Friday, April 26
Malawi has not escaped these challenging times! Life is being extinguished daily due to an ongoing shortage of fuel. Businesses have nearly come to a standstill, and the sick are unable to reach the nearest clinic in time to save lives. The national currency continues to plummet in value, and the cost of basic commodities increases beyond the reach of most people. Corruption is everywhere. The government rules with an iron fist, through the violent suppression of human rights. The U.S., U.K., and other nations have responded with sanctions, cutting off economic aid that accounts for 40 percent of the nation’s budget.
The Synod of Livingstonia of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian is struggling to find the resources to keep its medical, development, and educational programs afloat. This includes the University of Livingstonia College of Theology, where we have been failing to pay student allowances and faculty salaries.
Amazingly, from this crucible of affliction flows hope and new life. A stronger sense of community has developed among our faculty and students.
Friends near and far are living in solidarity with us and encouraging us through prayer, email, phone calls, financial gifts, and even the occasional warm embrace from those who travel through the bush and across the ocean to be present with us.
Our hearts are lightened as our burdens are shared by the body of Christ. We celebrate the recent University of Livingstonia graduation. Five students in the College of Theology and 50 in the College of Education received bachelor degrees. They are now serving as pastors of congregations and secondary school teachers. New life abounds!
—Rev. Deborah A. Chase, PC(USA) mission co-worker, Mzuzu, Malawi
Let us join in prayer for:
Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), General Assembly: Mr. Wilson Njewa, caretaker • CCAP, Blantyre Synod: Rev. Mercy Chilapula, moderator, Rev. Alex Maulana, general secretary, Rev. Cliff Nyekanyeka, deputy general secretary • CCAP Livingstonia Synod: Rev. Clifford Baloyi, moderator, Rev. Levi N. Nyondo, general secretary, Rev. Maurice C. E. Munthali, deputy general secretary • CCAP Nkhoma Synod: Rev. Vasco Kachipapa Banda, moderator, Rev. Davidson K. Chifungo, general secretary, Rev. Chirwa, deputy general secretary • Ekwendeni, Embangweni, David Gordon, Mulanje, and Nkhoma hospitals • Malawi Council of Churches: Rev. Dr. Osborne Joda-Mbewe, general secretary • Zomba Theological College: Rev. Leonard C. W. Katundu, principal, Rev. Joseph P. V. Mwale, vice principal, Rev. Gertrude A. Kapuma, dean of studies
Presbytery Partnerships: Presbytery of Eastern Oklahoma, Presbytery of Northern New York, and Olympia Presbytery, with CCAP, Livingstonia Synod; Pittsburgh Presbytery and Presbytery of Missouri River Valley, with CCAP, Blantyre Synod
Let us pray
Gracious God, you call us to be Christ incarnate. We are to be the compassionate heart and hands of Christ. We are the loaves and the fishes that will give hope and life during these challenging times. Amen.