Catholic faithfuls of Namiyango Church, an outstation of Bangwe Parish in the Archdiocese of Blantyre are today selling various items in a bid to raise money towards a fund for constructing a new church.
Secretary of the church project’s fundraising committee, Mwandi Nkhoma, said in an interview on Friday they are leaving no stone unturned in soliciting funds for the project which is at preparatory stage.
“We are eager to start the project in earnest, but we need to create a strong financial base,” said Nkhoma.
She said, among other fundraising initiatives, they have so far had two Paper Sundays and also sent appeal letters to well-wishers. She said they have also taken advantage of the rain season to sell branded umbrellas.
As regards the jumble sale, Nkhoma said they are optimistic about raising something substantial.
“Of course, no amount of contribution is too small to help us realise our dream. We are thankful to those that have contributed the items we are selling,” she said.
Nkhoma added that well-wishers may also send their help direct to the project’s special account no 100207178 held at National Bank of Malawi’s Customs Road Service Centre in the name of Namiyango Catholic Church Project.
“The need for a bigger church is inevitable. The numbers are growing by the day. We just have to get our act together. I am sure we have well-wishers out there who can complement our spirit of self-reliance,” she said.
The outstation, which has approximately 3 000 Christians, was established in early 2000. The current church was blessed by the then Archbishop of Blantyre, Tarcisius Ziyaye, on June 7 2009. n