The Covenant of Partnership between Ayr Presbytery and Bandawe and Limphasa Presbyteries in rural Northern Malawi began in 2004 when a World Mission team, including a minister from Ayr Presbytery, visited Malawi just after a very poor harvest.
The traumatic experience of seeing many people virtually starving led to an Ayr Presbytery team visit in 2006 to determine how best to help, and the Presbytery Partnership Agreement has been in place since then. Subsequent team visits have taken place in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014.
Presbytery Alternative Gift Cards. This year the Presbytery Malawi Committee has chosen solar lamps which will have many health benefits as well as providing a source of light for homes in the evening. The current use of kerosene lamps is both dangerous and costly, and many homes have no source of light at all which means children can’t study either. These cards can be purchased for £10, which provides one study-size lamp.
The Covenant has encouraged individual churches in Ayr Presbytery to Twin with individual churches in our two Partner Presbyteries. This has worked very well and the team visits are to help sustain, develop and strengthen these links and to manage the projects we support.
In addition to informed prayers, the areas identified to help the local communities include: churches – people and church buildings; orphans – orphan care centres and nurseries; widows – widows associations; education – primary and secondary school and a school for the deaf; health – clinics and hospitals and; the need to achieve long term sustainability.
The type of things which Ayr Presbytery has been involved in includes:
The links below will take you to the
websites of some of our participating churches and their individual
Malawi Partnerships information.
Ayr Presbytery is also a Member of the Scotland Malawi Partnership.
In 2009 Ayr Presbytery set up a Sub-Committee to oversee the Ayr/Bandawe and Limphasa Presbyteries Partnership, namely the Bandawe Presbytery Partnership [BPP] Ad Hoc Committee. The current Convenor is Rev. Stephen Ogston.
This Committee would like to take this opportunity to say a really big thank you to all those people throughout Ayrshire and beyond who have contributed so much over the years to the work which is being carried out in Malawi.
The Twinning Template is an outline for an agreement between congregations in Ayr Presbytery and Bandawe/Limphasa Presbyteries in Malawi.
The document will be a memorandum of understanding between the two
It should be agreed by both congregations and signed by their representatives, normally the minister and the Session Clerk, in order that both parties are clear about what to expect from their partnership and how long their agreement will last.
Signed copies of the Twinning Agreement should be retained by both
There is no requirement for a formal Twinning Agreement but some congregations have found it helpful.
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