President Peter Mutharika yesterday asked Malawians to remain assured on praying for good rains as God has always listened to prayers that Malawians make.
The President made the sentiments yesterday when he attended special prayers on good rains, peace and the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections organised by the Baptist Convention of Malawi at Kamuzu Stadium Upper Ground in Blantyre.
In his speech, Mutharika said the country has come this far, passed through some difficult moments and still made progress all with God’s intervention.
He, therefore, asked Malawians to stand firm in God, especially in praying for a good rainy season without the occurrence of any disasters, and place their belief in Him as He always listens, .
“As leader of this country, every day I serve God’s people. You and I share this unity of purpose. We serve God by serving his people and I consider my leadership as an opportunity to serve God’s people.
“Today I am so glad that Malawians have decided to pray for good rains, that there are no disasters during the coming season and I know the Good Lord will listen to us as He has always done,” he said.
Mutharika also reiterated that he will ensure that freedom of worship is being exercised as per the country’s Constitution and further went on to say he will continue serving Malawians without religious discrimination.
On his part, president for the Baptist Convention of Malawi, Lustin Kalenga, said the prayers for rains were a part of the church’s diversity on other issues, apart from the spiritual role that is their main key.
The prayers began with songs from various choirs before a special prayer was offered for the three prayer items; good rains, peace and elections which was later followed by a sermon by Pastors Oscar Matupi and Joseph Mpombwe.
The sermon was based on the theme Moving Forward and Unity.
Other notable figures who attended the prayers include Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice-president for the Southern Region Kondwani Nankhumwa, regional governor for the South Charles Mchacha and First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Esther Mcheka Chilenje.
The prayers followed a notice from the Office of the President and Cabinet last Thursday urging Malawians to dedicate October 26 to 28 to prayers for good rains and a disaster-free rainy season.
The notice, signed by Chief Secretary to government Lloyd Muhara, stated that Mutharika directed that all Cabinet Ministers and government officials should join congregations at their nearest places of worship.
Baptist Convention Church has over 2 000 churches and a membership of close to 500 000 nationwide, according to Kalenga.