The First Lady Gertrude Mutharika on Friday led women in the country in commemorating Women’s World Day of Prayers with a call for women in Malawi to relentlessly pray against challenges facing women and the country.

Speaking at St Louis Catholic Parish in Balaka, the First Lady said it is important for women to always find time and gather together in prayer as they are the ones who bear the blunt in times of problems.

She said Women have an advantage of the God given opportunity where God listens and grants their prayers.

Madame Mutharika said as Malawians continue to struggle with various challenges, women must strive to be like the biblical Esther, who saved her entire family from extinction through prayer and fasting.

“As women we have an advantage because we can pray to God and ask for anything and it can be granted. That is why in all the challenges we face as women we must use prayer as a weapon to change our situation.

“Just as the biblical Esther, let us pray to the point that our problems or our enemies must fear to attack us because they know we are too prayerful and their plans cannot work,” said Madam Mutharika.

In her sermon, Reverend Gertrude Kapuma called on women and all people in positions of influence to be genuine women of God for them to serve the people they lead with love, obedient and humility just as Jesus Christ taught them

According to Kapuma, Jesus Christ did not only preach love and humility but lived and demonstrated it when he washed feet of his disciples.

“Jesus wants us to be humble and serve others with genuine love, humility and obedience through which unity can flourish among people of different groups, economic and social back grounds. For us to give genuine humility, we have to be genuine women of God ,” said Kapuma.

In her address, Minister of Health Dr. Jean Kalilani hailed the organizers of the event saying the prayers are a unifying factor.

She said through such prayer gatherings, women share a lot of ideas and encourage each other to develop themselves as per the Policy of President Peter Mutharika’s government.

The prayers held under the theme; ‘Jesus said, do you know what I have done for you?’ drew together women from different churches across the country.

Wife to the vice President Mary Chilima, the former Official Hostess Mama C. Tamanda Kadzamira were among the high profile figures who graced the prayers.

The offerings from this year’s prayers will go towards charity activities at Zomba Maximum Prison, Zomba General Hospital and the flood victims.

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