General Secretary for Blantyre Synod of the CCAP, Reverend Alex Maulana has called on members of the church who are living in cities and other urban areas to actively help in building churches in their respective homes of origin.
Reverend Maulana made the call at Liwonde over the weekend during official opening of Mawira CCAP church at Liwonde in Machinga.
“Let me encourage members of the CCAP who are living in towns to start thinking of helping in construction of modern churches back home,” he said after appreciating the newly opened church which has tiles from the entrance to the interior floor and modern ceiling.
Mawira CCAP Church project which started in 2005 has been built using funds raised from congregants through 33 Paper Sundays.
He said CCAP members should consider the welfare of parents and relatives who congregate in bad roofed, poor shaped and dilapidated church buildings back home.
“You might not know, but there is a possibility that once you die your body will be carried there for a church service,” he said while emphasizing that east or west home was best.
Mawira was a prayer house of Malape CCAP back in the 1970s and in 1992 the members constructed a church which had been in use until the official opening of the K35 million modern church.
However, the mother church Malape, with members not exceeding 200, cannot afford to fundraise K250,000 to rehabilitate the church structure, according to sources.
“Have you ever thought of helping Malape to become a modern site,” the General Secretary reminded Mawira CCAP members that Malape remains a parent church such that the Mawira CCAP had an obligation to develop the parent church through fundraising activities.
The modern church has a sitting capacity of 1,020 people and is a face lift of Liwonde Township which is growing faster in terms of infrastructure ahead of a dry port which is expected to change the status of the township.
He therefore said time had come for members of CCAP to become missionaries with a mission to develop their mother church and other churches in various homes of origin.
Blantyre Synod boasts of modern churches especially in cities, towns and districts that had been constructed through Paper Sundays and other fundraising strategies.