Nanjati SDA Church Closes Its Doors But Opens Its Hearts
Motivated by the need to serve the needy and reach out to non-Adventists in their communities, Nanjati Seventh-day Adventist Church closed the church on Sabbath of 24th November, 2018 and redirected its members about 30km away from the church to Kang’oma village, T/A Tsabango in Lilongwe.
Men and women, the youth and children all clad in their uniforms invaded Kang'oma village while singing and carrying bags of assorted items which members had contributed to distribute to the needy, children, widows and the aged.
The reach out and touch Sabbath school which was conducted on the day attracted a lot of villagers. Pastor Noah Tsoka, Chaplain of the Malawi Defence Force gave a powerful sermon on the day. He encouraged Church members to continue emulating Jesus by reaching out to the needy.
In the afternoon, all business in the village came to a standstill as the Dorcas and the Adventist Youth went on a parade, marching around the village while singing and holding bibles in their hands. Immediately after the parade, the members divided themselves into five groups led by Pastor Tsoka and four other church elders. Each group was assigned to visit and share the gospel, distribute food, and sanitary items to five houses. Thus a total of twenty five non-Adventist households were reached on the day.
According to one of the organisers of the event, Comrade Disciple Mleya, the objectives of the event were fulfilled.
''We organised this program for a number of reasons: to spread the gospel to those who do not congregate with us on Sabbath, to support those who are in need of social, emotional and material support, to fellowship with non-Adventists, and share with them our bible beliefs. We are glad God helped us to fulfill this'', Said Mleya.
Speaking in an interview, Pastor Dingani Mfune of Kawale district, said he was very delighted with the reach out program.
Mark Batterson once said, “There comes a moment when praying becomes a form of spiritual procrastination. It's time to stop praying and start acting”.
As Nanjati church, that is exactly what we did. We got the church rallied together so that we could act and make a difference to a community.
Those members that were once upon a time spectators were now able to be in the playing field during this outreach. So to the members, it was moment for them to put their Christianity to practice'', Said Pastor Mfune.
He further said that those that were visited, it meant the world to many of them.
''Some people just want someone to talk to, share a laugh with, and many times they don't even get that. Some can't get to church so we brought the church to them, music, message and wonderful fellowship that left them with a smile. We tried to meet their needs by distributing different items. All in all, it was a day to remember and now the church members would love to do this more often'', he concluded.
Nanjati Church is one of the churches in Kawale district of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.