JB attends US National Prayer breakfast

Malawi’s former President, Joyce Banda was invited to and attended the United States of America (USA) National Prayer Breakfast at Washington Hilton Hotel.

Banda: Gave a speech

Banda: Gave a speech

During the week-long event, which ended on Thursday, February 5, 2015, former President Banda delivered a speech at a side event of high-profile women and offered a closing prayer.

The National Prayer Breakfast is a yearly event held in Washington DC, whose climax is on the first Thursday of February each year. The founder of this event was Abraham Vereide.

The event—which is actually a series of meetings, prayers, readings, greetings luncheons, and dinners—has taken place since 1953 and has been held at least since the 1980s at the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue NW.

“She spoke about the importance of love, peace and unity among the people of the world. She bemoaned the prevailing human and natural tragedies including wars that have caused untold human suffering over the years,” said one of Banda’s aides who accompanied her to the historic event.

In his keynote address at the event on Thursday, US President Barack Obama said the US would never stop fighting for freedom of religion around the world. He talked about the inspiration given by faith world-wide driving people to do right, but faith also used as a weapon.

President Obama also referred to hate crimes and terrorism, such as “ISIL, a brutal, vicious, death cult that, in the name of religion, carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism.”

The breakfast was attended by some 3,500 guests, including international invitees from over 100 countries. The National Prayer Breakfast is hosted by members of the United States Congress and is organized on their behalf by The Fellowship Foundation, a Christ-centered organization. Initially called the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, the name was changed in 1970 to the National Prayer Breakfast.

It is designed to be a forum for the political, social, and business elite to assemble and build relationships. Since the inception of the National Prayer Breakfast, several U.S. states and cities and other countries have established their own annual prayer breakfast events.

Every U.S. president since Dwight D. Eisenhower has participated in the annual event.

The Dalai Lama was the ‘Special Guest’ during this year’s event. President Obama offered “a special welcome to a good friend, His Holiness the Dalai Lama,  who is a powerful example of what it means to practice compassion, who inspires us to speak up for the freedom and dignity of all human beings”.

“I’ve been pleased to welcome him to the White House on many occasions, and we’re grateful that he’s able to join us here today,” said the US President.

Dalai Lamas are the head monks of the Gelug School, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism.The current Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is also well known for his lifelong advocacy for Tibetans inside and outside Tibet.

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47 thoughts on “JB attends US National Prayer breakfast”

  1. zebron henry banda says:

    She won’t be coming to malawi anytime soon:she is afraid of arrest and,ultimately,jail.CASHGATE.cowardice.

  2. Benz says:

    In Dr JB we trust

  3. ambele says:

    Jelasi ili kuno ndiye ndiyaikulu zedi. Kusilira uku nkwaufiti tsono Let JB enjoy her time

  4. Jose Sankho says:

    Amayi Banda, Long time no see you or talk. What have you been doing and how are you? Missing you a lot mum. Just to update you that we had floods that claimed over 176 people. A lot of houses, food and other belongings for people were washed away by floods. Children are suffering because they have no food. It is predicted that the floods may come again and cause more havoc. Mum your children are suffering when you have nice full breakfast with Azungu. My question to you mum is that when are you coming back? Did you leave Dad behind or he is with you enjoying there? Mum come back because people may start thinking that you are married there or you have a relationship that is keeping you there. We are crying for you our dear mum.

  5. Aliphee says:

    she lost elections and you are busy talking about her let her leave in peace some of us she is our star not the dunderhead that is leading malawi now chimandinyasa kwambirikwambiri nkhope ngati manyi

  6. Andy Phiri says:

    Mlekeni JB adzipuma wanyozedwa kokwana ndi mtundu wa Malawi omwe sumayamika munthu akawachitira zabwino. Anali phula dzikoli lili pamoto lero tikubweleranso konkuja zizindikilo ndi zomwe tikuziwonazi. mama dzikhalani komweko alekeni alhomwe ndi angoni ayendetse dzikoli zikamawavuta asamanamizile inu

  7. Penyengu says:

    Abwere azatani? Kodi munamukana pa voti? Musiyeni azicheza ndi azungu omwe amamukonda ndi kumulemekeza

  8. Abel says:

    What has that got to do with us for lack of news Nyasatimes is paid by her cashgate money to publicise what she is doing. How can a person with all senses just fly to USA just for prayers. only with blood money stolen from Malawians. Even those who invite her know that she is foolish and will accept any invitation.

  9. killy msiska says:

    Tabwerani masten.

  10. Bwerani amayi kunoso tili ndi National Players In honour and memory of those that lost their lives to the floods
    It is our sincere hope that this time around you will come home and mourn with us. Malawians would love to see you it has been long time since we’ve heard a speech coming out of your mouth, come and be our main speaker Mama
    We love you Mama-

  11. gift kwanje says:

    alekeni mama apumulekooo

  12. love says:

    Zanu nzimenezi osati zoyendetsa dziko, limbikirani mapemphelo mwina mungakalowe kumwamba

  13. love says:

    Bapangani

  14. Bob says:

    Not worthy writing about. JB must come to Malawi. Akutaniko kumeneko

  15. Ndendeuli says:

    Chinamchina azungu amaakonda amamaiwa.Inangosokoneza cashgate ija.Viva amai

  16. Nkhombokombo says:

    Learn to praise where it is due. The lady’s mandate ended last year though grudgingly, the assistance towards the flood disaster she has given and still is giving. Let the young old enjoy her stay in the foriegn lands till when she feels to come back.

