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.

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:

  • providing computers and laptops to facilitated communications via email
  • supporting Orphan Care Centres and Community Nurseries so that the children can be fed and cared for
  • supporting two dispensaries in rural areas where there are no hospitals
  • financing a deep-well for a village which previously had only a shallow well which dried up completely during the summer months
  • funding the installation of electricity in an Orphan Care Centres
  • supporting the upgrading of toilets/shower facilities in a Girls Secondary School
  • upgrading classrooms and installing electricity in primary schools
  • providing Rocket stoves [energy efficient, environmentally friendly, safe cookers] to Orphan Care Centres, a Nursery and a school
  • supporting a training programme designed to create efficiently run, sustainable Orphan Care Centres in several villages which do not currently have these
  • providing financial support to organisations which required assistance with building work/maintenance
  • providing funds to enable a Widows Association to start a micro-loans operation
  • providing hearing aids to the School for Children with Hearing Difficulties
  • sponsoring students in full time education at University/Technical College
  • providing 2000 mosquito nets to Singo Village and surrounding areas in the Nkhata Bay District
  • sending practical goods (clothing, bedding, toiletries, stationery, tools, sewing machines, bicycles, mobile phones, medical supplies, toys, etc.) via containers on a regular basis

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.

Participating Churches

Ayr: St Andrews
New Cumnock
Prestwick: Kingcase
Prestwick: Monkton & Prestwick North
Prestwick: St Nicholas
Troon: Portland
Troon: St Meddans

Shipping Goods to Malawi

A Guide to Best Practice

External Links

Blythswood Care

Malawi Twinning Template

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 parties.
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 parties.
There is no requirement for a formal Twinning Agreement but some congregations have found it helpful.
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