Blantyre Synod Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) on Sunday held prayers across all its congregations for good rains as some parts of the country continue to experience prolonged dry spells while elsewhere Group Village Headman (GVH) Masapula in Chiradzulu led elders in his village to offer sacrifices to their ancestral spirits followed by prayers.
The General Secretary for Blantyre Synod, Rev. Alex Maulana said the church has an obligation to pray for the country when disaster such as ‘dry spell’ strikes.
“As you be aware that some parts of the country are experiencing dry spells, therefore, as a church we called on all our congregations to dedicate this Sunday (yesterday) services to pray for good rains and sufficient rains so that our crops should survive,” he explained.
Maulana called upon faith communities in the country to join hands in prayers in asking for God’s intervention.
“Malawi being a God fearing nation, we are calling for all faith communities both Muslims and Christians in the country to join us this noble cause in praying for the rains,” he appealed.
Blantyre Synod organized the special prayers days after President Peter Mutharika urged the faith community and all Malawians to pray for good rains and a productive agricultural season.
In Chiradzulu, GVH Masapula of Traditional Authority Mpama in the district said they believe that once the sacrifice has been offered the ancestral spirits would listen to them and rains would come.
“This was what our elders were doing in the past to ask God to bring the rains. As such we involved the elders in this ceremony because we knew that we would be successful as offering of sacrifice involves abstinence which these old people can manage to,” he said.
Masapula has since urged people in the country not to forget what their parents were doing and also to continue to pray to God for the betterment of the country.
The elders in the village commended their GVH for leading them to offer the sacrifice and said the rains would surely come as they believed that their ancestral spirits had heard them.
One of the residents in the village, Bethia Steven said it was important to have elders in their villages, saying they help in preserving culture.
During the ceremony, women in the village pounded maize and soaked it for a day and then pounded it again into flour to use for the sacrifice at a place where their parents used to stay.
However, they did not include beer as the area’s common religion is Islam where members are not allowed to partake.
GVH Masapula’s area was affected by a rainstorm that occurred early this month.
Masapula was crowned as GVH in 1982 and since then, this was the third time for him to lead elders to offer sacrifices.
After the sacrifices some parts have started receiving the rainsFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :