By Samuel Kalimira:
Livingstonia Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) has introduced youth week, which officials say will instill a sense of community service in youths.
Speaking during the launch in Henga Presbytery, Synod General Secretary Reverend Levi Nyondo said the church agreed to re-introduce youth week after realising that it could contribute to social change in society.
Youth Week was one of the social initiatives which Malawi’s founding president Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda introduced to the country to promote a sense of civic responsibility among youths.
“Some people phased out Youth Week but we, as a synod, have re-introduced it under the name Synod Youth Week. During this week, youths in all congregations will render services to the needy. We have hope that, by the end of the week, the church will promote positive change in society, Nyondo said.
During the launch of the church, Livingstonia Synod moderator-elect, Reverend Isaac Malonga, handed over a house which youths under Bwengu Congregation renovated for 86-year-old Beatrice Mbidzi.
“Let us hear the voice of the youth. Let the youth serve us. They have fresh minds and that is why we have given them the Youth Week to prove their capability,” Malonga said.
Synod Director of Youths, Reverend Nase Chunga, said this years’ week would run from today to September 16.
Meanwhile, Livingstonia Synod Youth Chairperson, Zizipigzani Sichinga, has said they are ready to serve the nation.
“We want to render services not only to CCAP members but all needy people as well, including those in prison and hospitals,” Sichinga said.
Livingstonia Synod has 30 presbyteries and over 250 churches in Central and Northern regions of Malawi, with other branches in South Africa and Zimbabwe.