Let the little
children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven
belongs to such as these.
(Matthew 19: 14)
Ruth MacBean, zm's
Representative and Children for Christ Ministry (CFCM) Specialist, returned
to Malawi for a short visit last November. Her main aim was to work with
and support CFCM, but she also wanted to help safeguarding training”. Here,
Ruth shares some highlights:
Sunday school teacher training
I joined CFCM at the Mchinji teacher training seminar in western
Malawi. Two new CFCM trainers had met with the local pastors' fraternal
to raise interest in the seminar. They had also planned all the logistics.
40 people, including the trainers, attended. One person had travelled
across the border from Mozambique. Both of the new trainers were involved
in the teaching sessions. They were good communicators, well capable
of carrying on the work of training Sunday school teachers in Mchinji
district. If this is the standard of the new trainers that CFCM has developed,
their programme of Training the Trainers is proving successful.
The CFCM team in their new office at ECOM's headquarters
(left to right Elevate Mizinga, Lackson Makawa and Joseph Jeke)
Sunday school teacher training seminar at Mchinji
CFCM Bible clubs
I also visited two Bible clubs with the team, at Namisu Aquaid
and Chitakale Primary School. These are both established clubs that I
knew well. I was encouraged by some of the new ideas the team are coming
up with. Instead of the usual Christmas holiday club/party, they are
taking some of the children from Chitakale Primary School to visit sick
children in hospital. They were training the children to use the wordless
book to share the Gospel message. They are also seeing the potential
to start a new Bible club at ECOM's headquarters (Evangelical Church
of Malawi), where the new CFCM office is. They have observed lots of
children hanging around after school waiting for their parents, so they
are going to ask permission to gather the children for a club one day
Elevate Mizinga teaching children at
Aquaid Lifeline Bible club
A boy teaching others the gospel using the wordless
The staff team were joined by three trustees and one Executive
Committee member at the safeguarding training. There were some excellent
contributions that helped me to understand the Malawian situation much
better. They made me aware of the issues that might arise once they start
adding safeguarding into their training. We worked on reshaping module
one of the Sunday school teacher training seminars to include safeguarding.
Elevate Mizinga is translating everything into Chichewa and CFCM hope
to start including in their seminars from January 2020 onwards.
Ruth with the Safeguarding Training delegates
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• Give thanks for CFCM's work. Many
children are being saved through CFCM's Bible clubs or through the Sunday
school teachers that CFCM train.
• Pray for the Sunday school teacher
training seminars. The CFCM workers are planning to use their new volunteer
trainers to help them complete two per month in 2020.
• Pray for a new Bible club to be established
near CFCM's new office at ECOM's headquarters.
• Pray for the introduction of safeguarding
as a topic within CFCM's Sunday school teacher training programme and
that it would lead to increased awareness of safeguarding issues and
greater levels of protection for children.