“To other people, leadership looks simple, but leadership is not an easy thing,” Mutharika said at the thanksgiving service of worship for Rev Alex Maulana, the outgoing secretary general of the CCAP Blantyre Synod, who has ended his eight years of tenure as SG.
The First Lady thanked Maulana for holding the service to thank God, saying one of the things he achieved was bringing peace to the Synod. “We need to thank God for the good leadership showed by Rev Maulana.”
She said God was waiting for the thanksgiving service, adding that the God “Blesses those who thank Him.”
“The more we say thank you, the more blessings we receive.
Top leaders of the Synod will on August 26 hold an elective conference to choose a new secretary general, while Maulana will be assigned other ecumenical duties.
Mutharika said: “In everything we do, we must thank God. Let’s thank God for the gift of leadership.
She said on the forthcoming elections of the new SG, “God’s will will be done. What we are and what we have is from God."
Senior moderator Rev Masauko Lyson Mbolembole said God sustained Maulana and “he has done his job God wanted.”
He described Maulana as “passionate about the CCAP, a leader with non-retributtable spirit which lacks in many people and a forgiving person who would shake hands with his enemies.”
Mbolembole said the church leant many lessons from Maulana, including being a listening leader and one who wanted his peers to be educated and struggled to find money for further education of clerics.
Maulana God used him as a weapon to do His work. “We are here because of God,” he said, recounting that he survived three car accidents, the last one with his wife and were being chauffeured. “We came out alive, I should have died, but God wanted me to continue His work.
Maulana is credited for introducing several key projects at the Synod such as the University of Blantyre Synod, a radio station, scores of new churches and manses, savings and credit association and Banki M’tchalichi to enhance a culture of saving among Christians.
The service was spiced with traditional dances and choirs.
About K510, 000 was received as offertory during the service and the church said this was going towards helping the needy.