By our Reporter
A group that was formed in 2014 in the United Kingdom (UK) by Malawi origin church ministers on Saturday 10th July 2021 held Malawi National Independence day prayers for Malawians based in the UK at the Authentic City Church in Manchester with most of the audience watching online via Facebook live and Zoom.
The prayers were graced by the Malawi High Commissioner to the UK, Mr Kena Mphonda as the guest of honour. Hosted by Elder Dr Boniface Chimpango of Cavalry Family Church UK branch, as the convenor, All started with opening prayer given by Pastor Wilton Kanyenda, a pastor with the Authentic City, Assemblies of God Church.
In his Key note message the Malawi High Commissioner, HE Mr Mphonda retaliated the theme for the 2021 independence day celebration by quoting the speech Malawi State President Dr Lazarus Chakwera gave earlier in the week about this year being a turning point for all Malawians to reflect on the milestones since independence on 6th July 1964 and make it a point to start individually contributing to the economic well being of the country, Malawi.
The program for the day included praise and worship through songs ably done by the team from the host church led by Pastor Chance Munthali, reading of scriptures, a presentation on History of Malawi, speeches, petition through themed prayers for Malawi and preaching.
The first speech for the day was given by the chairman of the Malawi Pastors Forum UK, Bishop Joshus Chiphaliwali who edged all Malawians present, watching and widely, to be more focused in building the nation at the mark of 57 years of independence as the two numbers, 5 and 7 had prophetic significance in Christian beliefs.
He was followed by the Chairman of Malawi Association UK, Mr Hannington Gondwe who represented all the Malawian community members in the UK. In his speech he also quoted the Malawi state Presidents speech for the 2021 independence day in edging Malawians not to be satisfied where they are now which does not reflect much gains for the period 57 years as they look for solutions for economic progress.
There after there was reading of the first and second scriptures by Pastor Dr Easton Simenti-Phiri and Pastor Richard Tembo respectively, for reflection and preaching theme of the day.
Just before the main preaching of the day, Reverend Dr Charles Leyman Kachitsa gave a presentation on the history of Malawi briefly since when the nation was born, received missionaries, went under colonial rule, gained independence to the present. He emphasised on the fact that at some point during the period there had been value added to its people which is what the citizenry must thrive for now to add value to the nation in all spheres including at personal level.
The main preaching conducted by Bishop Dindi Mjojo decried the various ills that have been and in some respects are still there such as corruption. Bishop Mjojo called on all Malawians wherever they are to be more credible and uphold values that would promote clear national development just as had been at various point in the Bible stories of key events for God’s chosen people.
Petitions and prayers for the nation of Malawi came after with Pastor Richard Tembo leading on the theme of ‘Thanks Giving and Health for All. Pastor Mrs Kandulu on the economy, Pastor Chance Munthali on Education, Bishop Dereck Chunda on ‘The people and Leadership’, Pastor Silvano Chilembwe on ‘Unity and Peace’, and finally Elder Boniface Chimpango on ‘The Church in general’.
Closing remarks and benediction were given by the host, lead pastor for Authentic City Church, Assemblies of God, Bishop Dereck Chunda.