Praise Afternoon, an initiative that seeks to bring together business and gospel, was officially launched in style on Sunday afternoon at Blantyre’s Steers Debonairs Gardens with guest preacher Apostle Timothy Khoviwa ruling out offerings.
“Praise Afternoon does not need your money, but your soul. The offering it wants from you is your heart and thanksgiving to the Lord for all He has done for you. So, do not worry when you are invited to Praise Afternoon,” he said, attracting a round of applause from the audience.
Khoviwa said in his sermon many people are increasingly becoming concerned with things that happen in church such as offerings and miracles; hence Praise Afternoon taking a unique direction as far as the gospel and business are concerned.
“God is pleased when we praise Him for the good things He has done or keep doing for us. Therefore, He does not need your money or fame, but your praise,” he said.
Guest performer Allan Ngumuya shared Khoviwa’s sentiments and added that people of God need to pray for the nation.
“As citizens, we must create time just to pray for our nation, for God to bless us. And I hope this platform will help us have such time to pray for our country,” he said.
Ngumuya dished out live music alongside his band members who included Collen Ali on the lead guitar, Peter Likhomo on the bass guitar and Allan Jogi and Yasin Jenala on the backing vocals.
The inaugural Praise Afternoon was sponsored by FDH Bank and Steers Gardens who offered the venue for free.
One of the organisers, Timothy Phiri, expressed satisfaction with the inaugural event and said the next event will be held on September 4.
Apart from gospel, Praise Afternoon creates a platform where people could discuss business as well as bring specialists in different fields to disseminate information on particular issues.