CCAP Blantyre Synod on Sunday encouraged its congregations to be self-reliant in its projects.
The Synod’s general secretary Reverend Alex Maulana said this during a fundraising ceremony held at Ndirande Kachere congregation where he was the guest of honour.
“The Synod is encouraging all its congregations to be self-reliant. Synod receives money from its congregations and if you are writing to ask for money to buy iron sheets it means you are calling back the money you gave to the synod.
“We want congregations to find means of sourcing money for its own projects and we are also encouraging congregants to have the spirit of giving for the success of its projects,” said Rev Maulana.
The general secretary then blamed the multiparty dispensation for bringing the spirit of laziness by encouraging handouts.
He said the spirit of believing in receiving than giving has also entered in the churches thereby making members lazy.
During the event, Kachere congregation raised over K2.1 million (about $5 250). The winners, Zone Six, raised K426 000 (about $1 065) followed by Zone One, which raised K378 895 (about $947) where as Zone Three was the last having raised K234 370 (about $585).
Moderator of Ndirande Kachere Congregation, Reverend Enos Muhiwa thanked the general secretary for availing himself to the fundraising event after laying the foundation stone last year.
“We are overwhelmed with your coming and this is giving us strength that the synod also recognises projects its congregations are doing for the development of the synod.
“We want also to thank members of this congregation for its commitment in raising this money that will enable us to buy iron sheets for the Manse Project that is at roofing level,’ said Rev Muhiwa.