Fellow Christians in the Anglican Diocese of Lake Malawi and across the world, God is with us!
December, 2017 marks yet another season of Christmas celebrations. My dear brothers and sisters, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, Our Saviour and Redeemer, let us reflect on our daily lives. Let us utilize this opportunity to check how we have behaved before God and before our neighbours as we live in this challenging world!
You will agree with me that, in this year that is coming to an end, Christians across the world have encountered challenges that have permeated all aspects of life, be it spiritual, social – economic, political etc. However, we are glad that our God has seen us through them all; and since he is the same today and tomorrow, we are confident that he will remain our protector and will continue to provide us with success!
As people search for satisfaction of their heart’s desires in an ever-changing world, I wish to urge you believers to grow strong roots in the true Word of God, taking cognizance of the fact that it is through the heart, and not our intellect that we connect with God. It is by faith that we please God! It is sad that many people have tried to use their heads to reason out matters of God. Thus, they have departed from the Word of God and in the process, mislead others. Thus, they have appeared like Christians when actually they are prey for the devil! It is no secret that some so-called Christian churches do promote same-sex marriages, abortion and many other evil acts. In the developing world, such behaviours have been condoned among Christians due to poverty since these satanic acts have been accompanied with the allure of money. Let me urge you, my fellow Christians to stand firm when enticed by such things, which appeal to the flesh.
The world also continues to harbor social injustice. Developed and wealthy nations continue to oppress developing countries through exploitation of resources, imposition of governance frameworks, and even providing developing countries, or ethnic groups within them, with dangerous weapons so that they annihilate each other. Let me take this opportunity to address African leaders whether Christians or non-Christian. African leaders, wake up! Start leading your people! Stop misleading them! Stop being arrogant, selfish, and self-enriching. Fight and safeguard against bribery, corruption, nepotism, fraud and all such vices, which are enemies of development in your nations. Take the lead in being patriotic. Be united so as to develop your respective countries, and Africa as a whole! Jesus was born for the whole world and all manner of people regardless of nation, colour, race, language etc. Hence Africa needs to reflect the love and victory of Christ.
Finally, brothers and sisters, be reminded that Jesus brought light to all who believe in Him, and so all believers in Christ walk in His light. I wish to reiterate that we should resist the deceit of this world but be doers of the true Word of God. As for Christians of my diocese, the Anglican Diocese of Lake Malawi, continue loving Jesus and his work. Be united be one, as Jesus commanded in John 17:2ff. I wish you all a joyous and Merry Christmas, and a prosperous 2018. God bless you!
– 23 December 2017 –
Bishop Francis Kaulanda
Fellow Christians in the Anglican Diocese of Lake Malawi and across the world,
It is with the greatest gratitude to God the Almighty that I address you on this Bishop’s Corner on our own diocesan website. As a Diocese we have for long dreamt of having a website to complement the various means that we have for communicating to all our stakeholders. But finally, in God’s time, here we are!
I will be using the Bishop’s corner to periodically empty my chest on the various critical issues arising within our diocese. Although these addresses shall mostly be proactive where we anticipate issues and address them in advance, we cannot rule out circumstances where we will have to address some issues reactively. Therefore, I implore you to check the Bishop’s corner frequently in order to follow what is going on within the mind of your Bishop.
This being the inaugural address on the website, I wished to limit myself to salutation remarks. However, there are two important issues that I wish to highlight from the onset. Firstly, I wish to request all of you to join me in congratulating the Young Couples/Young Professionals in our Diocese for developing this website. As some of you may be aware, Young Couples/Young Professionals is a ministry that was born from a meeting I initiated in 2016 with this category of Christians. Whilst by then the Young Couples ministry had already been established and was already entrenched at the St Thomas Anglican Church, young professionals in the Diocese did not have a framework for contributing to church development.
During that meeting I challenged these Christians to contribute more towards church development both in terms of ideas and resources. Our heated and open discussion resulted in the formation of the Young Couples/Young Professionals, a ministry that is intended at utilizing the skills, energies and resources of our quasi-youthful Christians to reform the way we handle business in the Diocese. Even as this ministry establishes itself, it has already set goals to be achieved in the short, medium, and long term and the website is one of the short term goals that has been achieved! Let me therefore, encourage and support this group to get established and assist the operations of the Diocese. I also wish to exhort the rest of the Christians in the Diocese to support them by providing them with all the creative ideas, among others!
Secondly, let me take this opportunity to continue reminding all and sundry of what the Diocese is. In a nutshell, a Diocese refers to all the Anglican Christians that are within the jurisdiction termed as such! Therefore, in the case of the Anglican Diocese of Lake Malawi, each Anglican Christian within its geographical boundaries, including me your Bishop, make the Diocese. If you reader is from this Diocese you, plus me and the rest of the other Christians herein, are the Anglican Diocese of Lake Malawi! Therefore, when we who are Christians within this Diocese talk of the Diocese being poor, disorganized, unaccountable, not transparent etc. we are talking about ourselves! That is sad but unfortunately true! The practical aspect of that fact is that all the areas that can be optimized within the Diocese are the responsibility of each one of us who belong to this Diocese. Much as the Bishop is entrusted with leading the Diocese, he is not the Diocese! Hence the status of any Diocese reflects the state of each Christians therein! This is food for meditation for all of us. Let me stop here for now.
Finally, may God bless all of you who had the time to read through this message. Let us all go and work in God’s vineyard and let us maximize this website by using it for our day to day communications regarding the work of God
Bishop Francis Kaulanda