Lazarus Chakwera, Enoch Adeboye preach hope, recovery
President Lazarus Chakwera has urged Malawians not to lose hope but emphasised that repentance will be key to recovery from Tropical Cyclone Freddy’s effects.
He said this in Lilongwe Tuesday, when the visiting general overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, preached to people and asked Malawians not to lose hope, stressing that God has not forgotten the country.
Chakwera said it is high time Malawians repented because they have sinned even in the context of relief items distribution and disaster recovery.
“We, as a nation, need to humble ourselves before almighty God. We must remember that God is rich in mercy,” he said.
Chakwera further urged Malawians to cast their fears aside.
“Many of us are losing it; our hearts are failing us, mainly because of fear. But we need to understand that there is a higher power Who loves this nation,” he said.
Likewise, Adeboye encouraged Malawians not to lose hope, stressing that God has not forgotten the country.
His sentiments come at a time the country is struggling to recover from Tropical Cyclone Freddy, which has, so far, killed 676 people and displaced over half a million others in the Southern Region.
Apart from the cyclone, the country is facing a cholera outbreak that has not relented since the first case under the current wave was recorded in Machinga District in March 2022.
Polio and leprosy have re-emerged, with the Covid pandemic still casting a shadow over Malawi.
Adeboye, who preached at the Eminent Persons Forum, said Malawians should cast all their worries on God.
He preached using Mark 4:35 to 41 as the anchor scripture, the emphasis being that storms may never announce their coming to any nation.
“People should not question God on what is happening. We may experience all types of cyclones, hurricanes and personal storms but all you need to do is to hear from God. He will see you through,” he said
Evangelical Association of Malawi Chairperson Archbishop Mark Kambalazaza said the country needs words of encouragement as it seeks to recover from disaster.
As at March 28 2023, the cyclone death toll had reached 676.