Inspiration

Education key to full potential

Young people have an enormous stake in the present and future state of Earth. Almost half of the human population is under the age of 25. If young people’s resources of energy, time, and knowledge are misdirected towards violence, terrorism, socially-isolating technologies, and unsustainable consumption, civilization risks destabilization. Yet, there is a powerful opportunity for society if young people can participate positively in all aspects of sustainable development. In order to do so, young people need education, political support, resources, skills, and hope.

Education is important in eradicating poverty and hunger and in promoting sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth and sustainable development. Increased efforts towards education accessibility, quality and affordability are central to global development efforts.

A good quality education helps children reach their full potential; however, for millions of children and youth, it is beyond reach and many are not learning basic skills like reading and math if they do attend school.

As we look at the Importance of Education as a Development  Tool, Education remains the main focus as it is a key to lifting people out of poverty. Education gives people in poverty the skills to not only earn money but also improve their basic daily knowledge…

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Inspiration , Soccer

Goodbye Egypt

As the battle of the Titans unfolded between South Africa and Egypt, fans in the streets of Cairo suffered an excruciating pain. This, in effect, means the end of the crowds for the rest of the tournament.

Rainbow Nation

Football history records that in 1974 they had 80,000 for their semi-final match against Zaire which they lost 3-2. The final between Zambia and Zaire in the same stadium had only 8,000 spectators. I fear the same may happen this time. The Rainbow Nation, Mzansi has recorded an interesting history, unearthing the Pharaos at home with a single goal, unanswered.

I like Exodus 14:13 . The Egyptians you see today, you will never see them again.

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Inspiration , Investment

Everything You Need to Know About Business Partnerships

A partnership in a business is similar to a personal partnership. Both business and personal partnerships involve: Pooling money toward a common purpose; Sharing individual skills and resources, and Sharing in the ups and downs of profit and loss.

Every business sits on mountains of data, but applying that data to arrive at strategic insights will help businesses achieve their transformational goals. The success of your business depends on the relationship between IT and Finance.

A business partnership is a specific kind of legal relationship formed by the agreement between two or more individuals to carry on a business as co-owners. A partnership is a business with multiple owners, each of whom has invested in the business. Some partnerships include individuals who work in the business, while other partnerships may include partners who have limited participation and also limited liability for the debts and lawsuits against the business.

If your business will be owned and operated by several individuals, you’ll want to take a look at structuring your business as a partnership.

Obviously, only go into business with those you trust. Vet everyone in your business dealings, whether it be a contractor, a tenant, etc. This could mean conducting background checks and calling personal references. This is especially true with your business partner(s) and is by far the most important way to protect yourself when entering a partnership.

Address potential issues before they become issues. Talk about worst-case scenarios. If your partner isn’t willing to do so, for whatever reason, you have the wrong partner.

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Gospel , Inspiration , Investment

ECG Giyani New Church Building

The vision of the church is to build relationships and change lives in the numerous poor neighborhoods within communities in a given surrounding.

ECG Giyani

God’s vision is  to empower His servants within the church, the opportunity to serve the poor. Also, the Church’s vision is to empower the children of God in neighborhoods to serve and give back within their communities.

ECG vision includes planting new church’s, training pastors, teaching the gospel of God, building homes and church’s, sponsoring children to school, feeding breakfast to children each morning, offering periodic health and dental clinics, plus numerous other important service offerings to community members. Amazingly, Giyani branch is on course and in-line with this vision.

ECG Giyani Church Gathering

Pastor Paul Banda, the resident minister spoke to us about how God has graced him. “The church has advanced at a supersonic speed despite earlier challenges. I’m thankful to my spiritual father, Major 1 for giving me the grace to serve under him. God of Major 1 has given us a very big land for church construction and expansion. With over 4,000 members of Giyani, the sky is the limit as we see God’s grace unfolding day in and out.”

“I can say that we are the biggest church gathering in an area with more than 130 denominations. I thank all the sons and daughters of Major 1 who have enormously contributed to the construction of a modern building with 3,500 seating capacity. The next building we are embarking on is the ECG School and dispensary.” said Pastor Paul.

