Kaviyere Presbyterian Congregation in Embangweni, Malawi, our sister church.
Sparta Westminster Presbyterian members, Bob and Alene Holloway spend two months in Embanqweni, Malawi every year assisting the community in digging wells to provide clean water, helping with medical needs, and education. This year, they helped build an addition to help accommodate the ever growing congregation.
Sparta Westminster Presbyterian members, Bob and Alene Holloway spend two months in Embanqweni, Malawi every year assisting the community in digging wells to provide clean water, helping with medical needs, and education. This year, they helped build an addition to help accommodate the ever growing congregation. The congregation recently renamed their church to honor Sparta Westminster and the Holloways.
Ten years ago, the Session of Sparta Westminster Church commissioned Bob and Alene Holloway to start a new Presbyterian Sister Church near Embangweni, Malawi. The Holloway's are Volunteer Lay Agricultural/Medical Missionaries. People from nearby Prayer Houses were directed by the Loudon Presbytery to join together to form a new congregation.
Sparta Westminster provided the funds for the new church. The new congregation members molded all of the brick for the church and supplied all of the manual labor. The local tribal chief gave 20 acres of land for the new church site. It took 2 years to complete the church and then a manse was built with solar electricity for the new minister. The new church was named after a nearby stream, Kaviyere.
Church members walk as far as 12 miles to come to the Kaviyere Presbyterian Mother Church. Since some members cannot walk that far, especially during the rainy season when the rivers are high, Prayer Houses (small churches) are built in the villages. To date Kaviyere has 11 Prayer Houses. Elders from the Mother Church conduct the services at the Prayer Houses. Holy Communion is conducted monthly at the Mother Church.
One of the Prayer Houses was built as a memorial to a dedicated Sparta Primary teacher and Westminster Church Member, Kay Jackson. The family and friends of Steve Jackson funded the Kay Jackson Prayer House. A dedication plaque for Kay Jackson is embedded into the wall of her Prayer House
Kaviyere has grown from the start of a new congregation 10 years ago into a congregation that exceeds 3000. The church was too small for the services. It was decided to enlarge the church and Sparta Westminster would fund the new addition. Again the congregation molded all of the brick and supplied the manual labor. The Holloway's helped with the construction in September of this year.
October 5th was the 10th anniversary of the Kaviyere Church. Bob and
Alene were inducted into the Men's and Women's Guild as elders. By a
unanimous vote of the congregation, Kaviyere was renamed estminster