Tears of joy flooded Maula prison in Lilongwe on 16 July 2022, after receiving various items organised through Central Malawi Conference of the Seventh day Adventist Church under Lingadzi district and Area 47 churches.
Presenting the donation on behalf of the church, Central Malawi Conference Prison ministries director Pastor Solomon Naliya made reference to Mathew 25:3 which says, 'I was naked and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me'.
One of the beneficiaries, Herbert Byson appreciated the gesture saying it was timely. He thanked the church administration for mobilising the resources which he said signified true love according to Hebrews 13:1.
Byson added that as prisoners, they get moved and humbled when the church reaches out to them to revamp their spiritual life.
Rodgers Makuluni, who is the SDA Church prison Director at Maula, explained that as a church they felt obliged to play a role in helping prisoners with physical and spiritual needs hence the need to mobilise the items to help ease some of the challenges faced at the institution.
He said, "The prisoners have no source of funds that can help feed them."
He then thank the individual churches that had made it possible to mobilise resources saying it showed oneness as a church.
Echoeing the sentiments, the Prison Chaplain Josephy Chisimba said the church has a role to nurture those that are released from prison and are going home to help them start a new life and to keep them busy so that they don't end up committing other crimes.
Pastor Naliya then pleaded with other churches to emulate the example set by Lingadzi district to regularly visit the prison for both physical and spiritual nourishment to prisoners.
Items donated by the SDA church included food and non food items such as shoes, soap, vaseline, basins, soya pieces, pails, and books valued at MK450,000.00 , and clothes.
By Lovemore Andrea, Area 49 SDA Church