|Abigail's tombstone prior to the unveiling|
When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
“It is well, it is well, with my soul”
|Mr Kapanji preaching the Word of God|
Below are the tributes given by Abigail’s husband, Levi, and by her eldest son, Isaac, who were both present for the occasion.
|Levi Zulu with their son, Isaac, after the unveiling of the tombstone|
It was this time last year that you passed through your garden and picked up one of your choice roses by the foothill of a small village outside Mansa. That rose was:
1. A loving wife. I had enjoyed 28 years of happiness with a friend who made me laugh and shared my aspirations in spiritual work and service to God’s people. She was truly a good wife who made me very glad. She was a pillar of support in family matters and came to the assistance of one and all without distinction. She was a wonderful person to know as a wife.
|Jennipher Kapanji, Anne Themba's daughter, Joyce Hibajene, Esther Mbao reading tributes|
3. A business partner. At work, she shielded me from situations that would have worn me down. She would detect anxiety in me over certain situations and would come down the steps of my office with her usual cheerful greeting of ,“ Yes, ba Daddy,” and would go on to steady my nerves about the particular situation. The office would hear her characteristic laugh as she would joke with the Gardener and Director alike.
4. A spiritual partner. She was a true partner in gospel preaching and in the work of the Lord from the humble labours at Mufulira’s Pax Hall Assembly, through to Lilanda Gospel Hall, on to Katete, Lilanda again, then Gaborone, Selebi Phikwe and Lilanda. She made our home fellowships very easy by readily opening our home to one and sundry and to Assembly gatherings.
5. A loving Daughter. She had constant concern for parents from both our sides and would often meet needs that I was not even aware of. She was a loving and caring daughter.
There are many attributes that I could go on to describe with respect to the friend that she was, the neighbour that she was, the Auntie that she was and the spiritual mother that she was to many but time would fail me.
|Levi Zulu laying a wreath on his late wife Abigail's tombstone|
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Mum was always loving and caring. She would never stop giving advice. How I remember how she would spend long hours in my room even after the family had prayed together to close the night. She would come into my room and continue long into the night sharing the word of God and giving me advice about life.
She had such a concern for us as her children and would be affected by each of our situations. We knew that she was praying for us. On one occasion when she was with me in Perth, this is what she wrote on 20th November 2009:
|Levi standing with friends from their university days 30 years ago|
As you will be facing your last exam for the semester, listen to this...2 Corinthians 12 vs 9. God says here that “My grace is sufficient for you for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” God is great and He gives grace to do, manage and to bear up in all life’s circumstances. He alone is strong above ALL, the God of grace and full of compassion; our dependable God who is from everlasting to everlasting; God who loves you so dearly and tenderly. May He cause you to excel and be successful in this exam and cause your life to shine for Him. Always give thanks to Him for all things. Loving Mum.”
Such was Mum’s constant concern and care for me and my brother, sister and cousins. May her soul rest in eternal peace.