Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church youths have been challenged to embrace outreach activities if the church is to achieve a meaningful and sustainable church evangelism.
The call was made on Sunday by Pastor Paul Kamgoma of Likuni district of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church when Master Guides donated assorted items to the elderly people at Mbwatalika Village in the area of Traditional Authority Mbwatalika in Lilongwe during the commemoration of the Global Youth Day.
During the event, the youths donated assorted items like sugar, Chitenje, soap, cooking oil, buckets, among other things worthy about K150 000.00 to three widows and retired Pastor Dickson Nkosi.
"Time has come for the youths to go outreach instead of concentrating on in-reach which is not vital for the spiritual development as such we would like to encourage the widows and retired Pastor to remain faithful and appreciate the love of Jesus Christ and His soon coming," Pastor Kamgoma explained.
Speaking after receiving the donation, one of the beneficiaries, the wife of the late Dickson Banda , said they were grateful to the gesture which had come at the right time and will go along way in mitigating some of the challenges they are facing.
"We thank Likuni district and Pastor Paul Kamgoma for leading the group of Master Guides and your effort for remembering us. It is wonderful and history in the making. God bless you," she said.
In her remarks, Likuni District Adventist Youth (AY) Coordinator, Master Guide Catherine Chalira stressed the need for the youths to to join hands in reaching out to the forgotten with a helping hand for them to appreciate the mission of the church to proclaim the gospel.
"The widows and retired Pastors have no means to support themselves, that is why we thought it wise to go out to them in order to help mitigate their daily challenges.
This years Global youth day was commemorated under the theme" Reaching Out To The Forgotten" aimed at empowering the elderly people with words of encouragement from the Bible and basic necessities for them to appreciate the love of Jesus Christ.
By Francis Mkanya