‘Malawi Kneels Down’ campaign launching as protests erupt amidst cost-of-living crisis

Christian group National Repentance Malawi (NRM) is mobilising citizens to participate in a national prayer campaign dubbed ‘Malawi Kneels Down’ as the country grapples with crippling inflation, forex woes and violent protests.

Citizens have been urged to participate in the repentance and prayer campaign from August 16 to 22. The main prayer venues will be the Chimbiya Baptist Church in Dedza, Mpilitsi Primary School in Balaka, Emmanuel Christian Church at Goliyati in Thyolo and Elshammah Ministries Church in Chikwawa. But NRM national coordinator Rev Edward Mikwamba has called on people who cannot reach the main venues to prayer where they are — “in their homes, in their offices, and on the mountains”.

The timing of the prayer campaign overlaps with plans by anti-government protesters to deliver petitions to presidential residences in Lilongwe, Blantyre, Zomba, Mangochi and Mzuzu on August 18. They accuse President Lazarus Chakwera of ignoring their repeated requests for action on skyrocketing consumer costs affecting the poor. A number of recent consumer protests have been accompanied by looting of shops, clashes with police and other violence.

At the end of July NRM asked President Chakwera, a former national church leader, to dedicate August as a month of prayer and repentance. Rev Mikwamba told Gateway News they have not yet had any response from the president.

But he said they have many testimonies of God intervening in their nation — and in neighbouring countries — in response to heartfelt prayer.

He said prayer points will include the economy, nepotism, witchcraft, corruption, abortion, disease outbreaks and suffering due to natural disasters.

Speakers from Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa will participate, as well as speakers from the US and UK who will join via Zoom. Many intercessors around the world will participate in the campaign, he said

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