TO attain a fulfilled life, Christians must endeavour to embrace both spiritual and academic excellence if they are to be impactful and influence the world. Raised for A Purpose Ministries (RFP) has stressed this ahead of an international conference on combining spiritual and academic excellence which is dubbed IGCSAE.
RFP’s Senior Pastor Aubrey Mwasinga said some of the enormous challenges facing Malawi and the world today can easily be resolved if Christians sought excellence in their spiritual lives, academics and other relevant fields.
“This is why the IGCSAE conference will challenge actual or aspiring professionals and business people to the fact that it is not only obtaining many academic papers that makes one financially successful, but embracing other spiritual principles,” he said.
He said the IGCSAE, in its 3rd year running, is exceptional in that it does not merely provide theoretical knowledge but tested and proven principles that have produced results for himself and the ministry.
Mwasinga who is also the president and founder of RFP, added that thousands of intellectuals from different parts of the world are expected to attend in order to get inspiration from the word of God through practical examples.
“The power of God is present in the services to produce, in the lives of the participants, whatever has been taught and from the number of meetings we have had, there have been countless testimonies from people with diverse backgrounds, different fields of study, various levels of
education and different parts of the world. “Some moved from being failures to getting passes while many moved from failing or passing to getting distinctions,” he said. The event’s organising committee says this year’s conference has a special segment on career excellence whose main speaker is Maria Mhandire, a motivational speaker, founder and CEO of Accelerate Africa.
Mhandire, with 16 years experience in various corporate executive management roles, is the former Africa Region Head of Corporate Innovation & skills – DHL Global.
Chairperson Wanangwa Siska said the speaker’s credentials add life to the conference as they will be sharing knowledge which has worked for them in real life.
Siska said, Pastor Aubrey is someone who has walked what he teaches and has replicated the same results in many people. Currently studying for his PHD, he earned distinctions in both his Masters in Business Administration from University of Derby and Bachelors Degree in Accountancy from the Polytechnic University of Malawi. He is also a Chartered Accountant with ACCA and he did this in one year, without resitting any paper.
“So you see that the knowledge he shares is based on practical background not just theory,” she said.
The conference is also set to give out awards to those that have demonstrated a sound Christian life while achieving excellent results in their academics, as a way of motivating others.
RFP registration team told The Sunday Times that over 2,000 delegates have registered to attend the conference which is slated for September 30, at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
It says delegates from over 60 countries are expected to attend, an increase from over 40 countries last year. The conference which is free, will be streamed live on both audio and video and registration can be done through www. igcsae2017.eventbrite.com
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