Nkhoma Synod clocks 124 years

By Banthu Times Reporter 29/11/2013

Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Thursday this week commemorated 124 years of its existence in the country.nkhoma synod

In an interview newly elected moderator for the synod, Rev. Dr. Chatha Msangaamb,e described the day as a great milestone in as far as the synod’s mission of preaching the world of God is concerned.

He said over the years, the synod among others had managed to contribute towards various social sectors of the country such as education, agriculture as well as health.
The moderator also said at present, the synod has close to two million members across all its 171 congregations.

“Though we have managed to reach this far, we have also had some challenges, one of them being HIV and Aids. I must admit we have lost a very unspeakable number of our members due to the pandemic,” lamented Msangaambe.

He then said as a church through its various departments will make sure that its members are free from social as well as economic challenges so that the synod grows to Gods glory.
On the border squabble between the synod and its sister Livingstonia, Msangaambe said it had not affected the synod’s operations in any way.

He added that “In fact, the synod has grown rapidly from that time till now. The number of congregations in the city has also doubled to 30.”

He then said at the end of this year, the General Assembly which comprises of all the church’s synods will make a decision whether the two synods should have boundaries or not.
Nkhoma Synod was founded in 1889 in the area of Traditional Authority Chiwere at Mvera in Dowa district.
However, the headquarters was moved to Nkhoma after 23 years due to Tsetse flies and inadequate water for agriculture, according to the moderator.
Though the three synods produced a common hymnal, Nkhoma Synod had the Bible translated into Chichewa at Kaso Hill in Mvera.
The Church maintains the Nkhoma Institute for Continued Theological Training, and along with its sister synods, Zomba Theological College.

CCAP Nkhoma Synod Health Department covers the central area of Malawi and comprises Nkhoma Hospital, 10 health centres and the Nkhoma College of Nursing.
The synod’s HIV/AIDS Community Program was established in January 2000 in response to the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Schools such as Mlanda Girls, Robert Brake and William Murray are some of the institutions that the synod owns as well as the just established Nkhoma University and Radio respectively.