Area: 118,484 sq km
Central African state extending along Lake Malawi and its outflow river, the Shire. A landlocked nation whose southern half is virtually an enclave within Mozambique.
Population: 15,691,784 Annual Growth: 2.82%
Official language: Chichewa and English Languages: 24 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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The major issues to be tackled by the churches are:
a) Maintaining effective ministry in the midst of deep poverty and the growing AIDS crisis.
b) Effective and appropriate theological education. There are 17 Protestant and four Roman Catholic seminaries and Bible schools. Pray for the CCAP theological faculty at Zomba to take a more strongly evangelical stand. Pray for many to be called into the ministry. Pray for the further establishment of pastoral training programmes among the fast-growing Pentecostal and charismatic churches.
c) Training for pastors and workers, because the traditional model of theological education cannot produce leaders fast enough to meet the needs of the rapidly growing Church. Poor rural churches are especially needy few can afford to train or support workers. TEE courses are run from Zomba by TEEM (TEE of Malawi). In-service training for pastors is available through various means.
d) Financial provision for theological students and pastors in training, since poverty is the primary factor hampering theological education. Pray for provision via funding and partnerships. Pray also for new models of training that can accommodate the many poor and already overstretched pastors.
e) Unity. Pray for more cooperation among the Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM), the more mainline Christian Council (CCM) and the charismatic churches.
Student ministries flourish (Life Ministries/CCCI, SCOM/IFES, SU, Chi Alpha), with over 500 SCOM student groups, involving 30,000 young people. CCCI moves beyond the campus to partner with churches in discipleship and evangelism training. Students are spiritually open, but not just to the gospel. Pray for a lasting impact from student ministries that lifelong disciples be formed and the entire nation transformed.
For an additional 7 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Malawi.