It was said in clear and frank terms. “Sex is very enjoyable and if any young people want it, they had better wait for it. It is best experienced in marriage osati zothamangirazi (not out of wedlock)” said Rev Chimwemwe Mhango in Lilongwe when he was addressing over 200 youths.
The youth gathered from Tuesday for a four-day youth Pre-Christmas Youth Conference for Kanengo CCAP of the Livingstonia Synod.
He challenged girls especially not to be used by men and boys.
“I especially want to encourage girls not to fall under sexual pressure. Men and boys wanting sex outside marriage just want to use you and you won’t experience how and what God really intended sex for,” said Mhango amidst claps from the young people.
Amidst fun and some kind of frank talk, the facilitators who also shared from personal lives, spent most of the four days addressing relationships, sexuality issues, Christian character, sports and career development.
The message on sexual integrity was possibly further exemplified by one of the facilitators Mrs. Jessie Puwapuwa (30) who challenged young people to aim for abstinence which she said was “a possibility”.
Using Joseph story in Genesis 39, she advised young people that avoiding sex before marriage is a possibility beginning with every young person.
“I got married as a virgin. My husband and I decided to stay away from sex even we had the opportunity. I can speak with my clear conscience before you right here because I avoided sex before marriage and I know it is possible with you too,” challenged Puwapuwa who is based in Blantyre and is a regular youth conference speaker.
She argued that Malawi needs young people that need to be tough for God so that they can make a difference in a generation that frowns on those who control themselves sexually.
“Incase you already messed up, just know that God does give a second chance and all you need is surrender oneself to Him,” added Puwapuwa.
One young person (Golden) testified that he is in the 4th year of his relationship and has never had sex.
Several young people expressed gratitude at the sessions they had and requested the church leadership even to consider arrange for similar fora to address children and parental conflicts.
The four-day conference also featured Trans World Radio (TWR) Malawi’s Victor Kaonga who facilitated quiz and debate on fashion and the Christian youth.
In his plenary on career development, Kaonga encouraged young people to honor God through their ambitions and careers.
“God gave Adam work to do. Peter was a fisherman. Dorcas made clothes and many other Biblical characters had something to do. For most of us, work is our second home and we need to honor God with it much as we gain survival and fulfill God’s mission through such,” said Kaonga
The fourth day (Thursday morning) was for sports at Dzenza Secondary School where among others, Rev. Mhango was to demonstrate his soccer skills in mid-field.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :