By James Mphande
In today’s world, the social media is the most preferred source of information for both the young and old. It, therefore, becomes imperative that those with information to share, irrespective of the subject matter, the social media is the place to go for maximum reach.
Ablaze is a Christian grouping of mostly students at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) and in its quest to share the Word, it has created an App so that their fellowship goes beyond any known communication barriers.
The App was recently launched at the university during a colourful ceremony that was filled with technology in line with the offer. For example, the event was shot and streamed live on Ablaze’s Instagram page.
Ablaze president, Nhlanhla Dhaka, a fourth year Business Information Technology student, in his welcome remarks, shared Ablaze’s vision and mission, adding that they developed the App to reach out to people beyond the confines of MUST campus. He also said Ablaze has what he called a dynamic website–www.AblazeMalawi.com.
“The App aims at reaching out to this digital and mobile generation with resources and tools that will enable them to be on fire for God and on fire for change. We aim at creating a safe environment for interaction and edification so that a new breed of God chasers and world changers is made in a time when it’s needed the most,” said Dhaka.
On his part, Madalitso Nyemba, Ablaze vice president and another fourth year Business Information Technology student, took the participants through the mobile App’s functionalities and content.
“With this App, Christians can listen to podcasts, follow up on events, share and read testimonies, follow up on Ablaze movements, read inspired blogs, series and posts, receive daily prayer petitions, devotions and verses, push notifications, and attend online Ablaze classes (Discipleship class, Ablaze Code and Ablaze Graphics) among others,” said Nyemba, who also heads the technical department in Ablaze and is the one who spearheaded the development of the mobile application. He is also accredited with development of an electronic voting system which the MUST Students Representative Council (MSRC) uses to elect its leaders on campus.
Guest of honour and chief executive officer for United General Insurance (UGI), Bywell Chiwoni, a born again Christian, focused his message on the topic; Your God given armour.
“I would like to share with you some traits you should embrace based on the Biblical story of David and Goliath. This is in relation to the App you have developed which I believe will go a long way in spreading the Word. This story teaches us many things but I will share 20 in brief.
“You become what you confess; God can use anyone irrespective of their age; be sensitive about time and know when it’s time and execute with speed; be obedient by heeding instructions and honouring those who give instructions; learn to listen to constructive criticism; recognize your reward by not just doing things but ensure that there is a reward waiting for you; face your opposition with boldness; seize opportunities and provide solutions; don’t be afraid to demonstrate your credentials; and have a competitive advantage,” said Chiwoni.
“The story also teaches us the need to conduct a SWOT analysis; seek wisdom and be wise; have strategy to execute; be strategically positioned; know your battle; focus on your strengths; execute your plan with speed; be precise by having a target; always look around for resources; and ensure your victory by not resting until your victory is assured.”
Chiwoni also assured all students that God equips them with exceptional capabilities.
“I am really impressed with your skills on IT. We currently as UGI are working on a new product which we have delayed to launch due to some technical challenges relating to an App that we intend to use for it. With what I have seen here, I will be seeking a partnership with the team that developed the Ablaze App to work with our team so that we can have this product launched soon,” he said.
MUST Vice Chancellor, Professor Address Malata, who witnesses the Ablaze App launch, congratulated Ablaze for the “wonderful and amazing innovation”.
“I am very impressed to see our students being practical with their knowledge. After our recent graduation, I am getting positive feedback on the way our graduates are performing and that is very encouraging. Let us continue with these initiatives and make MUST unique,” said Professor Malata.
Apart from the App, the grouping also boasts of an Ablaze online store, Ablaze Open Arms (a humanitarian arm that is among pothers sending primary school dropouts of ages 13 to 18), back to school, Ablaze Victory on Our Knees (VOOK), which is working to revive prayer by praying for universities, families and nations, free coding and graphic trainings for fellow students, and were among the first to initiate live podcasting as a means of digital audio transmission.
By James Mphande