It is a miracle! Christian and educational book publisher and distributor, the Christian Literature Action in Malawi (Claim-Mabuku) has risen from zero finances to abundance.
The 47-year-old establishment has been operating in the red for six years on a financial deficit of K122 million, but it has risen to make almost seven times the amount in just six months.
Claim board chairperson the Reverend Dr. Archwells Katani said the organisation had an accumulated deficit between 2007 and 2013.
He said they have made K856 million in the first half of this year alone, thanks to a government tender Claim won to produce atlases for teaching in local schools.
To celebrate the unprecedented economic recovery, Claim held a thanksgiving service at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Biwi Township, Lilongwe.
“God is beyond our imagination. We have paid off all our debts and replaced our old fleet of cars,” said the visibly joyous Katani who danced a few steps amidst ululation from the equally ecstatic congregation.
Katani said God has lifted Claim-Mabuku from the tail to the head. He thanked St. Mary’s Anglican for joining in the celebration before making a donation of K100 000 to the church as a way of sharing the blessings God bestowed on the publishing house.
An all women’s choir seated at the back of the church broke into song and dance based Psalm 34: 8: “Talawani ndipo onani kuti mbuye ndi wabwino” (Taste and see that the Lord is good).
The celebrations started on Saturday night with a dinner at Crossroads Hotel where Jonathan Gwaligwali, cartographer in the school atlas project was issued with a K7 million cheque as royalties for his intellectual property.
Claim-Mabuku was established in 1967 by churches to publish and distribute Christian literature, but the organisation has since diversified to educational books.
It has contributed 66 titles in the yet-to-be introduced Junior Secondary School curriculum.