It was a joyous moment as the brethren observed this great event in Blantyre for the first time. This year’s Feast made a great difference. Firstly, the Blantyre congregation converged on Malawi’s Commercial Capital, Blantyre, where the UCG has its newly constructed hall. Heartfelt thanks to LifeNets International for making this dream come true. In the past such an event took place at Nkopola in the lakeshore district of Mangochi. This turn of events made everyone happy. Over a hundred brethren observed the Feast ranging in age from minors to those in their 80s. The Feast itself was filled with choirs, hymns, sermonettes, sermons as well as various activities. These activities included a senior citizens dinner, a children’s treat, a variety show, sports and Feast dance. Brethren had a good time and a wonderful Feast of Tabernacles. Members enjoyed several delicious meals prepared by the women, and they enjoyed eating and fellowshipping together.
The guest minister, Shannon Lucas from Texas, U.S.A., and the local pastor, Gracious Mpilangwe, touched on a number of subjects in the sermons they presented. It was about the Feast and what it pictures, the wonderful world tomorrow, how God will change both human and animal nature and bring in peace, harmony and life in abundance for all mankind. They also covered Christian living issues—how we can be light and salt to the world by the way we conduct ourselves. The sermons reactivated the spiritual growth in the minds of the brethren.
“I can’t believe we are meeting in our own church hall. I’m happy to be around and witness this great moment!” said one longtime member who is 87 years old.
As everything came to a close, everyone looked forward to the next Feast with eagerness.
Yes, with a new place and environment, there were some challenges physical in nature. However the spiritual food surpassed all these challenges, and the Feast ended on a good note. It was regarded as one of the best Feasts ever.