The author is Zambia Daily Mail editorials editor. email@example.com.
Analysis: EMELDA MUSONDA