Vice-President Saulos Chilima has called on religious leaders to champion mindset change as one way of fostering development in the country.
The Second Citizen made the call on Wednesday in Lilongwe when he delivered a keynote address at the World Vision Micah Challenge Malawi Church partnership.
He said religious leaders have a critical role to play in changing people’s mindset on different societal issues affecting the country’s development.
Chilima who is also Minister of Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms, highlighted four areas that faith-based organisations should reflect on and inculcate in their congregants’ minds as follows: unity and trust, wise stewardship, looking outward, and timely truth telling with love.
In October this year, the Vice-President delivered a public lecture in Lilongwe on Mindset Change, challenging Malawians to, among other things, abort opportunistic tendencies and stop their obsession with negativity.
In his remarks, Reverend Vasco Kachipapa said as faith-based leaders, they have a mandate to help Malawi citizens have a prosperous life through mindset change.
He said: “We will incorporate the mindset change message with the gospel so that we should be in line with the word of God while preaching about mindset change.”
World Vision Malawi board chairperson Lucy Kachapila said change is a transformative process that cannot take a day to manifest.
She, therefore, said her organisation will continue to spread messages of change until people’s views and perceptions are changed.
Said Kachapila: “This Micah Challenge initiative was established to ensure that people’s welfare and way of lives change for the better to eradicate poverty as well as end infant and maternal deaths. In short, it encompasses all Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] as its objectives.”
The Micah Challenge Malawi is a national movement of aid and development agencies, churches, schools, groups and individual Christians who support SDGs