A monthly initiative seeking to bring together business and gospel, dubbed Praise Afternoon, officially launches Sunday afternoon at Steers and Debonairs Gardens in Blantyre.
The launch will see veteran gospel musician Allan Ngumuya performing and Apostle Timothy Khoviwa of Word of Faith Temple International delivering a sermon.
One of the event organisers Timothy Phiri said Praise Afternoon seeks to create a platform where people could enjoy gospel music and get business tips.
“This is a free event which is strictly upon invitation. We want to pioneer an environment where people can enjoy gospel while discussing business as well as get information on different issues such as health and entrepreneurship,” he said.
In Malawi, most of the preaching is done at church or gospel shows.
However, Phiri said the country needs a neutral venue where people can meet and enjoy fruitful business talk and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“We want to create a platform where families and people from different professional backgrounds can assemble and talk business while being blessed with the word of God through preaching and gospel music.
“On the other hand, Praise Afternoon will be bringing experts in a particular field such as health to give a lecture on, for instance, cervical cancer. Others will be successful business persons who will give tips and inspirational talks on entrepreneurship. We want to break away from a traditional gospel or church sermon because this is more interactive,” he said.
Confirming his attendance and performance at the inaugural Praise Afternoon event, Ngumuya said Malawians need to integrate gospel into issues that affect their lives on daily basis.
“To me, I see this not only as a business opportunity to many Malawians, but an innovation which strives to present a unique platform where they can appreciate the word of God and relate it to issues of the day such as career opportunities,” he said.