April 26, 2022

April showers of blessings

At the 11th hour, all that we needed for our annual conference  to be a success, was provided by our merciful Saviour through you! Thank you for being a vessel through which prayers and help flowed. Our conference theme was “Recovering All” from 1 Samuel 30:8. We truly have recovered so much from the two years we seemed to have lost to COVID restrictions and missing our brethren.

We recovered:
- Our brothers and sisters from abroad. We had 12 Zambians, 10 Zimbabweans, 5 Americans, 2 Mozambicans, and 1 South African brave buses, airplanes, and COVID tests to be together. God commanded a blessing. We had a wonderful time of unity and fellowship. God spoke clearly through each man of God.

One amazing story was Pr Emile from DRC. Pr Emile was told his passport could not be available due to lack of passport books. God overcame that and he got his passport in time to travel. When arriving in Lusaka, he went to the Malawian embassy and was told he would have to wait 5 days for an e-visa. That would have stopped most people, not Pr Emil, he decided to take his chances at the border. Miraculously he crossed the border in the bush with a bicycle. This made it possible for him to attend the conference but would pose problems when he would return since he had no entry stamp. He believed God and we prayed for the gift of Elisha to blind the eyes of anyone checking his passport. He started off with the Zambians. They made it to the halfway point of the Malawi and Zambia border. The real test was the police checkpoint and immigration. The police saw their van was overloaded and scolded them for the minor offense. Then came the dreaded immigration official. He began checking everyone’s passport. Upon coming to P Emile, he was tired. In his frustration, he commanded the bus just to leave without any check. If they had found Pr Emile’s passport without a stamp, he could have been imprisoned or fined a steep fine. They all finally crossed without issue.

Our full Graduation. We finally were able to  have all our students graduate in the same ceremony. We also were in our new building for the first time. It was amazing to see the new church at capacity with 500+ students, guests, and family. We used the graduation as the transition to move Bible College classes to our new building.

A family. About 10 months ago we received Pr Moses with us in our church. He is originally from Uganda who had been ministering in Zimbabwe for the last 9 years. He had planted a church and gotten married with a child. Unfortunately, he was caught in a legal technicality and was deported awaiting a decision from Zimbabwean Immigration. Again things turned for the worse as the immigration gave him a 3 year blacklisting.  He was separated from his wife and daughter with discouragement. But God! After inquiring we found we could get him a missionary visa and have his wife move here. His vision is to plant a church in the Southern Malawian city of Zomba. We have a former church member and Bible College graduate living there. They are set to open the new church on Easter Sunday.

Prayer Requests:
- We are still finishing minor touches to the church building. Please pray for wisdom.
- the Church also owns the plot next door which we would like to put a Christian k-7 school on.
-Please pray for Missions trips to Lesotho and Namibia both in May. We are praying for direction for the future.
-Lastly, for wisdom about this summer, for the family to attend our summer conference.

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