In a bid to encourage church members to be watching Hope TV, the Seventh-Day Adventist Mchesi Church has launched a special project dubbed “Watch it in Church” which will see church members and non-Adventists watching Hope Channel Malawi in the church any time of the day, throughout the week.
The project was launched by the church’s Communication Department sponsor Elder Yunos Kamba on Sabbath 29 July, 2017 when the church was commemorating ‘Media Day.’ Elder Kamba indicated that the project will among other things provide an opportunity of watching the church’s official TV to those who do not have Television sets in their homes and is also one way of encouraging members to be contributing towards the sustainability of Hope TV.
“Watch it in church’ will provide an opportunity to all members of the church and non-Adventists including children to watch Hope channel Malawi in the church anytime they feel so. We know some people do not have TV sets at home but through this project everyone will have an opportunity to watch Hope TV,’’ said Kamba.
Speaking later in an interview, the youthful elder further said that the project will also promote contributions towards Adventist Media services. “We can’t rule it out, some people fail to contribute towards the TV actually because they don’t have a privilege of watching it. So giving them this opportunity will possibly encourage members to be contributing towards the operations of the TV station’’, said Kamba.
It is evident that people prefer watching TV as a group other than alone. This clearly shows that apart from enjoying and benefiting from the touching and inspiring music, sermons and bible studies on Hope Channel Malawi, ‘Watch it in church’ project will also help to enhance fellowship among members.
Mchesi Church members have since welcomed the project and immediately contributed K20 000 through cash and pledges for the purchase of Malawi Digital Broadcasting Network decoder popularly known as ‘clear-clear’. When Kamba launched the project a huge Amen was heard from the congregation and several hands were risen when a call was made for financial support towards the project.
Commenting on the project, Mchesi church congregation has commended the coming of the project saying it will help in raising the church’s children in the right way. Mchesi township is known as one the locations in Lilongwe with high levels of moral decay and members are optimistic that having children watching church’s TV daily when they are free, will help to raise them in the way God wants them to grow.
Mchesi church First Elder Nelson Malunda expressed gratitude over the launch of the project saying it will bring Hope Channel Malawi closer to the people. “Beaming Hope TV in the church will bring the television close to the people and will elevate the spirit of watching our TV among members', said Malunda.
Also present at the launch were the Central Malawi conference Communication, Children Ministries and Women Ministries Director Mrs. Chimmwemwe Guluka, her associate director Willan Mkandawire and communication secretaries from Area 47 Area 3,and Kawale churches.
With a membership of close to 600 members, Mchesi SDA church is located at Mchesi Township (Area 8) at the center of Lilongwe city and is a member of Biwi District under the pastoral service of Pastor Mark Adrian Thomo Chisale.