During the summer services, Christine focused our attention on Larry Kreider’s ‘Personal House of Prayer’, each room in the house dealing with an aspect of the Lord’s Prayer. It is a prayer with universal appeal. In Chitumbuka, the language spoken in Engcongolweni and northern Malawi, it reads like this:

Wadada withu, Imwe muli
kuchanya, litumbikike zina linu.
Ufumu winu wize.
Khumbo linu lichitike pasi pano
nga nkhuchanya
Mutipe lero kurya kwithu kwa
lero ndipo muitgowokere mateo
ghithu umo nase
tawagowokerera wamateo withu.
Ndipo mungatitoreranga mu
kuyezgeka kweni mutithaske mu
uheni Pakuti Ufumu ngwinu, na
nkhongono, na uchindami wa muyirayira.

In your prayers for Engcongolweni, please remember Rev Henry Nkosi, his wife Tilly and their family; and those who visited us in 2016 – Vaison Nhlema, Session Clerk; Joubert Soko, Dolisa Mtawali and Humphrey Chione. Pray also for Rev Nase Chunga and Geoffrey Simbeye, now both in Ekwendeni.

In the last edition of WOW, we noted that we were starting to review the twinning with Engcongolweni CCAP. We have sent them a letter and they will be calling a Kirk Session meeting to discuss how we move forward.

The whole area is still incredibly poor, although great benefits have come through the provision of fresh water and the birth of piglets in July. Eleven sows gave birth to 63 piglets and a further six have yet to give birth. Unfortunately, some piglets did not survive but
thirty-three are being passed on to other people and the male piglets will be sold. Vulnerable children will be the beneficiaries from the sale.

One of the greatest gifts we can give the children from Engcongolweni, particularly the girls, is enabling them to have an education. In Scotland, we take this for granted. In Malawi, pupils have to pass the qualifying exam before they can attend secondary school – for which they have to pay. Often schools have no resources and pupils then leave at an early age and find back-breaking employment in the likes of the tobacco fields. Child labour is rife and children are often exploited by unscrupulous employers. Providing money, through the sale of pigs, for education will help to put an end to that practice.

Our prayers then, are not just for people but should be for the end of injurious practices, for good governance of the country, for an end to corruption, for a reduction in the HIV/AIDS prevalence rates, for improved health and school attendances, for good teachers and sufficient school resources… the list goes on. As we share our prayers here, our friends in Engcongolweni will be praying for us. As we pray the Lord’s Prayer, our friends will be praying it too, all of us part of God’s family on earth.