Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) on Sunday graduated 150 couples after they had undergone a month long training to strengthen the capacities of families and communities to improve their quality of life.
Apart from receiving certificates to symbolise their fulfilment of a module in communication between husband and wife, the couples also renewed their marriage vows during the function which took place at South Lunzu CCAP in Machinjiri, Blantyre.
In an interview after the ceremony, Blantyre Synod director of Health and Development Commission Lindirabe Gareta said the couples’ training is ongoing because there are many facets that affect marriage life and these include issues of finance, health, career, communication and development.
Gareta said the month long training is important because the synod, through the commission, is stressing the importance of marriage and faithfulness in marriage to combat HIV and Aids.
“Basically, we look at charity beginning at home and home is where the family is, so, we look at the bigger things that come from the family and these include, children, responsible leaders and people who are able to develop the country as well as faithful members of the church. That is why we look at strengthening the families and marriages as units,” said Gareta.
Kelvin Wanda, who participated in the training together with his wife, and renewed their vows, said the training was beneficial.
“Through this training, we have been taught a lot, especially us young couples who have just entered into holy matrimony. We have learnt how to trust God in each and everything, to be faithful and open to one another. These lessons will be beneficial,” said Wanda.
The training was conducted with support from National Aids Commission (NAC).