Below is a screen shot of Bishop Chomba, his wife Gertrude and their younger son waiting to receive greetings from members of the Presbytery in the course of his Farewell Service as he prepares to complete his eight years as Presbytery Bishop. The service was live streamed from St Paul’s United Church of Zambia on 8th November. The following message was sent to be read out during the course of the service on our behalf:
“The Wessex Synod of the United Reformed Church sends its warmest greetings to Bishop Rodwell Chomba and to the Ministers, Elders and Members of the Lusaka Presbytery of he United Church of Zambia: Grace to you and Peace.
We would wish to join with others in testifying to the way in which our God has used Bishop Chomba in the service of the Presbytery and of the whole Church of Christ; and the blessings we ourselves have received through his Ministry. We are so thankful for the ways in which he has embraced the opportunities provided by the link between the Wessex Synod and the Lusaka Presbytery and given his support to the extension and development of the programme.
As he prepares for the next stage of Ministry we assure him of our prayers for him, and for Gertrude and the whole family, confident that the God who calls us to service will bless all his endeavours.
We shall pray too for every Minster and congregation, and especially for our friend Revd Dr Lordwell Siame, as the Presbytery moves to this time of transition.
Yours in the bonds of Christian fellowship: the Moderator, Ministers, Elders and Members of the Wessex Synod of the need Reformed Church.”