The Malawi Seventh day Adventist Church President Frackson Kuyama ignited audience at the 53rd Independence Prayers held at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) into handclaps and cheering as he called upon Malawians to thank God in everything. The State President Peter Mutharika was in attendance.
As per his tradition, Ps. Kuyama opened his sermon with a tale of a man who did not look up to see a person who was throwing sweets and money from a tall building, only to turn his head up when the person throwing things finally threw a half brick on the man.
Led by scripture from Luke 17:17, Ps. Kuyama said it is sad that people do not thank God for what He gives until troubles befall. “We do not have to be like this man who only looked up because he was hit by a brick. We have to look up to God for everything He gives us,” Kuyama said.
Ps. Kuyama then advised Malawians to forgive each other because the world is full enmity amongst people, citing Jesus’ trip whereby He passed through Samaria and Galilee, places where their people were not in good relationship. “There is enmity in countries, families and everywhere. Jesus chose to pass through Samaria and Galilee who were in bad relationship to show that Christianity should not be based on enmities,” Ps. Kuyama said.
He added by advising Malawians to turn to Jesus when considered as outcasts by societies, giving an example of biblical people with leprosy who were considered as unclean and outcasts. Ps. Kuyama said Malawians should emulate these people with leprosy who called out to Jesus son of David when the society abandoned them.
Pastor Kuyama represented the Seventh day Adventist church at this year’s National Prayers marking the country’s 53 years of independence.