Between 80 and 90 pastors attended daily for Bible teaching over a 5-day period 5th to 9th October at Zioya, near Ntcheu, in southern Malawi. Those attending represented a wide cross-section of church denominations. Some had travelled over 100 miles to attend the conference and approximately 40 delegates stayed overnight. Few, if any, of the delegates had previously received any formal Bible teaching to assist them in their ministries.
The conference, now in its second year, is an extension ministry of ECRAD Malawi and serves pastors in rural communities unable to get any formal training for their ministries.
During the conference the Inductive Method of Bible Study was explained over four 1½ hour daily sessions. The course was run in the form of an interactive seminar with worked examples for delegates to develop their skills in Bible understanding and interpretation. The greater part of each day was spent studying the Sermon on the Mount. Each day included two formal teaching sessions and two workshops or question and answer sessions. The Q&A sessions were most enlightening. Through the generosity of friends Bibles were presented to all delegates not having their own copy.
Prior to leaving the UK an outline of the teaching for all sessions was sent to Malawi where the English version was translated into Chichewa, the national language. Translated notes were emailed back to the UK and printed in A5 booklet form for issue to all those attending. Booklets were also printed in English for those preferring English copies. Pictured is a workshop session where use of both Bibles and booklets can be seen.
ECRAD at Ntcheu played host to 80-90 Pastors from near and far
The host for the week was Rev Hon Malison Ndau, a graduate of the former International Christian College, Glasgow. Malison, an ordained pastor, is also an MP and was appointed as Deputy Minister of Defence in the Malawi government in August 2015. Malison is also a Director of ECRAD, Malawi.
All delegates at the conference received two meals per day (breakfast and lunch). Those staying overnight also had an evening meal. Pictured right are two members of the catering team distributing lunch to a hungry delegate.
The conference budget was met by ECRAD Scotland who, with ECRAD Malawi, works to serve orphans.
Daily Teaching to up to 90 conference delegates
Daily Feed Program – A Program for Life
The daily feeding program continues to be a vital part of the orphan care program.
This is well supported by the volunteers and staff of ECRAD to first of all provide the food, including from the on-site Farm and to cook and serve a daily simple meal.
The food is still prepared using basic kitchen facilities including an open fire.
This is something that will need to change in the future to meet Health and Safety recommendations to provide a better kitchen with a fuel efficient stove in a covered building.
No matter where you are – one job always needs done – the washing up.
Over the last year with the help of ECRAD supporters and visitors from ECRAD Scotland the Primary School buildings have begun a bit of spruce up.
The bare walls have been painted, doors and window spruced up but not only that Desks have appeared in most of the classrooms.
The desks especially making an incredible difference compared to sitting on the floor.
This has improved the learning environment greatly and enjoyed by pupils and teachers.