Ambassador Palan Mulonda of Zambia speaks at a luncheon in his honor at the Seventh-day Adventist Church world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland on July 27. Elder Ted Wilson (left) president of the Adventist world church, looks on. Photo: Mylon Medley

Adventist Ambassador to Take on High Judicial Role

Ambassador Palan Mulonda, Zambia's ambassador to the United States of America, visited the Seventh-day Adventist Church world headquarters July 27 to visit with church leaders and to attend a luncheon in his honor. Ambassador Mulonda, an Adventist Church member, is a longtime human rights advocate, an expert in international and constitutional law, and through the years he has served his country in many different public roles. His three-year stint in Washington D.C. as ambassador, however, will soon end when he returns to Zambia to take up a position on his country’s highest judicial tribunal as one of seven justices of the Constitutional Court.

Ambassador Mulonda was invited to the Adventist Church headquarters by Dr. Ganoune Diop, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty director for the Adventist world church. In welcoming the ambassador, Dr. Diop described him as someone who had distinguished himself within the diplomatic community.

“I believe God has moved you from the diplomatic world to the judicial sphere to fulfill his purposes,” said Dr. Diop," which will unfold as you serve justice in light of his revelation and according to your country's constitution."

Dr. Diop said that God has raised individual Adventists to serve in nearly every branch of governments around the world—executive, legislative and judicial.

“The world is in need of a spiritual compass, moral leadership and direction,” he said, “and what we, as Adventists, bring to the table of nations is a distinctly Seventh-day Adventist focus on God's revelation, worldview, and moral vision.”

Elder Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the world church, also attended the luncheon and assured Ambassador Mulonda of the prayers and support of the worldwide Adventist family as he takes up his new judicial responsibilities.

BETTINA KRAUSE | Communication Director
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