By Paul Mwandira
In order to strengthen the role of youth in the Church,
youth from St Steven’s Parish in Karonga recently visited their counterparts of
St Michael’s Parish (Chitipa Zone) with the aim of sharing experiences on the youth
ministry and appreciate their role in the Catholic Church.
During the two day visit, the youth have learnt a lot on
concerning the youth ministry.
Delivering a talk, one of the instructors from St Steven’s
Parish highlighted the importance of learning and sharing visits which give
young people to interact at various levels and the in the process learn new
ways of doing things. He expressed optimism that after the event, there will be
significant change in the way they do things.
Taking his turn, Methodology Advisor for St Michael’s
Parish, Paul Mwandira, highlighted the demands that the Year of Missio Ad
Gentes has placed on the young people. He further encouraged the youth to utilize
the opportunity that has been given to them by the Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of the
Diocese of Karonga to grow in faith and minister to their friends. He said young
people in the Diocese have a special place in the heart of the Bishop, who also
commissioned them to minister to their friends.
Mwandira further urged the youth to reach out to their friends
who have lost their faith to come back to their fold and bring back those who
are no longer active in the youth ministry.
He reminded them that in whatever they do, they should not
lose focus that they do all things for the glory of God and the salvation of
their own souls.
The activity took place at Mubanga Outstation Centre as the
Chitipa Zone Centre was engaged with baptism and conformation.
A total of 130 young people were part of the gathering; 34
from Iponga Zone and 96 from Chitipa Zone.