Dr Davidson Chifungo from Malawi presented a very successful Leadership and Marriage seminar to 33 ministers’ couples of our sister church, the IRM (Igreja Reformada em Moçambique) Mphatso Synod at Villa Ulónguè in Northwest Mozambique a while ago. Their leadership did a great job in organising this training.
Dr Chifungo says, “The course covered important marriage-related themes such as Biblical foundations for marriage vs cultural expectations (Bible Study Gen. 2 and Matt. 19), gender based violence among leaders (Eph. 5:2-33), the role of the wife as a leader (the wife as pastor to the pastor), etc.
“We adopted a method of discussing in groups and reporting back to the main meeting. I, as the facilitator, also did some teaching and explanations.
“Rev. Besitala and his wife have clocked 28 years in marriage. They have ministered together and are currently the longest serving ministers in the synod (except Rev. Chikakuda, who has retired). For more than an hour Rev. Besistala and his wife were asked to be in the front and the rest of the couples asked them all sorts of questions ranging from general to private life, from ministry to their time of intimacy. They both responded to the questions and also encouraged the pastors and their wives. IT WAS REALLY BREAKING THE SILENCE FOR MANY COUPLES.
“After the training several couples came to talk to me in private. They needed prayer, guidance and counselling. I thank God for the confidence and trust that we managed to establish within such a short time. This proves that the training had a great impact indeed. We asked them to do the same training with their congregations and they all agreed to take the training further.”