Leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and the National Advisory Council (NAC) of ECG Malawi have welcome the decision by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 to continue allowing public gathering at 100 people.
The Taskforce announced on Thursday its decision to revert to allowing public gathering to 100 after it had earlier settled for 10—the decision the faith community protested.
However, in a statement released on Friday and signed by church spokesperson Ephraim Nyondo, Bushiri says by moving swiftly to give the concerns an ear and, again, making adjustments accordingly; President Chakwera has shown that he is a listening leader and his decisions immensely progressive as it signifies the spirit of making every voice matter.
“We believe that the battle against COVID-19 can only be won through a multi-sectoral approach as such, as President Chakwera’s government has demonstrated; we all need to embrace a spirit of listening and understanding each other,” reads the statement.
Bushiri further assured Chakwera’s government that ECG church will continue to be a church on the frontlines of containing COVID-19 by ensuring that all our branches, from Nsanje to Chitipa, restrict gathering to 100 people and, most importantly, intensify implementation of wearing face masks, hand sanitizing and observing social distance.
“Further, as a church we will continue to be steadfast in prayer, asking God to protect our leaders and every Malawian from this pandemic,” he said.
Bushiri also added that in ECG, they believe that God is never in the business of putting His people in battles that they cannot win.
“We believe, as a prophetic church, that He is not a God who can take His people this far just to abandon them,” he said.