A total of 117 inmates comprising of 101 male inmates and 16 female inmates received Christ as their personal saviour at Matchaya prison in Kasungu through an evangelistic effort conducted by Kasungu Central SDA church Women Ministries department which started from 3 July and closed on 16 July 2022.
The main speaker was evangelist Beatrice Magube.
Kasungu Central SDA church Women ministries leader, Ireen Chitsime thanked all the women who took part in contributing resources for the crusade.
"I thank all women who made contributions which made the crusade marvelous. This is encouraging as it is in line with our current Church strategic theme, 'I will go', hence the need to work for our Master." Said Chitsime.
Asked why they chose Matchaya prison, shepherdess Evelyn Mfune said they realised that inmates are also children of God.
"Most of the times we forget our friends in prisons and we don't consider them as important. As Adventist women, we deemed it fit to give them word of God so that they should receive Christ. Also to eat with them and to teach them one or two things about Agri-businesses for them to be self reliant ." Said shepherdess Mfune.
Shepherdess Mfune further urged Adventist women across the country to remember prisoners in their programmes.
Matchaya prison Officer incharge, Jones Singo thanked Women ministries for the good gesture rendered.
"On behalf of the prison institution, I thank Kasungu Central SDA Women ministries for the good job done. We lack many things here and as this is also a reformatory place, we really need inmates to fear God." Said Singo.
Matchaya prison patron who also attended the function thanked the Seventh day Adventist for opening a branch at the prison but warned them against neglecting the work which has just started with 117 new members.
Also in attendance were Pastor Chikondi Matekenya and Shepherdess Gloria Matekenya who were accompanied by Central church members.
Pastor Matekenya called on those who accepted Christ as their personal saviour to fear God and surrender all their burdens to God. He emphasised that Christ is coming soon, as such they are supposed to be serious despite being in prison.
Matchaya prison is just three kilometers away from Kasungu Central church of the Seventh day Adventist Church.