Prophets in Malawi want Churches to be recognised as ‘essential service’

Prophetic Ministries Association of Malawi (Promam) is calling on governemt to recognise churches as essential services during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic measures.

Prophet Hara :  Co-signed the statement

Prophet David Mbewe and Senior Prophet Justice Hara argues that churches can provide spiritual and social relief for Malawians.

Government gazetted new Covid-19  rules which limits public gatherings to a maximum of 10 people, including places of worship to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

But Promam statement urges the Ministry of Health to revisit the 10-limit measure on gatherings and conduct adequate consultations with institutions directly affected.

The organisation has described the recent restrictions as seriously wanting in fairness despite the church being one of the institutions which has so far embraced and observed a commendable level of strictness in adhering to COVID-19 prevention measures such as hand-washing, wearing of masks and observing the 100 people gathering.

It acknowledged the economic impact of the restriction as most churches depend on offerings that are made during prayers for them to fulfill their role in supporting the spiritual, social and emotional demands of human beings.

The  statement said preventive measures that are being imposed on gatherings have seriously affected the in-flow of resources that faith institutions rely on for their functions.

“At the moment some faith institutions are utilising online facilities and faith media outlets such as radios, online applications and TVs for the most of their communications.

“However, such means of communication require resources to operate which in most cases are obtained from congregational offerings which at the moment are already compromised,” read the statement.

The statement follows a study which was recently conducted by the Malawi Interfaith Aids Association (MIAA) and Act Alliance which has indicated that 53.8 percent of religious institutions in the country are experiencing significant decrease in member attendance.

It stated that this has resulted in subsequent decrease in members’ financial contributions and  has relatively affected the church’s ability to support its operations including paying staff.

Meanwhile, Promama found it strange that while markets are still left to transact their activities in a manner as if there was no Coronavirus such as mask-free and social distance free, the church is being targeted.

“Government has chosen to excuse such by being unclear regarding such community boroughs. Or could it be that churches are easier prey for politicians as never has it been heard of believers marching in protest or causing disturbance?

“The 10 limit gathering measure is so unclear because for once it is not being advanced in relative terms to space. 10 people in a small room is not the same as 10 in a hall and or Church.

“How about 10 people in a super-market where air circulation is with limited ability than a Church?” queried the religious body.

The statement noted that when people are going through a disaster, there is need for leaders to find ways of sustaining the operations of faith organisations because among others, all hardships people face, manifest through mental health turbulences of which churches are well placed and equipped to assist.

“As a nation we need to remember that the power of prayer can never diminish and we must strive to make praying a possibility at any situation when it is in our hands to do so because times do come when praying is needed but never a possibility”

Prophetic ministries challenged the authorities to apply comprehensive, fair and balanced approach to prevention in the nation efforts of defeating the pandemic.

Coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes small droplets – packed with the virus – into the air. These can be breathed in, or cause an infection if you touch a surface they have landed on, then your eyes, nose or mouth.

So, coughing and sneezing into tissues, not touching your face with unwashed hands, and avoiding close contact with infected people are important.

People will be most infectious when they have symptoms, but some may spread the virus even before they are sick.

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Kambewa ngozo
1 month ago

Foseki
So you people to attend the church so that you can collect offering.
If people get covid19 then they will come to your house as you have invited them to attend your church

Chukambiri
Chukambiri
1 month ago

The good thing is that a person can only go to heaven through Jesus Christ not through attending church service. Matthew 6:6 says ” But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees is in secret will reward you.” We are living because of the grace of God not because of men of God or attending a church service

POLITICAL COMMENTATOR
1 month ago

If you say anthu azipempherera kunyumba, muwauzenso maliro aliyense azikalilira kunyumba kwake, ikakhala misika aliyense azikagulisira kunyumba kwake, …………….

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 month ago

No one is closing anything but rather limiting numbers to ensure social distancing. Ma fake prophets amenya masamu and discover kuti za m’bale from 10 people siyigwira.

SPIRITUAL WATCHER.
SPIRITUAL WATCHER.
1 month ago

Don’t worry. We will pray and give on line. Its the in thing now.

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
1 month ago

Zopeleka kapena titi zambale ndi zomwe zavuta, ma prophet aja amati amachilitsa mate day end Ali wonse pano tikuvalira ma face mask limodzi…..

john M
john M
1 month ago

Prophetic Ministries Association of Malawi. They even have an association. Does God know about this? How many prophets does God need to do his works on earth? These are false prophets indeed.

Masauso Munyunga
Masauso Munyunga
1 month ago
Reply to  john M

Thank you for noting false prophets. Just a group of poor greedy so called prophets to steal from the poor. That’s why they are crying too much with lockdown because they won’t be able to make business. May they be exposed and may their crooked means of making money be crippled for good . No mercy on prophets of ball they must all have their seats distroyed by COVID19.

Malebwede kukoma
1 month ago

These fake men of God are simply cashless paja amadyera momwemo monamiza zitsiru mumatchalitchimu. Religion is simply for dull people such as women and children. If their
healing prayers really work, why are they not combatting Corona? As for Catholic priests and bishops ndiye eish asatana achigololo okhaokha, ana ali thoo mmidzimu and yet they pretend to be celibate. Chaka Chino mukhaula akapsala inu muwona.

No sane person should continue to be fooled by these “religious” mafias anymore. The Jesus industry is over and ends here.

Masauso Munyunga
Masauso Munyunga
1 month ago

True why not okay those affected by corona in Malawi. They’re just theives. It pains me to see our poor people duped in the name of lies. Well God is in control and has many ways to deal with humanity

Joseph Banda
Joseph Banda
1 month ago

A Malawi kukonda ku kopera. This is what Trump said to win elections. Malawi should decide on the strength of prevailing situation on the ground

thava east
1 month ago

when going to the market , am sure that is at owners risk meaning it is up to oneself to go to the market without observing safety measure
or not whereas at the church when you people does the deliverance service members do fall on other making it totally impossible to observe distancing, better other churches can do more orderly than you the so called prophetic churches.

Sena Original
Sena Original
1 month ago

I am very sick with fake religious leaders like Hara who want to abuse Tonse Government because it is led by a pastor. Every pauper prophet wants to be noticed. The Government has not stopped praying. Gather your blind followers into your homes and pray not more than 10. Many of the Haras survive on selling water and conducting false healing and with the partial lock down mchere usowa. I am sick with these false prophets. Malawi needs regulation like Rwanda did

Game changer
1 month ago
Reply to  Sena Original

You a cursed man….why dont you leave them alone without judging them…stop this nuisence. Your wife is your only follower you have unlike Senior J has more world wide

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