following comes from the report by Mrs
on the recent Chiyanjano
(Women's Fellowship) visit to Zambezi Evangelical Churches
in the Northern Region. Millie Jumbe is the Chair of
the Chiyanjano in Malawi. The aim of the visit was to
see how the women's ministry in the Zambezi Evangelical
Church (ZEC) is progressing in northern Malawi. Together
with Mrs Jumbe, the visiting team were Mrs Kaumphawi,
Mrs Mikundi and Mrs. Phiri. They were accompanied by
Pastor Simon Chikwana of
and Pastor Gerald
Malinda, the Deputy Chair of ZEC. The distance from
Blantyre to the furthest point visited (Chitipa) is
950 kilometers (594 miles).
During the visit, the Chiyanjano leaders trained local ZEC women's group
The objectives of the Chiyanjano ministry
Living healthy spiritual lives
Information about Mlozo (the Chiyanjano
Reports of how the Chiyanjano Ministry
Family versus Chiyanjano Ministry
Roles and responsibilities of Christian
Fund mobilization and Income Generating
They visited churches in Mzimba, Mzuzu, Rumphi, Karonga, Chitipa, Dwangwa,
Nkhata Bay and Nkhotokhota.
The key issues and main highlights of the visit were:
Rumphi ZEC: unfortunately the pastor's
wife (Mrs Kasambala) was bed ridden as she was recovering from a stroke.
There was only one woman available so we agreed with the pastor that we
should proceed to a nearby church known as Bolero ZEC. This was 40 kilometers
away and we found 22 women waiting for us. The women were very eager to
learn and practice what they had learnt.
The team at Rumphi
At Chitipa ZEC we found a very hardworking
pastor (Enock Mang'anya) with a membership of six families.
At Dwangwa ZEC (located by a large sugar
cane plantation and processing plant), we found a group of 20 women eagerly
waiting for us. The leadership here seemed to really understand the objective
of women's ministry. The training outcome was very positive as they asked
a lot of questions, showing that they were motivated and wanted to learn
and know more.
The church at Nkhotakhota is run by
the very active young Pastor Kamulira, who is really eager to witness
to the Muslim community which is the majority religious group in that
area. The pastor reported that they were 115 Sunday school children, with
many from Muslim families.
Overall, the visit highlighted a number
of issues that ZEC needs to address:
Most women do not have Chiyanjano uniforms
like their counterparts in the central or southern region churches.
The women require nurturing and harnessing.
Most churches do not have adequate membership
to support their pastor and the church activities.
The distances between churches are very
great. This is one of the reasons why churches do not grow despite an
increase in membership numbers in the north.
The women's leaders suggested the following
Pastors' welfare should be given priority:
adequate financial help is needed in order to motivate pastors' physical
and spiritual needs.
The ZEC Synod leaders should positively
seek to show their commitment and support to these churches in the north
e.g. frequent visits and material help.
Church buildings should be constructed
to give the church families reliable places of worship. This at the moment
is missing in many places.
Apparently, in northern Malawi many
churches give handouts to church members. So, sadly, this system motivates
people away from faithful churches like ZEC.
In summary, God was with us. He provided travelling mercies
and we had a safe journey back home and wherever we went members welcomed
us very well. The fellowship was wonderful at the end of each training
session by the pastor and women's ministry as well .
We thank all the churches for their hospitality, zambesi mission for
their support for the trip and ZEC Synod office for according us to visit
the north churches ".