Week 21 - Malawi, Zambia

20 May - 31 December 1969


Give thanks for:

  • Democratic multiparty politics in Malawi and Zambia, and peaceful transitions of leadership.
  • Rich agricultural land and environment.
  • The growth of the church.
  • Christians who stand by the poor and hungry.
  • Those who proclaim God’s will for justice.
  • Those who work for the cancellation of the burden of international debt that brings poverty and death to many Africans.
  • Good humour and those who can laugh in the face of grave problems.

Pray for:

  • The democratic governments in Malawi and Zambia, that they may work for the welfare and development of the nation, irrespective of party affiliation.
  • Those suffering from AIDS, and government efforts to combat the AIDS pandemic.
  • A sufficient supply of medical personnel, equipment and drugs in government hospitals and health centres.
  • Victims of floods and drought, that food production may again flourish.
  • The increasing numbers of school drop-outs, street youth and delinquents, that they may find hope and meaning in their lives.
  • Those affected by inflation and unemployment, that they may find work and be able to feed their families.




God of love, God of compassion,
in the midst of death and evil,
you mercifully look after us:
protecting, providing and smiling,
constantly reassuring us of your care.
Grant to us the joy of this occasion,
especially as we celebrate our birthdays,
knowing that your love is life.
Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may acquire a heart of wisdom,
through him whose life has become our light, even Jesus Christ.

© Rev. Dr Augustine Musopole, Malawi. AP pp.164, 11-12, 89


We are all affected by HIV/AIDS;
we are the body of Christ.
We have lost close relatives;
heal our bodies.
We have lost close friends and neighbours;
heal our hearts.
We have lost church and work mates;
heal our spirits.
We have lost our hope;
heal our minds.
We put our trust in you.
You are Emmanuel,
you are God With Us.
You will never leave us or forsake us.
You will be with us to the end of the ages.

© Fulata L. Moyo, Malawi, and Musa W. Dube, Botswana.  Africa Praying: A Handbook on HIV/AIDS Sensitive Sermon Guidelines and Liturgy, ed. Musa W. Dube, WCC, 2003, p.44.