Two thousand young people were expected when the Fellowship of Youth branch of the Zambesi Evangelical Churches arranged its three day conference from 4th to 6th June. It was held at Ntcheu in the centre of Malawi and by Friday evening it was estimated that 2000 had arrived from the Ntcheu area alone.
This immediately created a shortage of food and accommodation difficulties to the extent that it was not possible to hold the sessions planned for Friday evening. However, that didn't prevent many more arriving on Saturday when groups came from as far away as Chitipa in the very far north and Nsanje on the southern tip of the country. Thankfully, food supplies were obtained and the conference meetings were able to get underway on Saturday morning.
Although the conference was held in the largest secondary school in the district, the main hall was far too small for the crowd so those under 15 years of age - the largest group - met in the open air while those over 15 squashed into the large hall.
ZM's Abraham Folayan, who was to have been one of the speakers on Friday evening, comments, "It was with gratitude to God that we later heard that He intervened and the meetings were able to commence on Saturday and finished well on Sunday. Many were blessed according to the Lord's promise that His word will not return to Him without accomplishing its purpose".
Rev. Willard Muwalo, FoY national co-ordinator, writes, "In spite of the problems presented by a crowd of around 4000, the young people were really motivated and enjoyed the conference which ended on Sunday with a musical celebration. The theme of the weekend was 'A Call to Discipleship' and we studied prayer, Bible study, witnessing and fellowship as the main topics. This conference will be followed by follow up meetings in the three main regions of Malawi."
Please thank God with us for the impact the Fellowship of Youth has, not only in the lives of individual young people but also in the ZEC Churches.