Pastors Conference ( October 2014 )

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.

Malawi Floods Appeal

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 ) 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.

Harvest Time Approaching

In October 2013 the ECRAD farm was ready for year ahead.

The plan is to have 3 harvests per year to create a sustainable food program to provide food and income.

It costs £900 alone in fertilizer for each harvest.

Maize Fields
Maize Fields

In March 2014, the first fruits can be seen of the good work put in by the ECRAD farm team.

Maize is  a good size
Maize is a good size
Elisa and Derek in Maize field
Elisa and Derek in Maize field


Patrick joined ECRAD during 2013 and together with 2 farm workers looks after the ECRAD site and farm.

In the picture below, an area at the bottom of the site has been planted with sweet potato to diversify the crop.

In the background is the nursery space and outdoor kitchen, where the ECRAD orphans are fed each day.

Patrick and Malison in new area of Sweet Potatoes
Patrick and Malison in new area of Sweet Potatoes


Pray that this effort can be sustained and that the next harvests are as bountiful.

School Desks for Zioya Primary School

School Buildings
School Buildings

Zioya Primary School sits on the Ecrad site along with Orphan Care Centre.

The primary school consists of 3 buildings with 10 teachers and up to 600 children including 100 orphans.

Classrooms at Zioya Primary School are a simple affair.

Open space, no desks, little paper, a blackboard and lots of children.

School Classroom
School Classroom

With no chairs or desks, the only option is to sit on the dusty floor.

School Classroom
School Classroom

Ecrad supports the education program by supplying 2 of the teachers, running water and toilet facilities.

The Ecrad site also provide a safe place to play games such as football and netball.

The teaching staff are desperate for desks to further improve the education capability and during a visit by ECRAD Scotland in 2013 asked if Ecrad could help to make this happen.

A wooden desk is estimated to cost £25 and and a target for Ecrad this year is to raise £2,500 for 100 desks to be built locally.