Malawi may have a special breed of evangelists who will be groomed to share the gospel of Jesus Christ as passionately and as effectively as the late top evangelist Shadreck Wame used to do it.
Wame, aged 76, was tragically killed allegedly by a house help and his hacked body was discovered in his house at Salima Boma last Friday morning. He was buried on Monday at his Mwazalamba Village, in Traditional Authority Kambalame, in Salima.
The foundation, or trust, is part of the grand plans some born-again Christians in Malawi and abroad are harbouring, in order to give Wame a legacy that will see the evangelism ministry grooming outstanding preachers with his humble demeanour.
In an interview this week, Trans World Radio (TWR) Malawi national director Victor Kaonga said his Christian organisation, which was one of media houses to have consistently recorded and broadcast sermons preached by Wame over the past 16 years, would fully support the development.
“It is necessary and it is important to go in that direction. We need to consult widely among well-wishers, family members and church and other authorities. What is clear is that there are a number of things that need to be co-ordinated on how such a structure needs to operate,” he stated.
Kaonga said at a personal level, he and a number of fellow Christian leaders have been in the process of establishing a trust that was meant to assist the busy ministry of the itinerant evangelist as he was ageing.
“Part of this team first met as far back as March 2011 and when Brother Wame heard that we partly wanted to raise funds to assist his ministry, he was cautious and asked that the plan be put on hold until he prayed about it and sought an okay from the Lord.
“Brother Wame warned that money-generation is one of the weapons the devil has used to destroy ministries and he was pleased to work within God’s will, even with meager resources. This was the man who was so humble that he used to refuse to be hosted in expensive hotels, preferring, instead, to be hosted by a family or two during evangelistic meetings,” recalled Kaonga
He said it was only last year when Wame came round to approving that the Trust idea be further pursued, mainly so that it shares his sermons in the form of videos, audio clips and sermon notes to people, saying “the ministry must continue after I am gone”.
Kaonga expressed happiness that the Wame foundation, or trust, would draw on rich literature by way of the sermons and the documented life history of the evangelist, to teach the preachers how to do their work passionately and effectively.
He said “The Preaching That Grabs The Heart,” a book by a Zambia-based missionary, the Reverend Ernest Wendland, that zeroes in on Wame’s life, preaching style, sermons and testimony, will become key to the grooming of the budding and seasonal preachers.
“It is shocking and quite a blow that Brother Wame is no more. His life was simply above