These are exciting and challenging days for ZM and the work in Malawi
with the appointment of Malawian colleagues to fulfil two major roles.
Rosie Chirwa will take up her position as ZM Projects Officer on 1st February
and Simon Chikwana will commence his work on 1st April.
See November 2010 News
Later in the year Ruth and Abraham Folayan will be leaving Malawi and retiring to their homeland of Nigeria. They will be missed enormously and will leave big gaps particularly at the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi where they have served so faithfully and effectively for the past fifteen years.
But Abraham rejoices in the appointment of Malawian brothers and sisters to take over major roles in both the College and the Mission.
"It is with great gratitude to God that we pass on the baton to these dear friends. We believe that the best people to be in the forefront of the work here are well trained and supported Malawians. Like the missionaries before them, these brethren are leaving well paid jobs to answer this call. They need to be supported. Please, pray for the Zambesi Mission in this vital step of faith.
Projects Coordinator is a new post which will be filled by Mrs Rosie Chirwa who will be responsible for assessing the viability of Church projects presently being financed, or partly financed, by ZM as well as advising on the expansion of projects and the acceptance of new ones.
Rosie is married with four children. Her husband, Roy, is ZM's Honorary Personnel Adviser in Malawi. She has always worked in industrial and commercial settings and has headed up her own department before rising to the post of Assistant Branch Manager. She has wide-experience and expertise in all aspects of administration including financial administration, as well as local management and promotion.
Rosie is currently studying part-time for an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration, which she is due to complete in 2011. She has also undertaken discipleship training with the Navigators, taking several different courses over a five-year period, and has trained as a Girls Brigade Leader and a Sunday School Teacher. She is currently a Sunday School Teacher in her church, which is Ndirande Zambesi Evangelical Church (where ZM's Abraham Folayan is Associate Pastor).
Simon Chikwana , the new ZM Field Director, is married with three children. During his student years, he lived for three years in England, as well as 6 months in Zimbabwe. He comes from a technical background but has held managerial positions for some years now and is currently employed as a manager in Universal Industries in Blantyre.
Amongst his employment-related skills are team-building and leading, strategic planning and "effecting change on the ground". And in previous roles he has spearheaded all strategic planning in relation to development and effectiveness
He is an elder at Chipata Zambesi Evangelical Church in Blantyre) and Treasurer of Blantyre South Quarterly (Area group of ZEC Churches. Simon was Church Secretary of his previous church, Ndirande ZEC for 10 years.
He has served in major national roles within ZEC, including national Chairman of the Fellowship of Youth (FoY), as well as representing ZEC nationally on the planning committee for the Malawi Keswick Convention in 2007 and 2008. He is currently Chairman of a number of Church Project Committees, including the Committee which has this year, successfully built the largest Church in ZEC and done so with no external funding.
Simon has been involved with two other churches, CCAP (Presbyterian) and Baptist, in evangelism and he was Secretary of the resulting Evangelism Team. With his wife, Edna, he has also done a great deal of marriage counselling with Christian young people.
Last October he completed the Diploma in Theology and Christian Ministry after 3 years of part time study on the EBCoM Extension Programme .