Five families that joined each other five to 20 years ago as spouses without officiating their marriages in any church of God, Saturday took turns making their marriage vows at Kapita Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Church (CCAP) congregation under Nkhoma CCAP Synod.
Their decision to enter into holy matrimony resulted from a five-day marriage seminar held at Kapita Church in Lilongwe from 4 to 8th September, 2017 which among others covered a topic on “marriage officiation as a divine order.”
Reverend Yassin Gama of Mzuzu CCAP under Nkhoma Synod was the officiating clergy and lead facilitator during the seminar.
Rev. Gama said God is a major witness of any marriage that is officiated in the church.
“During marriage officiation, God is the witness. Marriage that is not officiated, God is not the witness of that marriage,” he told spouses from within and outside Kapita CCAP that attended the seminar.
Having realized that marriages outside church have no blessings from Gods, five families from zones under Kapita CCAP congregation, registered for marriage officiation.
The five families included: Hudson Kuphanga and Brenda Mtila, Robin Mulenga and Tiwonge Mkandawire, Derek Kaponda and Linly Chilamwendo, Fredrick and Chrissy Nkata, Clement Jimu and Joyce Banda.
After taking vows, Reverend Gama prayed for the couples to remain faithful to each other and that God should grant them full protection, good health, peace and unity all the days of their marriage life.
“If you are breaking a marriage, you are breaking the divine order because marriage does not happen by mistake,” warned Gama referring to Malachi 2 verse 14.
Closing the seminar on Friday, Reverend Christopher Kanyenda of Kapita Church advised couples to overcome the spirit of unforgiving and laziness which derail the spiritual and economic growth of families and the church.
Kapita Church session clerk Samuel Chipanila, one of the participants, said the seminar focused on deep love and care for one another as pillars for positive change in the church and families.
Apart from covering a topic on marriage officiation as a divine order, the seminar also covered issues on the origin of marriage, communication in families, child care, protection and counseling, Christian family, investing and dominating in business among others.
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