Pastor Paul Banda

It must be everyone’s desire to help build communities by constructing houses, schools, hospitals, and churches. ECG Giyani and Pastor Paul have projects to provide shelter for families who are less privileged, education opportunities to help break the cycle of poverty, facilities for physical and spiritual healing, and places to build up the body of Christ.

For so long now, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, the leader and founder of ECG has emphasized the need to help the needy as he demonstrates the same through his ‘Beacon of Hope’ program.

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Inspiration

About Honorary Doctorates and Titles

Dickson Jere speaks…

In 2011, President Rupiah Banda was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate Degree by Rusangu University of the SDA. He graciously accepted the accolade, which was followed by another one from a foreign university. However, he asked me to issue a formal statement to announce that he will not use the “Dr”title.

Dickson Jere

And that is how he was never addressed as Dr. Banda. Today, President Edgar Lungu has taken a similar stance ahead of being conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree next week by the University of Zambia. I commend the President for the position taken. Let us leave these titles to the academia! I hope rest of politicians with Honorary Doctorates will heed the President message and stop using the “Dr” titles forthwith.

Former Zambian – President Rupiah Banda

By the way, in 2010, the University of Zambia conferred Honorary Doctorate Degree on President Jacob Zuma of South Africa (as he then was), which he accepted at a ceremony held at Mulungushi International Conference Centre during his State Visit to Zambia. He has never been addressed as “Dr” Zuma. Former South Africa President and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela had a chain of Honorary Doctorate Degrees but never used the title “Dr.”.

Current Zambian President – Edgar Lungu

President Banda always wondered why my generation loves “free things” and “titles” without earning them. He reminded me that he and his boyhood friend Vernon Mwaanga served as Ambassadors in a number of countries but never accepted to be addressed as “Ambassador”. They preferred to be addressed by their initials “RB” or “VJ”. RB was Ambassador to Egypt, and then United Nations in New York and later Ambassador to the United States. But he never accepted to be addressed as “Ambassador Banda”. Same with VJ, he has never been addressed as “Ambassador Mwaanga”.

Some former diplomats still use the “Ambassador” title even after being recalled. Same with “Honourable”, the most abused title in Zambia. Every former Minister or Member of Parliament still wants to be addressed as “Honorable” including those who are merely aspiring to be MPs. And cadres have perfected the art of calling them “Honourable” when they want to “kolopa” them!

As for me, call me “DJ” or better still “Counsel” as I earned it. Nothing more! We just love titles in Zambia!

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Source: Facebook Page (Dickson Jere)

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Gospel , Inspiration

Character MUST be Good

Apostle Felixosis speaks: “If you have a good character, maintain it and never change.

Your CHARACTER determines the CALENDAR given at a specific position. Some people because of bad character stays at a great position for 360 days on a calendar while those with a good character can maintain it for a lifetime. Those with ears have heard.

Apostle Felixosis

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Gospel , Inspiration

How Majestic Is Your Name (Psalm 8:1-2)

“O LORD
how majestic is your name in all the earth! 
You have set your glory 
above the heavens.” (8:1)

3When I consider your heavens, 
the work of your fingers, 
the moon and the stars, 
which you have set in place, 
4what is man that you are mindful of him, 
the son of man that you care for him? 
5You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings 
and crowned him with glory and honor.” (8:3-5)

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Gospel , Inspiration , Music

Lero 🎶 Rebirth

Music of Malawi has historically been influenced through its triple cultural heritage of British, African, and American music.

Macfarlane Magombo (Rebirth)

Malawians have long been travelers and migrant workers, and as a result, their music has spread across the African continent and blended with other music forms. Malawians working in the mines in South Africa and Mozambique also led to fusion and blending in music styles, giving rise to music styles like Kwela, Malawian  jazz, Malawian  kwasa kwasa, Malawian hip-hop/rap R&B and reggae.

