Team Arrives in Malawi
After much anticipation, and up until Thursday not knowing whether we would still be going, because of ongoing protests within the country that threaten to shut down the airport, we lifted off from Rochester at 5:30 Friday morning. With all the planning and preparing behind us, we were on our way to Malawi. With total travel time of roughly 30 hours, we had plenty of time to review our teaching, preaching and objectives of the trip.
As our partnership with Pastor Duncan and the Kambona and Msema Churches grow, there continues to be more and more on our trip itinerary each time we visit. On this trip, we will follow up on the Goat Project, Piggery Project, Maize Mill, Drip Irrigation Test Plot and the Bucket Drip Kit Irrigation. We will visit widows and visit and teach orphans. We will worship with our brothers and sisters at both churches, and attend Bible Study on Tuesday and Wednesday. We will survey a large property in the village of Msema that we anticipate purchasing in January 2020. We will train 14 people to become Life Group Leaders in their 14 villages, and will be rolling out Life Groups to these villages. A lot to accomplish in a short time, but our God has a way of stretching out time, to accomplish His plans and His purpose. And usually, His plans include more than what we have planned.
Today we worshipped with our brothers and sisters at the Msema church and after that at the Kambona church. We began at 8:00 and ended 2:00. It is always a great blessing to worship here together, and we were greeted with the usual gracious hospitality that we are always given. Jim was asked to teach the kids Sunday school class, while I preached on Discipleship. There is a great eagerness within both churches, to learn and grow in the Lord. They sense God working in and through their churches, and eagerly await how He will use them to grow the Kingdom.
Praise and Prayer Request
Pastor Duncan wanted us to pass along how grateful he is to Hope church, for inviting him to visit Rochester. He believes it is a true miracle, as most Malawians are denied a U.S. visa. He said that the hospitality the Hope family showed he and Rabson was overwhelming. He is always happy when the team arrives in Malawi.
We ask that you keep Rabson’s mother in your prayers, as she was very sick and now cannot move her legs. We are praying that the doctors here will determine what is wrong, and that it can be corrected.
Kambona and Msema Churches send the family of Hope, their greetings, and to let you know, that they keep Hope in their prayers.
“All glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think“ Ephesians 3:20