Apostle Esau Banda calls for unity amid challenges at Malawi’s independence anniversary

By Burnett Munthali

Apostle Esau Banda of the Pentecost International Christian Centre (PICC) delivered a powerful message of unity during the national service of prayers marking Malawi’s 60th independence anniversary. Amidst the country’s myriad challenges, Apostle Banda emphasized the critical need for Malawians to unite, transcending religious and political divides to realize their collective development aspirations.

Quoting from the book of Nehemiah, Chapter 2, verse 17, Apostle Banda drew parallels to the rebuilding of Jerusalem, highlighting the scripture’s call to overcome adversity and rebuild despite challenges. “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire,” he recited, urging listeners to heed Nehemiah’s call to action: “Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”

In his sermon, Apostle Banda underscored the significance of unity in achieving national cohesion and progress. “We must rise above religious and political differences,” he declared, emphasizing that only through collective effort and solidarity can Malawi overcome its current trials and achieve sustainable development.

The national service of prayers served as a solemn occasion for reflection and renewal of commitment to the nation’s ideals. Attendees from various walks of life, including government officials, religious leaders, and members of the public, gathered to seek divine intervention and guidance for Malawi’s future.

“Apostle Banda’s message resonates deeply with our journey as a nation,” remarked one attendee, reflecting on the challenges Malawi faces and the imperative of unity in navigating them. “His call to rebuild and unite is timely and crucial for our national unity and development,” another participant added, highlighting the importance of collective action in overcoming obstacles.

As Malawi commemorates six decades of independence, Apostle Esau Banda’s sermon serves as a reminder of the resilience and spirit of unity that have defined the nation’s progress. It calls upon every Malawian to contribute positively towards building a more cohesive society, where differences are celebrated and harnessed for the common good.

In conclusion, Apostle Banda’s impassioned plea for unity echoes beyond the service of prayers, resonating as a call to action for all Malawians to unite, rebuild, and strive towards a prosperous and harmonious future.