President Lazarus Chakwera has asked Malawians not to lose hope but remain positive even in the face of challenges.
Chakwera was speaking at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe, where he presided over celebrations marking 100 years of the Chichewa Bible.
According to Chakwera, the Bible is the pinnacle of hope, which is why Malawians have to remain hopeful.
“We have hope and that is why we must not lose heart even with the challenges we, as a country, are facing today.
“A nation without hope, youths without hope, women without hope and children without hope could even destroy some good things which others struggled to attain a 100 years ago because they see no hope,” Chakwera said.
He appealed to all the people who believe in the Bible to give hope to others because that is what the Bible teaches.
The task of translating the Bible into Chichewa took about 20 years and was completed in 1922.
The process was carried out at Kaso Hill in Mvela, Dowa District.
Chakwera has since ordered Tourism, Wildlife and Culture Minister Michael Usi to turn Kaso Hill into a national monument.
During the celebrations, Usi urged Christians to ensure that they take good care of religious leaders who are tasked with breaking down the teachings of the Bible to the masses.
According to Usi, it is important for members of the church to contribute effectively so that men and women of the collar live comfortable lives.
Church of Central Africa Presbyterian General Assembly Moder a tor Bizwick Nkhoma said Malawians need to learn a lot from the early missionaries who interpreted the Bible into Chichewa for them to be united.
Nkhoma said, despite their differences, the missionaries came together for a good cause.
Bible Society of Malawi Board Chairperson Garry Jumbe appealed to churches in Malawi to become members of the Bible Society by registering and participating in its activities.
According to Jumbe, not all churches in Malawi are members of the Bible Society of Malawi.