January 15, 2018

An incredible miracle in Malawi

Living in the Third World, we see death in our face a lot more frequently than we would like. It seems like weekly occurrences of funerals from neighbors or extended families in our church or Bible college from a variety of causes: Malaria, High Blood pressure, strokes, traffic accidents. Etc. Unfortunately many of the deaths are children, and also unfortunately many could be prevented. In the compounds, local neighborhoods, it is not uncommon for children to fall in poorly covered hand-dug wells or septic tanks. A mother will be cooking and let her child play outside and the unthinkable happens. 9 out of 10 times it means certain death as the wells can be up to 20 feet deep and full of water especially in rainy season.
All of this went through my mind this past Sunday as I received a report that one of our Single Mothers, Alice, had her son fall in a well. Immediately I thought we will be doing a funeral. To my amazement, I was told that he was in the hospital and improving. Obviously an act of God had spared this child. Again to my greater amazement, as I was speaking, Alice and her son walked in the church. I stopped my message mid-sentence to inform the church of what happened. All of us were blown away that she had come to church. The event had happened on Friday evening. We just all stood up and raised our hands to God in thanksgiving. Before closing I asked Alice to give a testimony of what actually happened and we were all awestruck.

 Steven George(Alice's Son who was named after Pr Scibelli And my father, Pr George) is a very active 3 year old. He and my son constantly run around the church, we call them our future stunt men. They are jumping and rolling without fear. Steven had been playing outside his house with his friends while his Mom was cooking on the patio. After a few minutes of not hearing her son's voice Alice began to look to where he wandered off to. The other friends began nervously pointing to the community well that is usually covered. She could faintly hear Steven yelling "Mama!" at the bottom of the well. The Neighbors sprang into action. A man started shimmying down the well and to his amazement he found Steven pressing his arms on both sides of the well just to keep his head above water. When they got him out, they found he had swallowed a great deal of water. In Malawi the quickest way to the hospital is the back of a motorcycle, which Alice had no money for. By God's Grace the neighbors gave money to get him there. Upon arrival they tried to give Steven a medication to make him vomit out the water, but after refusing the pill, he just ended up using the little boys room and all the water past. Alice said that if God delivered the Hebrew boys from the furnace that He would deliver her son from the well. And there Steven George was running around the church as a living testimony. Amazing!

Alice and Steven George

December 04, 2017

1 Samuel 20:23 says the Lord be between us forever.

We are SO THANKFUL for your friendship, love, support, and prayers. Words can't express how amazing it is to have such a family. 1 Samuel 20:23 says the Lord be between us forever. That is the feeling we have. We wanted to share some pictures of the past weeks in Noah-vember.

This is our latest church picture from Picture Sunday that we did early this month. We invited everyone to come get their picture taken and then invited them back the next week to collect their picture.

This is a Bible study we did in a village about 3 hours from where we live. One of our church members, Felix Malute, was witnessing to one of his business prospects and the man was so overwhelmed by the message of God's grace that he paid for Felix to come to his home village last year to share the same message. We came with him on the follow up trip. Such receptive people!

That's Felix with the Blue Shirt. It was 2.5 hours to the main City near the village and then another half hour on motorbikes. We rode 3 to a bike to get to the village (Thank God this was before Thanksgiving).

This was the Ladies Tea. They all got together, prayed, made Christmas Cards, and Mama Carol shared the Word. That evening she was on Nationwide Radio speaking about Women's role in the church.

November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

"O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good: for his mercy endures forever." Ps 136:1

Next are pictures from the south african conference:

November 01, 2017

Smiles overcome any language barriers

We have the coolest job in the world. I know being a missionary doesnt seem like a job, ok I get it. 
It is still what we do here. And we love what we do so it is a plus in our lives. 
I love my children very much and they are such great examples to us.  They are simple thinkers. They see other children, they smile and then,  they start playing. Wherever they are, and I mean anywhere in the world - yes we travel to 3 continents every year- they go and make friends no matter if they speak the same language or not. But it most of the time started with a smile.
 Here in Malawi it can be tricky sometimes, people can be friendly but very curious.  And it's the African children that will come to them and they can get very touchy  with their hair...but every time it will take minutes  for them to make friends..

Malawi is an English speaking country but English is not their primary language, just travel outside of city center or the capital,
and people will not speak English especially the ladies and young children. 

 I have tried and failed to learn the languages in Southern Africa (yes they are many of them) and everyone I mean, everyone tries to force their languages on us.
So I gave up pretty much for now. We still know some of the basics tho so at least... 

I am always amazed at how you can read people by their expressions (and I am sure they can read mine).

Sincerity is so simple, and you can do it anywhere, even if you do not know a word of a foreign language. Just take the time to look at someone and be interested.

When you are with people you know or don't know, smile and try to enjoy their company.

The more I travel, the more I am convinced that we are all alike. We all want the same things: security, good health, to love and to be loved. The only differences are our beliefs, cultures and habits. This is such a simple thing when you travel around the block or around the world.

Smile - Everyone likes to be around happy people. Smiles are universal (and you don't even need teeth LOL). They show warmth and invoke a good feeling among people of all backgrounds. I find it amazing how simple it is to automatically like someone at first impression when the first thing you see is his or her smile. It is just a very comforting feeling, and the simple expression just puts people at ease.

At least in Africa it is and I would say for most places around the world.

Basically, eyes and a smile are a window into someone's personality. You can tell so much about a person with some basic human traits. 

That's what we do here, we are people persons, we sit down, smile (most of the time), shake hands (a lot of them), spend time with them, give them a track, a verse and by doing that we show them the Love of God for them personally. 

1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up.”

Matthew 28:40 - As you did to the least of my brothers you did to me.
Best Friends: Two Pastor's Daughters: Pr Victor/Pr Albert

Leadership Seminar with Leaders from Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Malawi: Going through Pr Schaller's Booklet: Choosing to Lead

Pray for the Conference in South Africa as 10 from the Church in Malawi travel there.

 Pray for Comfort for Pr. Ray Kosioleck and the GG Carlisle, PA Church as Pr. Ray's wife Brenda went home to be with the Lord.