Zimbabwean Pastor Challenges the Church in Malawi on economic Transformation
Renowned Zimbabwean evangelist and motivation speaker Bishop Tudor Bismark has urged religious leaders in Malawi to champion the spirit of positive mindset towards national and regional development.
Bishop Tudor speaking at an economic symposium in Lilongwe organized by Malawi Assemblies of God Area 47 Eagles Cathedral said it is high time church leaders started inculcating in their followers a spirit of seeing opportunities in a crisis for their survival.
“Throughout Africa, and Malawi in particular, we need a very positive message to uplift the people. Not just a message but principals such as consistent savings that people can follow to become self-sufficient and independent,” said Bishop Bismarck.
He observed that over dependence on governments to drive national developments is what has over time left Africa in serious economic burdens with developed nations and international development agencies.
“If we as Africans wait for somebody to do stuff for us, we will wait for generations and so it becomes important and imperative that we are self-starters,” he advised.
He cited an example of a woman in the bible who was forced to share the little she had with Prophet Elisha and in the end received abundant blessings hence imploring Christians in Africa to emulate.
“Malawi has incredible natural resources… pastors (church leaders) need to teach the people, show the people exemplary ideas of how they can improve. The church has tremendous platform to reach out to masses (52 weeks in a year) with positive transformative messages unlike politicians,” he observed
Managing director for Export Development Fund Fredrick Chanza said since time in memorial, the church has always been instrumental assisting nations achieve sustainable development in all sectors.
He said the church in Malawi need to rise up as an economic player in national development and help people see opportunities in the social economic woes the nation is sailing through.
He challenged church leaders to help the nation in creating and reclaiming correct values such that are lacking to foster investments for economic growth.
“It is therefore imperative that the church in Malawi should arise and reclaim its position in this regard by cooperating with all stakeholders in promoting the values of hard work, integrity, self-sacrifice and other values that are critical to achieving national development,” he said.
Besides, the EDF managing director said there is need for development policies to guide churches in resource allocation and execution of projects, promotion of the rule of law and institutional frameworks to nature manifestation of national development aspirations.
Lead pastor for Area 47 Assemblies of God Church Reverend Dr. Matilda Matabwa conceded that the church has a pool of resources that can be used in driving the agenda of economic transformation.
“So we thought this year 2022 we should include economic symposium with Bishop Tudor as guest speaker to help our Christians on mindset change in economic empowerment which we believe in as a church,” said Rev Dr. Matabwa.
The symposium was held under the theme Organizing people, Organizing money.