The vision to evangelize the cities in Africa is key and we must ensure it does not die. This is the call by the President of Malawi, His Excellency Rev. Dr. Lazarus Chakwera.
Speaking when he met a delegation from African Enterprise, the President said he felt led to lead in a public platform, a call that was received differently by different people. “I felt led to this public platform (the presidency), and at times, people didn’t understand or others did, and others would pray for me,” he said.
In his remarks about the importance of engaging leaders in Africa for ownership and perpetuity of God’s mission, Rev. Dr. Chakwera highlighted on the need to be keen to work towards the Africa God wants.
“The Africa we want is about pursuing policies toward self-reliance etc – but rarely do we ask ourselves: What is the Africa God wants? Too many times, we are pursuing our agenda and not God’s agenda. When all is said and done, as we serve people and seek God’s will for them, God’s will is for their freedom, not oppression. The oppression of people is caused by sin,” emphasized President Chakwera.
The President also recounted how he encountered African Enterprise and worked closely with the organization. He remembered reading about Michael Cassidy’s great vision in the 70s, and in 1991 he was in ministry with African Enterprise. Dr. Chakwera remembered and paid tribute to the late Stephen Lungu, the immediate former International Team Leader, who also served earlier as AE Malawi’s Team Leader.
“Sometimes we honor people when they are dead – but for Lungu, God’s military honor was accorded. Sometimes you wonder about God’s ways of doing things and you remember he is God,” said the President as he encouraged the AE team to do what they’ve got to do while they have the time.
On behalf of the International Board, AE International Team Leader Rev. Dr. Stephen Mbogo invited His Excellency to AE 60th Anniversary Grand Celebration where the President is expected to be the Guest Speaker. The celebration is scheduled for Friday 2nd September 2022 in Lusaka, Zambia.
While confirming his participation, President Chakwera emphasized that: “It would be a wonderful opportunity to affirm AE’s ministry across the nations over the past 60 years. Urbanization is the next big thing and we must plan ahead; work together as a foundation – with all churches to put Africa on a path of transformation.”
The AE delegation that met with the Malawian President consisted of top leadership, including Rev. Dr. Stephen Mbogo, Rev Rangford Chokotho, Mrs Evelyn Itimu, Dr. Lutangu Lubasi, Dr. Cornelius Huwa, Esther Chengo and Salome Mumbi.