  17. Truth says:

    They look around for idle people and she happens to be one. At least try to pray for us for the miosery that you brought upon the nation of Malawi for stealing our money. Repent woman. What happened to her Nigerians spiritual father when she would spend Gvt money just to be cheated that she would win the elections. Stupid woman. an angel of the devil Queen of the vampire

  18. nkunthamasese says:

    Amai zipumani. Mudzabwera nthawi yanu ikadzakwana.Chauta akhale mbali yani Amen.

  19. Deeply concerned citizen says:

    Amai tabwelani takusowani……

  20. cbk says:

    kkkkk,koma patriot!iwe!iwe!wamasache nde utiso?kkk.

  21. north says:

    Amachalira kuti mukangoluza akutayeni mundende. Pano akuzuzika ndiwo inu muli phee kunja

  22. Tione says:

    Chapaphewa stadium ikukudikira ati ukasegulire

  23. north says:

    Dont my mum, adaniwa achoke kaye pampando ali ndi mtima waufiti akufuna adzakumangeni pazifukwa za ndale. Mapulani awo awathera inu muli pheee.

    1. zangazokha says:

      Yankees with ur stupid comment,kodi munthu umaimbidwa mlandu popanda usanalakwe?Ukuona ngati DPP ili ndi upandu ndi munthu?Mulungu amaimenyelatu nkhondo ili pheeee , munayesesa kutimangila presdent wathu osalakwa mulungu anamenya nkhondo , amati akati ayende kukachitisa misonkhano kumukhomelera mulungu zonsezo anali kuona,koma ndikati oipayo anayesesa kusokoneza zisankho koma mulungu anati ndiimanso basi mpaka Dpp inaoloka. Munakakhala anzeru bwezi mwachita manyazi .pitilizani kufunila anzanu zoipa muone Mulungu zomwe azipang.

  24. ujeni says:

    Why getting concerned with what Joyce Banda is doing. You voted for APM that is the person ranning the country and your lives, not JB. She left your palaces, your MG cars, hospitals, roads, your lake Malawi , Ndata etc. She is free to live anywhere in the world for as long as she wants just like you and me. APM stayed abroad for 40 years did you ask him to come back?

  25. Alungwana says:

    Why not inviting APM?

  26. Che Spindulo says:

    Bakili may have his shortcomings both as a private person and a public figure . But he’s never “abandoned” his country . Atcheya has always been there . The only time that he has seen it fit to “disappear” is when the ACB dangles a pair of handcuffs in front of his face .

  27. Mafikizolo says:

    At the rate she’s going, I will not be surprised to hear that she is attempting to stand in the next US presidential elections . It would appear that she’s making herself more relevant to America than to her home country . My own view is that having been citizen No. 1 of Malawi at some point, she has an obligation to be of some form of service to her country by being physically close to her own people, especially now when Malawi is experiencing all sorts of calamities . But at the end of the day, she’s solely in charge of how she wants to project her own image

  28. czar says:

    She has done so many charity works in absentia plse listen to news osati mathanyula pitalayu.,.. R u pple in Malawi? Fotseki

  29. dadaboma says:

    JB is the real president of Malawi. Votes may have been stolen from her but not her dignity as Malawi’s leader. The kleptomaniacs who stole her vote have invited the wrath of God and floods and pestilence and poverty are the results.

  30. Yankeez says:

    Masten Tamajani money kumeneko uyuyu kunoko wayamba kulanda Masachet afuna adzimwa yekha, musabwele chifukwa mukakapangitsa msonkhano anthu akachuluka kwambili ndiye opanda manoyu adzakupangilani msanje, ngati mama adalakwa mutumizileni Int. Warant of Arrest nzontheka, koma zikukukanikani musiyeni mama!!!!. Mavendaso akumufuna kwambili kuno!!!!

  31. Che Litongo says:

    Kunena zoona Mai Banda pa nthawi yochepa yomwe anatsogolela Malawi anayesetsa kulibweletsa dziko pamodzi posatengela kuti nchawa,mlomwe Ai komano siuyu WA mathanyulayu Ai choyambilila kwa iye ndi alomwe ndipo kwa iye lomwe ndi wankulu kuposa Malawi. Komano sitikudandaula posachedwapa tiimba nyimbo yokondwa. Kutsogolela dziko mwa chinyengo.

    1. zangazokha says:

      Che Litoko,musiye kulota , komanso musiye njiru myb twenty years coming mukhoza kuzalamulila koma mukapanda kudekhesa ntima pansi mukhala mukulamulilidwabe ndi DPP coz pamene mukunyoza anzanu osalakwa ziwani kuti mukukhutula madalitso awo. Ndangodumo.

  32. opportunist says:

    JB 4 life

  33. wanangwa says:

    When is JB is coming?

  34. joseph banda says:

    Let her come back home, Let her come back home, Let her come back home.

    Is she going to receive her pension? Floods are in Malawi. She is not doing any work for the people of Malawi. Kodi manyazi alibe?

    1. che mbweenda says:

      @ Joseph banda
      ulibe manyazi ndiwe ! What work is she suppose to do for the people of Malawi? Kapena azapereke malata ndi n’gombe kwa mayi ako ? Give us a break because we don’t need her

  35. Malindima says:

    Writers have run out of news about JB.Yes and then what does it help Malawi in those prayers when the floods are not on the prayer list?
    This is perhaps the time to focus on prayers reflection issues at hand that are so critical like floods hence this day Mutharika has put in place.

  36. makito says:

    Tatopa nawo awa.

  37. tuvitwana says:

    AMAMA WE LOVE U, WHEN ARE U COMING BAK THOUGH?

  38. aphiri says:

    Mubwela liti masten .mukuopanji

  39. Patriot says:

    Mayi anzeru. Americanso ikuona choncho. Otgerwise bwenzi atayitana uja wa ma sache uja kkkkkk

  40. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Kodi mwapeza Green Card amai?

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