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 and 2012.
The Covenant has encouraged individual churches in Ayr Presbytery to Twin with individual churches in the 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. Dundonald Parish Church has twinned with Mdjaka Church and Mlore McAlpine Nursery School.
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.
You can read our 2012 partnership report here.
For more information on Ayr Presbytery and Malawi see the Presbytery website here.