Social Welfare Committee of Saint Columba CCAP Church last Sunday brought smiles to Mpyupyu prisoners in Zomba when they donated assorted items as part of their pre-Christmas cheer.
The gifts included usipa, utaka fish, 10 Bibles, Hymn books, Catechism books, 10 cartons of Vaseline, three bales of sugar, 20 cartons of wash soap, two bags of 20 kgs of kitchen salt, one bale of slippers, plastic buckets and clothes.
Chairperson of the committee Edith Sokosa encouraged the prisoners to seek rehabilitation more than self-blame.
“When we say we have not sinned, we deceive ourselves because we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God according to 1 John 1: 8 and because of this, Christ came to redeem sinners.
“It is not the gifts, but the word of God that rehabilitates your souls so you can demonstrate good works of salvation to communities once released,” said Sokosa.
Sokosa thanked the church for entrusting the committee with the responsibility of reaching out to the needy.
Patron of the committee Robert Chirwa reminded inmates of the importance of meditation on the Word of God.
“We started our journey the day we came into the world and we have to be equipped with the word of God as Joshua was commissioned by God,” he said.
Chirwa further said salvation is found everywhere, even in prisons.
Inmate Henderson Alberoto said beneficiaries did not take the gifts for granted.
“When we see you here, we see our parents because you provide the much needed love we miss from our families,” said Alberoto.