It may sound eccentric, but it is happening from this Friday through Sunday at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre where United States (US)-based evangelist Richard Hamlet will blend gospel with fun.
Fun lovers will, among other things, be treated to breathtaking acrobatics and bicycle rides, according to Randall Burtis, director of the gospel banquet christened Love Malawi Festival Blantyre.
He described the event as a major family celebration of the love of God through Jesus Christ.
“We want everybody—both Christians and non-Christians to have fun as they listen to the word of God,” said Burtis.
The festival, organised by the Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) in partnership with the US-based Louis Palau Association, has also lined up a number of thrilling activities for children, including tug-of-war and jumping castles.
“I know blending the word of God with fun may be new to most people, but we need to be resourceful at the same time making our gospel outreach programmes friendly to Christians and non-Christians alike.
“We have a group of young men from South Africa who will mount electrifying bicycle rides demonstrations. Do not try what you will see lest you break your bones,” Burtis warned journalists at a press conference in Blantyre yesterday.
Gospel artists such as Faith Mussa, KBG, Suffix, Kamuzu Barracks, Lawi, Love Malawi Choir and White Ribbon Day from the US are set to give out their best.
A similar event will take place in Zomba and Lilongwe.
“We have been holding a series of events in Malawi. So far, we have already been to Mzuzu and Dedza.
“This week, we are in Blantyre and Zomba. The major event is scheduled to take place in Lilongwe next week and the speaker will be Andrew Palau,” he said.
Apart from EAM, Louis Palau Association has also partnered Nation Publications Limited (NPL), Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL), Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), Golden Peacock, TNM and others.