Malawi Adventure 2014 – Day 9
by Mission News
Our final full day in Malawi and I know our entire delegation will be experiencing a bitter-sweet feeling as we head off to Mkalema for the Sunday communion meeting. Bitter at the thought of leaving our new-found friends behind and sweet in the thought of what we have seen over the past 8 days.[image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”16165″ size=”MaximumPage” autoHeight=”true”]
As with all other days on this trip we started the morning with prayer and our thoughts as to what we can share with our Malawian brothers and sisters during the day to come.[image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”16166″ size=”MaximumPage” autoHeight=”true”]
After breakfast we headed off to Mkalema for our final meeting.
The folks were very welcoming as we have come to expect. Their genuine interest in hearing our testimonies made us feel as much a part of their fellowship as if we had been saved right here in Malawi![image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”16167″ size=”MaximumPage” autoHeight=”true”]
We all played our ‘role’ in the meeting with Gilbert giving a brief encouragement followed by John’s talk. Others shared testimonies or joined in with the Chirimba young peoples’ item.
Overall, it was an extremely uplifting time spent together with these wonderful brothers and sisters.[image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”16168″ size=”MaximumPage” autoHeight=”true”]
Directly following the meeting we held a pastors’ conference to assist Pastor Nelson with some administrative issues. Whilst that was in progress, the ladies in our delegation walked down to the nearby creek to watch several people get baptised who had just received the Holy Spirit during the meeting.[image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”16169″ size=”MaximumPage” autoHeight=”true”]
At the conclusion of the pastors’ conference and the baptisms, we watched Pastor Nelson present bicycles and bibles to various pastors of the surrounding assemblies.
The funds to procure these items were generously donated by individual members of various revival centres who have expressed a desire to remain anonymous. We know that those who do their good deeds in secret will be rewarded openly.[image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”16170″ size=”MaximumPage” autoHeight=”true”]
In total there were 20 bicycles presented to pastors and another several hundred bibles as well as chorus books and Sunday school booklets! All were received with a sense of humility and thankfulness to those who made this all possible.
The formalities of our day are now drawing to a close. We say our goodbyes to our brothers and sisters at Mkalema with a promise that some of us will come again to Malawi to have fellowship with them.
We head back to our accommodation inspired by the diligence of these good folks and encouraged by their diligence and dedication to maintaining the gospel message of salvation.
As we talk over dinner of the things we have experienced our thoughts turn to the reality of our respective lives ‘back home’ and the loved ones we have been away from for these past 10 days.
For those of us returning home we wish you God speed. Those of us who are staying on in Africa for an extended holiday we pray for travelling mercies and more experiences to share upon our return home.
Tomorrow we head off in our different directions with a promise to meet up again at Christmas camp at Freshwater Creek where we will teach our Australian brothers and sisters a Malawian chorus.
Good night and God bless.
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