Since 1994, the country has seen a steady growth in its music industries and in its local celebrities. Due to the period of music suppression, many of Malawi’s new and up-and-coming artists are young. Artists like Young Kay are being supported by the veterans in the industry and are working together to give Malawian music a distinct new identity.

Rebirth

Meet Macfarlane Magombo, a Malawian born and bred hip hop artist better known by his stage name Rebirth. In 2014, Rebirth joined the Entertainment industry with his debut song “Hashtag Jesus” (#JESUS)

A gospel rapper from Lilongwe and founder of The Rebirth Foundation, Rebirth happens to be the fastest growing Malawi urban artist who is gives hope in this industry.

‘Lero’ is the latest track released, on 3 June this year and displays a class of it’s own. We have no doubt that Rebirth has set a standard which Malawian urban gospel music needs to follow.

To download this track, hit the link here

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Gospel , Inspiration

The Lord Takes Care of His Creation

Psalm 104 

I praise you, Lord God,
    with all my heart.
You are glorious and majestic,
dressed in royal robes
    and surrounded by light.
You spread out the sky
    like a tent,
    and you built your home
    over the mighty ocean.
The clouds are your chariot
    with the wind as its wings.
The winds are your messengers,
    and flames of fire
    are your servants.

You built foundations
for the earth,
    and it
    will never be shaken.
You covered the earth
with the ocean
    that rose
    above the mountains.
Then your voice thundered!
And the water flowed
    down the mountains
    and through the valleys
    to the place you prepared.
Now you have set boundaries,
    so that the water will never
    flood the earth again.

10 You provide streams of water
    in the hills and valleys,
11 so that the donkeys
and other wild animals
    can satisfy their thirst.
12 Birds build their nests nearby
    and sing in the trees.
13 From your home above
you send rain on the hills
    and water the earth.
14 You let the earth produce
    grass for cattle,
    plants for our food,
15     wine to cheer us up,
    olive oil for our skin,
    and grain for our health.

16 Our Lord, your trees
    always have water,
    and so do the cedars
    you planted in Lebanon.
17 Birds nest in those trees,
    and storks make their home
    in the fir trees.
18 Wild goats find a home
    in the tall mountains,
    and small animals can hide
    between the rocks.

19 You created the moon
    to tell us the seasons.
The sun knows when to set,
20     and you made the darkness,
    so the animals in the forest
    could come out at night.
21 Lions roar as they hunt
    for the food you provide.
22 But when morning comes,
    they return to their dens,
23     then we go out to work
    until the end of day.

24 Our Lord, by your wisdom
    you made so many things;
    the whole earth is covered
    with your living creatures.
25 But what about the ocean
    so big and wide?
    It is alive with creatures,
    large and small.
26 And there are the ships,
    as well as Leviathan,[a]
    the monster you created
    to splash in the sea.

27 All of these depend on you
    to provide them with food,
28 and you feed each one
with your own hand,
    until they are full.
29 But when you turn away,
    they are terrified;
    when you end their life,
    they die and rot.
30 You created all of them
    by your Spirit,
    and you give new life
    to the earth.

31 Our Lord, we pray
that your glory
    will last forever
and that you will be pleased
    with what you have done.
32 You look at the earth,
    and it trembles.
    You touch the mountains,
    and smoke goes up.
33 As long as I live,
    I will sing and praise you,
    the Lord God.
34 I hope my thoughts
    will please you,
    because you are the one
    who makes me glad.

35 Destroy all wicked sinners
from the earth
    once and for all.
With all my heart
I praise you, Lord!
    I praise you!

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Gospel , Humanitarianism , Inspiration

ECG Blantyre on the streets

Last week Thursday Apostle Innocent Nyirenda and his team we were in Chikobwe Blantyre where they managed to reach out to 17 families. These families could not even afford to find food as some are blind, widows, disabled and some are looking orphans. It is encouraging to see ECG Church clinging to the vision of the visionary, Major 1 by sharing with the needy, the little God has placed in our hands. A pictorial for the activity below:

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