Republican President, His Excellency Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has urged the Christian community in the country to use Easter as a period of refining themselves to become better citizens and contribute positively in nation building.
He was speaking before congregants during a worship service at the Botanical Gardens in Lilongwe after participating in the Way of the Cross.
Way of the Cross is a spiritual tradition that depicts a series of events that happened on the day Jesus Christ was crucified.
The President, accompanied by the First Lady, joined the congregation at Capital Hotel roundabout and walked with them for a kilometer and 400 metres to the botanical gardens.
As part of the service, the President laid the final stone on the altar of faith that was mounted under the context of rebuilding the nation of Malawi. A special session of intercessory prayer for the nation of Malawi followed the stone laying.
In his remarks, the President equated Way of the Cross with a refining process which God uses to correct human misdeeds as per this year’s theme “New Beginnings”
He also noted that Easter is also an encouragement to those who have lost hope and are living in despair in various sectors of their livelihoods.
He called upon the Christina community to prioritize service of others during this period.
“While we reflect on Easter and the conduct of Jesus Christ in leaving his glory to save mankind, it should be upon everyone to serve others especially the underprivileged,” he said.
The President called upon all Malawians to continue praying for the country so that the prosperity everyone is yearning for becomes reality.
Organizers of the event, Way of the Cross, commended the President for patronizing the event, saying this attests to the fact that he is a God-fearing man who counts on prayer as a weapon of good leadership.
Way of the Cross is an interdenominational organization founded in 2004 to pray for salvation and transformation of Malawi.
President Chakwera, while still leader of Malawi Assemblies of God in those years, played a vital role in the formative years of Way of the Cross.