Members of Area 25 (Sector 7) Assemblies of God in Lilongwe last Sunday donated a MK 1 million cheque to their resident pastor Reverend Simon Msisya as one way of showing special appreciation to him and the entire pastoral staff members.
Speaking soon after handing over the cheque, chairperson for the pastors’ appreciation fundraising committee, Joseph Mazizi, said the members decided to give the pastor cash rather than buying him a tangible gift, for him to use and fulfill some of his personal needs.
“As members, we need to bless and appreciate our pastors because they are the ones who minister to us and strengthen our spiritual lives. This appreciation also reminds them of their value and the important role they play in our lives. This is the reason we decided to do something for him,” said Mazizi.
“Last year, we bought our pastor a car as a gift, but this time around, we thought we could give him a monetary gift. This is because our pastor is having a building project that needs a lot of cash, hence the decision to give him the cash gift instead of purchasing the project materials so that he can purchase them for himself,” said Mazizi.
Mazizi then thanked the congregation for their contributions, saying it was not easy for the members to collect the money for this cause as the church had other engagements that needed monetary contributions from the same members.
“We have seen commitment amongst the members since we started collecting the money in August this year (2018) and within a month, we managed to collect K1 million from the congregation,” added Mazizi.
Speaking after receiving the cheque, Reverend Simon Msisya thanked the congregation for their gesture, saying the cash gift which was a surprise to him, would help him fulfill some of his needs.
“I am short of words as I and my entire family was not expecting this from the church members. They are doing a lot for our family in one way or the other.
“I do not take this for granted. I really appreciate. The members are doing more than enough as we are also having a church building project where the same members are also contributing towards the same,” said Msisya.
The Pastors Appreciation Day is a day that was set aside by the Malawi Assemblies of God Church for the churches to demonstrate special appreciation and honour for their pastors in tangible ways. It is an annual event which falls on the last Sunday of the month of October.