Poor households and some visually impaired street-beggars from Bangwe and other communities within Blantyre on Sunday received a donation from Limbe CCAP congregation.
The congregation assembled 40 needy families and donated to each of them one 50kg bag of maize, four packets of sugar, 15 tablets of U-fresh soap, 10 tablets of Lifebuoy soap, one packet of salt, 10 boxes of matches and K5 000 cash.
Limbe CCAP session clerk Eliot Mulanje said the church spent about K700 000 to buy the items for charity. Mulanje said the donation was part of the activities the congregation was carrying out in its ‘human care’ programmes.
He said the congregation had realised that in many cases, churches have overly emphasised on preaching the word of God, thus, prioritising the spiritual well-being of human beings and neglecting their physical and physiological welfare. He said this was against the spirit of missionaries who brought religion to Malawi.
“Early missionaries were guided by what they called three Cs when they came to evangelise in Africa. These stood for Christianity, civilisation and commercialisation. The idea was to satisfy the spiritual and physical needs of a human being at one goal,” he said.
The session clerk disclosed that for as long as resources allowed, the congregation will continue providing for poor families with basic needs to mitigate their socio-economic challenges.
“We believe our congregants will continue honouring their obligations to enable the Church maintain its charity programmes,” he said.