Adventist visit with Angolan leader takes national spotlight

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Adventist visit with Angolan leader takes national spotlight
Adventist visit with Angolan leader takes national spotlight

Seventh-day Adventist Church leader Ted N.C. Wilson sought to meet Angola’s president to thank him for intervening in a horrific case in which six Adventists were falsely accused of kidnapping and extortion.

But he and other church leaders say the Holy Spirit blessed the presidential meeting exceedingly abundantly above all that they could ask or think by using it to put a national spotlight on the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the power of prayer, and the importance of claiming God’s Word in everyday life.

The meeting — during which Wilson prayed for the president and turned to the Bible to encourage him in a war on corruption — resulted in major coverage on television channels and front-page headlines in newspapers.

For one of the six falsely accused Adventists, it was an answer to prayer.

“From the day that I was put in prison, I prayed that God would use the situation to glorify His name to all Angola,” said Burns Musa Sibanda, treasurer of the North-Eastern Angola Union Mission, who spent 62 days in prison. “God has done just that.”

President João Lourenço welcomed Wilson and a small delegation of church leaders to the presidential palace, and Wilson expressed gratitude on behalf of the Adventist Church for his role in the vindication of the six Adventists.

“We thanked him for his intervention in the terrible, false accusations against some of our church leaders who ended up in jail,” Wilson said after the Feb. 13 meeting. “He helped them overcome the corruption in the system so they were liberated.”

Four pastors, including Sibanda, and two laymen were falsely accused of kidnapping and extortion in a case that church leaders and the government have linked to epidemic corruption in the country. One of the laymen died after being brutally assaulted in police custody in an attempt to force him to testify against the others. Angola’s Supreme Court fully acquitted the Adventists in 2019.

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