By Fostina Mkandawire:
President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera Wednesday called upon every Malawian to pursue self reliance with tenacity so that they could live a dignified life.
He made the call in Lilongwe when he presided over the inauguration of a multi-billion Jireh Bible House by the Bible Society of Malawi.
Chakwera said the culture of always depending handouts should end and everyone should always think of how they could benefit the country.
The President expressed concern over how Malawians do not embrace the concept of self reliance and called upon Malawians to emulate what the Bible Society of Malawi has done to construct a multibillion building by using their own means.
“We should not always think about what the government can do for us, I know politicians have always given us a mentality that they can solve all our problems but that is not the case,” he said.
Chakwera commended the Bible Society of Malawi for always thinking of ways to stay relevant and how they could give back to the country.
He said the magnificent structure that was being inaugurated was a physical evidence of the Society’s long lasting legacy even the future generation will benefit.
The Malawi Leader frowned at critics who would think that his presence at the inauguration ceremony was unnecessary saying such sentiments arguing that it was necessary for him to be present because the Bible Society has always been there to ensure that they made available the word of God to every citizen.
“The Bible that was used to swear me into office was donated by the Bible Society of Malawi even my predecessors used the same Bible,” he disclosed.
Board Chairperson for the Bible Society of Malawi, Gary Jumbe said they have constructed the K 3.1 Billion three storey building so that they could have proper physical presence in the central region.
He said the building would be used for offices for their growing work while at the same time resourcing the work by having extra space to let out.
“Our goal was to build at least a three storey structure which will house a Bible shop, offices, mini warehouse an extra floors to be let out as income generating facility,” Jumbe said.
He said the Jireh Bible House seeks to achieve self-sustainability for the Bible society, so that they could deliver the ministry services with honour and dignity.
“We want to have a Bible society which is able to raise all financial resources to carry it’s task of making the word of God readily available to all her people and helping to contribute to the general welfare of the United Bible Societies worldwide,” the Chairperson said.
The Bible Society of Malawi has been operational in Malawi for 57 years and they have offices in all regions of the country.