On Easter Sunday evening, more than 70 worshippers from the Mlowe Presbyterian congregation in northern Malawi were returning home, crossing Lake Malawi. Heavy winds rocked their boat and caused it to capsize, resulting in the deaths of five people, with 11 missing and presumed drowned. There were 54 survivors. Boats are a common mode of transport on the vast Lake Malawi, and accidents of this magnitude are rare.
The Rev. Dr. L.N. Nyondo, General Secretary of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, Synod of Livingstonia, a long-time PCC church partner, has asked Presbyterian friends to pray, especially for the grieving families. The Synod has declared this Easter accident a church tragedy.