The First Lady Dr. Gertrude Mutharika on Tuesday, called for unity and tolerance among people of different nations in order to overcome challenges rocking the world, saying “the devil will flee” with the power of prayer.
Madam Mutharika made the call on Tuesday when she presided over the official opening of a three-day Faith Community Churches International (FCCI) Conference that was held at the Agape Life International Ministry in Blantyre. The conference, which has attracted apostles, bishops and other church leaders from 25 countries, including the United States of America (USA), Mexico, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Australia South Africa and Israel. This is the first time the conference is held outside the USA, in particular Malawi. Addressing the congregants, the First Lady said the world is facing many challenges such as wars and violence against women and children. These challenges require a unity of purpose amongst the nations to address them accordingly and remain victorious. “As Christians, we may be different in our gifts and responsibilities, because of our geographical locations, but we are united in faith. Therefore, let us complement each other’s strengths,” the First Lady said. “We should promote oneness in our diversity, because it is this spirit that will stop the manifestation of all the evils. The devil will flee and we will forever emerge victorious,” said Madam Mutharika. In his remarks, President of Agape Church, Apostle Augustine Mgala expressed gratitude for the First Lady’s initiative to grace the Conference. He said her presence at the Conference demonstrates the support that Government has towards the churches. “We feel loved, supported, embraced, and we are hoping to hold a fruitful church leaders’ conference,” Apostle Mgala said. The FCCI Conference is held every two years. It aims at strategizing and sharing experiences from people of different churches, with the view of strengthening each other’s spiritual life and promote the spread of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Conference also focuses on women and youth empowerment, among others. This year’s FCCI Conference is held under the theme ‘Fit and held together;’ it runs from Tuesday to Thursday this week. :