Chawe Living Waters Church pastor, who is a former prisoner, has urged inmates at Zomba Prison to commit themselves to serving God if they are to become productive citizens when set free.
The call was made last Friday when pastor Blessings Chawawa and some members of the church cheered prisoners at the correctional facility.
Chawawa disclosed that people who are committed to serving God are unlikely to commit crimes because they always fear God in their deeds, hence the need for inmates to commit themselves in serving God.
He also said his willing to serve God came while he was serving his seven-year jail term at Zomba Prison.
“Afterwards, hunger for becoming a pastor engulfed me and I enrolled with America-based Nancy Headland Bible School in 2002. In 2003, I studied with World Bible School,” said Chawawa.
He advised the inmates to transform completely and not to be habitual offenders.
In his speech, general duties officer at the station Inspector Eric Langwe said he believes prayers are a catalyst for real reformation and that churches have a big role to play in transforming offenders.
“On our own we cannot fully transform offenders, it requires religious groups and every one to join hands with the Malawi Prison Service,” said Langwe.
Chairperson of the church council at the prison, Andrew Chiunda, applauded Living Waters Church for visiting inmates, saying the spiritual guidance and counselling they provide play a significant role in moulding them into productive citizens.
After the prayer session, tablets of washing soap and body lotions worth K50 000 were distributed to prisoners who are members of the church.