One verse that
really has ministered to us this past month is from Revelation 1:4b: Grace be
unto you and peace, from Him who is, who was, and who is to come… Pr Scibelli
preached a message once, that our faith in who God is today, is based on His
past faithfulness to give us a future hope. Every church has challenges; we
expect them, especially in a new work. We expect the details of life to come;
we expect the enemy to attack godly decisions, but we also expect God’s
faithfulness to be at the forefront.
We are so excited to watch God
move here in this new country. He is really building His church.
The sun rises
early, we are to the east of Zambia about a 12 hour drive from Lusaka; around
5am the bright African sun shines through the curtains. Pr. Albert and I have
attempted to start an early regiment of “Team Exercises” which has been hit or
miss at 5:30. Usually around 6:30 we hear the scurrying of the girl’s toys in
their room. They hit the ground running…we have our daily team prayer meeting
at 7:30 and then listen to one of the latest messages from Baltimore. Then our
daily routine continues in between home schooling the girls and the church
schedule. We go soulwinning everyday for about one hour and a half at the main
Post Office and the Church area; and then we have our visitations in the
After living in Lilongwe a little over a month, we
have seen many similarities with our previous Mission field of Lusaka, Zambia;
but we have also seen some definite contrasts. Malawi is nicknamed the “Warm
Heart of Africa” which is very true. People are incredibly friendly; I don’t
think we have ever greeted someone in passing, that hasn’t taken the time to
greet us back with a smile. People here are very receptive to the Gospel. It is
a city of over a million people and yet has the feel of a small town. The tribe
here is the Chewa tribe and although cousins to Zambians, Chewa is the 1st
language of the people, they do speak English but are very eager for us to
learn their dialect.
One contrast is
the beauty of the landscape. Malawi is high in elevation, much like Lusaka; but
it is full of green trees, rolling hills, and small-scale farms. Malawi is
definitely an agrarian society; almost every available plot of land is cultivated
with corn growing even downtown. People are very hard working and proud of
their culture. As a result, we are receiving a great blessing. Fresh produce is
everywhere at very low prices. Our neighbors sell us two huge bunches of
bananas for the equivalent of 60 cents.
There is a more
visible presence of Islam here, than there was in Lusaka. Passing through the
main street of town, there are 2 mosques that stand out. We can faintly hear
the calls to prayer in the mornings and evenings from our house. What is most
surprising is to see that most Muslims here are Malawians and not just refugees
or North Africans. This influence is because Malawi borders Tanzania and there
was a time when Arabs from Tanzania came to Malawi and trained Malawian slaves
to become Muslims. This gives us a burden for the Muslims here and motivates us
to find creative ways to bring the Gospel.
We also had our very first visitor here in Malawi, Julie's mom was with us for a month!!
It is so
interesting the way God works, we chose for the church meetings, an area of the
city that is central and very close to the main bus station in hopes that it
would make coming to church easier. It seemed every school and the community
hall in which we had previous Bible studies was full. We just went around to
all available halls in the area and began asking. One woman who is the director
for a government office for women and children’s wellbeing offered to have us
meet in their hall. For the past month we have met in the hall and had our
services. It’s amazing because she has about 25 children that she has rescued
from the streets, some with families and others who are orphans that live at
the center. As the month continued, we were worried about a place to have Bible
College. Literally, just last week, as we had to make a decision to either
postpone our full Bible college semester or find a new area; God opened up a
room in the school directly across the street for the center. Now we can have
the Bible College and continue ministering to the children. We just put an
advertisement on nationwide radio offering a free Bible College for the next 2
weeks. God is Faithful and we are excited to get started.
you for your prayers. We are so touched to think of all the prayers that are
sent to the throne for us here in Malawi. Truly the fields are white here and
our vision is to train people here and send them throughout the country,
region, and world. Just as God has guided us each step of the way, we know he
Following is our Radio advertisement with pictures!!!!
So there we are here in Malawi after a few weeks and we can see the hands of God working in us and through us.
We are starting our FREE Bible college here in Lilongwe in about a week and after one month or so we are finding people that are really excited about the classes. And to top it all off we are advertising this Bible College Semester on National Radio!
We had so much fun making it and we know Pr Albert had fun recording it too! This advertisement is going everywhere in Malawi for one minute everyday and we thought we would share with you and add pictures of the past few weeks to accompany it.