Central Malawi Conference (CMC) of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church has commended its youth for their commitment to serve the Lord.
The sentiments have arisen as youths in various SDA churches in central region conducted investiture and induction programs on Saturday, 9 February this year.
On this day, 100 youths got invested for being successful in their 2018's Adventist Youth Ministry (AYM) examinations and over 300 were inducted to join various AYM achievement classes at Tambalale, Likuni, Salima Central, Area 23, Bunda SDA and other congregations.
According to the Chairperson for CMC Youth Department Comrade Khalani Makunje, this development is a sign that young people are progressing in their AYM education and are committed to work for the Lord.
Makunje elaborated that total youth involvement will positively impact the development of the church as the youth will hasten the mission of preaching the gospel to the whole world.
Makunje said, "When young people get inducted they publicly declare that they are ready to obey the guiding rules of their respective clubs and are willing to work for the Lord in different calls in that particular year."
"As Ellen White said, our youth if properly trained are such a great army which can quickly finish the work of the gospel”, he added.
It has also come to light that nowadays the church is supporting its young people to lead in different positions and activities.
Speaking in an interview, Salima church AYM Leader Steve Chisuse said there are more expectations that this year the Youth department will surpass previous years' achievements by ensuring that youths have adequate resources and ample time for learning in preparation of 2019's examinations.
Adding on this, Vice Chairperson for Lilongwe City Zone Youth department who is also AY Leader for Likuni SDA Church Patrick Ndovie thanked church leadership for supporting AY ministry in their respective churches.
“It is interesting to note that the church has now understood the significance of youth empowerment. We are now given a platform to prove that we can also contribute to church's development”, he said.
Speaking on behalf of those who were invested and inducted, Danford Kaloswa from Likuni SDA Church said the team understands the importance of serving the Lord hence they sacrifice their time to do the needful.
"We learn a lot of things in our clubs that have great impact in our lives. Not only spiritual lessons, but we also learn some academic topics that help us to perform better at school", said Kaloswa.
Meanwhile, parents have been asked to register their children to the Adventist Youth Ministry and witness the positive changes these children will bring to their societies.
Adventist Youth ministry started hundreds of years back and is aimed at engaging the youth in various activities such as charity works, spiritual wellness, academic excellence and social development.