11,000+ air miles, six flights, 93 delegates, 53 church groups, 25 sessions and five days of teaching are simply statistics behind ECRAD’s first Pastor’s Conference held in October 2014. The story behind the statistics was deeply encouraging as 85-90 delegates gathered daily for Bible teaching and study.
An intensive five days comprising five elements per day included devotional messages from the life of Elijah, an overview of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation highlighting key events in God’s calendar, formal teaching and workshops. Each day’s study featured a different book across the Testaments – Genesis, Psalms, Nehemiah, John’s Gospel and Ephesians. The workshops included discussion groups with pre-set questions, a feedback time and question and answer sessions. All delegates participated enthusiastically in the interactive sessions.
The mix of delegates cut right across traditional denominational divides and included Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, Pentecostals, Seventh Day Adventists, Mormons, JW’s, RC’s and one Muslim – a truly remarkable group of people with a genuine interest in the Word of God. Outline notes of all the teaching and questions for discussion were translated into Chichewa and issued to delegates. Bibles were given to all attendees as well as an Attendance Certificate.
Overnight accommodation was provided for those unable to travel daily together with meals for all delegates. All sessions were translated into the local language by a gifted team of interpreters. The pictures below show a formal teaching and workshop sessions.
It is over a week since the Malawi President declared a state of emergency over a third of the country, caused by severe flooding as a month’s rain fell in 24 hours. Now the need is greater still. Heavy rains continue as people take stock of the loss and destruction caused by the flooding and hurricane winds.
176 people have been reported dead, many more are missing, and 200,000 have lost their homes. The attached photos give a little indication of their plight, the third photo along shows a lady standing where her house once was. These photos are shown with permission from the Edinburgh Medical Mission Society,( EMMS) to whom we are grateful.
In the south, the city of Blantyre has suffered severe damage with artery roads and bridges destroyed, electricity pylons down and bore wells contaminated.
Fortunately , the Ecrad Orphan Care and Primary school has been spared any serious damage, but Malison tells me the access road from the town of Ntcheu is impassable , even with his 4×4 Nissan.
Villages in Malison’s Constituency have been decimated. School and Church buildings have been severely damaged , 180 homes I understand have been left uninhabitable, Gardens with Maize seeds laid recently have been washed away. There will be a real food shortage in Malawi later this year.
If you are able to donate to the Ecrad Flood Relief fund, we will make sure that all donations are directed to the areas of greatest need.
Ecrad is a ‘relief’ Charity as well as providing Orphan care. You can donate via the Ecrad Home Page ( or https://my.give.net/ecradfloodrelief ) or email Derek Wood or Ronnie Copeland and we will guide you on how best to donate. Ronnie will be able to apply gift aid on most donations. We have already sent £1000 from our funds, which was used mainly to purchase basic food and drinking water.