Members of Lilongwe Central SDA church have donated assorted items towards flood victims in the country.
This follows a call by the Malawi Union Conference; an administrative arm of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Malawi, which called upon all its members in different churches across the country to assist the people that have been affected by floods in different parts of the country.
The donation, which include one hundred (100) bags of maize and seven (7) suitcases of clothes was made through Central Malawi Conference (CMC) which is coordinating all such donations in the central region.
Speaking after receiving the donation on behalf of Central Malawi Conference, the conference’s youth director Pastor Mchewere Banda thanked central church members for the kind gesture describing it as having come at the most appropriate time when flood victims are facing numerous challenges in camps where they are living.
“As Central Malawi Conference, we are very grateful to Lilongwe Central Church for making this donation towards flood victims in the country who are facing numerous challenges in different camps where they are living. As a big church in the Central Malawi Conference, Lilongwe Central Church has set a very good example which I implore upon other churches to emulate”, said Mchewere Banda.
And speaking after making the donation, Lilongwe Central Church Pastor, Pastor Petros Sukali, said as a church, they are mandated to help the needy just as Jesus did hence coming up with the donation. He thanked members of his church for responding positively to a call for donations which was made at short notice.
The pastor’s remarks were collaborated by Personal Ministries Director Pempho Kamwendo who said church members raised about K750,000.00 within a week which they used to purchase the maize.
Heavy rains swept through the country in early March, causing widespread flooding. Several days later, a cyclone with winds over 280 kilometers an hour touched down in the country, destroying homes, roads, infrastructure and crops.
More than 900,000 people have been affected in 15 districts, according to the Department of Disaster Management and Preparedness (DoDMA). At least 60 people died and more than 600 people were injured.
-Henry Gome, Lilongwe Central Church