In Malawi, Adventist Church President Emphasizes Total Member Involvement

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Ted Wilson meets the nation’s president, visits Adventist institutions across the country.

If anyone in Malawi had never heard of Total Member Involvement before, there was a good chance they had learned about that Seventh-day Adventist initiative by the end of a whirlwind visit by church president Ted N. C. Wilson.

Wilson emphasized Total Member Involvement, or TMI, at a meeting with Malawi’s president, during talks with the mayor of Malawi’s capital city, and in a Saturday (Sabbath) sermon attended by 40,000 people in the country’s largest stadium.

Thousands more Malawians heard about the initiative, which calls for every person to do something for Jesus, through live broadcasts of Wilson’s sermon on four national television channels and four radio stations and widespread coverage of his activities in major newspapers.

  • People press around Adventist Church president Ted N. C. Wilson as he arrives at Malamulo Adventist Hospital in Makwasa, Malawi, on February 9, 2020. [Photo: Ted Wilson Facebook account]
  • An Adventist delegation boarding a military plane for the 30-minute flight from Blantyre to Lilongwe, after visiting multiple Adventist sites on February 9, 2020. [Photo: Andrew McChesney, Adventist Mission]
  • Chef Kapina Moyo (right) presents Adventist Church president Ted N. C. Wilson and his wife, Nancy, a Bible-shaped cake at a hotel in Senga, Malawi, on February 9, 2020. [Photo: Andrew McChesney, Adventist Mission]

Wilson’s four-day visit, which ended February 10, 2020, put a national spotlight on church efforts to assist society and encouraged Malawi’s nearly 600,000 Adventists to step up TMI outreach to proclaim Jesus’ soon coming, said Frackson Kuyama, leader of the Adventist Church in Malawi.

“His coming was a blessing not only to the church but to the whole country,” said Kuyama, president of the Malawi Union Conference.

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