Mount Olive CCAP Main Choir Monday celebrated the country’s 56th Independence Day by handing over a K7 million house to the Ntagaluka family in Ndirande-Makata in Blantyre.
The choir built the house with some funds raised from the sale of their fifth album Mbuye Mudziwa adapted from the book of Ezekiel 37 verse 1.
The album was launched in March this year at the church’s premises in Chilobwe Township.
Receiving the house, 66-year old Tryness Simeza Ntagaluka, who could not hold back tears of joy.
“Only God should reward them. Our previous house was small and poor but now we will live in a better house,” Ntagaluka, who is visually impaired, said.
Ntagaluka, who lives with four children, lost sight in 2015 and by then she used to sell vegetables.
Apart from the house, Ntagaluka and family, also received K150,000 from Mount Olive partners including contractor who built the house to help her start a business to support the family.
Director of the group Gift Tseka said apart from ministering the word of God through music, they also use their ministry to support the needy.
“We didn’t know the woman but we linked up with her when she came to our church and that she was in love with our music through Blantyre Synod Radio. That marked our connection. What we also noted is that the family has a child, who is physically challenged,” Tseka said.
The choir managed to raise close to K1.1million for the house but yesterday during a celebration of the handover of the house at Grace Bandawe Conference Centre, the contractor announced that the balance of K5.9 million had decided to wave it as part of his contribution to the glory of the Lord.
Former Moderator of Mount Olive CCAP Church Reverend Matthias Hauya, who is Moderator of Blantyre City Presbytery, hailed the choir for the gesture and urged other choirs at the church and in the country to emulate the same.
Moderator of the church, Reverend Oswald Chinyama, described the day as special and that as Christians they needed to help the needy and that the choir had done well.
During the event at Grace Bandawe, Ntagaluka also had time to select her best song from the choir, which they performed and she later joined in singing.