The Central Malawi Conference (CMC) Communication department of the Seventh-day Adventist church on Saturday 8th March 2019, awarded Church communicators from different districts within the central region of Malawi for the commitment and hard work they have shown in the year 2018.
The colourful award ceremony took place at Nalikule College of Education during a three day CMC Adventist Communicators Conference.
The recognitions went to the best communicator of the year, second best communicator of the year, third best communicator of the year, best editor of the year, best communicator of compliance, best photographer of the year, best videographer of the year, communicator with most submitted stories, most improved communicator of the year, best exhibitor of the year, most improved church of the year, and most supportive church of the year.
Speaking after the ceremony, Central Malawi Conference (CMC) president, Pastor John Phiri congratulated them for the achievements and urged them to work extra hard.
“I urge all the awardees not to relax but rather forge ahead for the better. This is just the beginning of a new chapter that is ahead of you, so don’t give up but rather explore new ideas so as to improve from where you are now”, said pastor Phiri.
He further said the idea is not to show off but rather appreciate the good work that these communicators have been doing, working tirelessly in the year 2018.
“We organised this ceremony to appreciate the outstanding performers, but also to encourage and motivate other communicators to work hard and achieve what others have achieved today”, he explained.
Phiri further added that as Church, they value communication the most because the department helps in sharing of the gospel.
“The idea is to share the word of God. We need tools, platforms, and strategies that we can use to reach people far from us. So communicators are there to help us spread the gospel through stories, videos as well as pictures”, added Phiri.
Pastor Phiri then urged all other communicators to work with diligence, and put much effort in all their work.
One of the communicators, Jackson Maclay, from Bunda church who got three awards in best communicator of the year, communicator of compliance, and communicator with most submitted articles said he was glad with the prizes he received.
“I appreciate what the Communication department has done. The secret is that you have to be committed and have passion in what you do. If you do these things, you are good to go”, said Maclay.
Maclay added that he will not stay quite but work extra hard to succeed more.
“I will work extra harder than before because I am much motivated now and the prizes that I have received today will help me produce good work” added Maclay.
Maclay then encouraged his fellow communicators not to underrate themselves but rather have confidence, and believe that they can make a difference.
As best communicator of the year 2018, he received a Lenovo tablet. The second best and third best performers received a Canon digital camera and an Itel smart phone respectively. These prizes were sponsored by a private firm.
CMC Communication department started recognizing its communicators in 2018 at a similar event where they awarded best communicator, second best communicator, creative writer and most supportive church of the year 2017.
Eight Five delegates attended the 2019 Communicators conference.Veteran Journalists Owen Lupeska,Edith Tsirizani and Tithokoze Khonyongwa were some of the facilitators.