2021 marked the tenth year of Portland’s partnership with the rural congregation of CCAP, Limphasa in Northern Malawi. In each of these years we have witnessed a deepening of our relationship with our Christian brethren through worship and in their daily lives which are often faced with very challenging situations and 2021 was no exception. The immediate economic effect of government imposed restrictions on the numbers attending church impacted on the welfare of the minister and his family. This situation was alleviated with funds gifted by Portland members together with additional funding to boost the Covid prevention measures being undertaken by the youths engaged in the congregation’s ‘Back to School’ project. Our timely response to these situations was particularly welcomed. The completion of the internal fitting out of the newly constructed church in Limphasa was finally achieved in 2021. This included the connection of the electricity supply to the church, the construction of a podium and the flooring of both transepts. Portland’s assistance with the funding of their new pulpit, communion table and three chairs was greatly appreciated. All of these incorporate much thought and display superb craftsmanship and are most fitting in their setting. A special Service of Dedication was held in July to mark this achievement. Members and friends of the congregation have again been active in knitting a great many tops, hats and blankets for shipment to Malawi via the Bananabox Trust. While dispatches have been disrupted for much of 2021 one shipment is currently in transit and includes items for new born infants at the Ekwendeni Mission Hospital, some sewing machines and other craft materials for the ReJoin Art Project at Limphasa. All of these are eagerly awaited. We were delighted to learn that the Rev Asayiwe Mwenitete had been awarded a Bachelor of Divinity degree with Credit by the University of Livingstonia and had been selected to be ‘capped’ by the President of Malawi. To achieve this success while serving as a full time minister and presbytery clerk is testament to the dedication he gave to his studies. Our partnership continues to have a positive impact both on individuals and in the wider community. Unfortunately the planned visitation to Malawi by representatives of Ayr Presbytery, including two elders from Portland, has had to be cancelled. However we continue to deepen the bond between the congregations, already linked through prayer, and brought closer together with the sharing of the many challenges faced throughout each year. Our activities continue to fulfil our objectives to help safeguard the future for the community, and for our fellow Christians in Malawi, both in spirit and body, bringing joy in giving and receiving in Christ’s name. If you would like to assist in supporting our partner congregation with a donation this can be done online using the following information: Troon Portland Church Bank Sort Code 80-09-88 Account number 00931213 Reference C-19 Malawi
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2021 marked the tenth year of Portland’s partnership with the rural congregation of CCAP, Limphasa in Northern Malawi. In each of these years we have witnessed a deepening of our relationship with our Christian brethren through worship and in their daily lives which are often faced with very challenging situations and 2021 was no exception. The immediate economic effect of government imposed restrictions on the numbers attending church impacted on the welfare of the minister and his family. This situation was alleviated with funds gifted by Portland members together with additional funding to boost the Covid prevention measures being undertaken by the youths engaged in the congregation’s ‘Back to School’ project. Our timely response to these situations was particularly welcomed. The completion of the internal fitting out of the newly constructed church in Limphasa was finally achieved in 2021. This included the connection of the electricity supply to the church, the construction of a podium and the flooring of both transepts. Portland’s assistance with the funding of their new pulpit, communion table and three chairs was greatly appreciated. All of these incorporate much thought and display superb craftsmanship and are most fitting in their setting. A special Service of Dedication was held in July to mark this achievement. Members and friends of the congregation have again been active in knitting a great many tops, hats and blankets for shipment to Malawi via the Bananabox Trust. While dispatches have been disrupted for much of 2021 one shipment is currently in transit and includes items for new born infants at the Ekwendeni Mission Hospital, some sewing machines and other craft materials for the ReJoin Art Project at Limphasa. All of these are eagerly awaited. We were delighted to learn that the Rev Asayiwe Mwenitete had been awarded a Bachelor of Divinity degree with Credit by the University of Livingstonia and had been selected to be ‘capped’ by the President of Malawi. To achieve this success while serving as a full time minister and presbytery clerk is testament to the dedication he gave to his studies. Our partnership continues to have a positive impact both on individuals and in the wider community. Unfortunately the planned visitation to Malawi by representatives of Ayr Presbytery, including two elders from Portland, has had to be cancelled. However we continue to deepen the bond between the congregations, already linked through prayer, and brought closer together with the sharing of the many challenges faced throughout each year. Our activities continue to fulfil our objectives to help safeguard the future for the community, and for our fellow Christians in Malawi, both in spirit and body, bringing joy in giving and receiving in Christ’s name. If you would like to assist in supporting our partner congregation with a donation this can be done online using the following information: Troon Portland Church Bank Sort Code 80-09-88 Account number 00931213 Reference C-19 Malawi