March 2013

 

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

1 John 3:16-18

 

March 2013 trip to Malawi, Africa

We visited rural villages to:  Repair water supplies ( bore holes ) and bring the message of hope - the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Post-Trip Update (April 1, 2013):

To All Who Have an Interest in the Ongoing Work in Malawi, Greetings. This year was quite unique for me. Instead of me traveling by myself or with one other, I led a group of seven from Maine and met up with two more from Iowa. Travel problems were quite prevalent on both ends of the trip with snowstorm delays, missed flights, ticket problems and so forth. The seven from Maine were stuck in South Africa for 2 days because we were 5 minutes late at the boarding gate for our flight into Malawi,

But God used that time as He did with the other delays to strengthen us as a team to be better used in the ministry. While we were in SA the guys from Iowa got a start on borehole repairs and had completed 4 by the time we got there.

For the first time there were women on the team -- 4 Americans plus Malawian Angela Mulinde who did an excellent job translating for the ladies.
I asked the team members to give me a little of their perspective, so here is a sampling:

"I will never forget the sense of awe and amazement I felt when the other guys reported fixing a bore hole that had been down for 5 years, where 201 people had died of cholera, and God used our team to change the history of that village. I imagined the graves of little children, teens, mothers and dads, and grandparents... all that didn't have to happen, all because of... well being down.. The great importance of this ministry physically and spiritually was so much more apparent, having seen it in person"

"Every time we spoke in a village it seemed to me like we got the biggest response when asking them about God's Word. It really hit me about how much they desired to have God's Word. To be able to read it in their own language. In every village we spoke, at most there were only 4 or 5 people who said they had a Bible.. It hit me as to how prevalent God's Word is here in the US, but how few people actually read it....... it blows me away to think how much the culture of these villages can change as the believers there grow in their faith through the study of God's Word. The need to get more Bibles in their hands is so great, Bibles in their own language!

"as to the wells, the one that sticks out the most is the one we just went to" look at "then small children started popping out of the maize fields with well parts on their heads. They had hidden the parts so that when help came they would be there ( nearby )"

"The work is endless, the wells break or wear out faster than they can be fixed. But I look at what we did do, and all the people impacted. What if we didn't do? When or where would their help come from?"

Once again this year, we preached the gospel at the villages where we repaired bore holes, but unlike other years the ladies did activities with the village children while we were doing repairs. For the children there were games, Bible stories, singing, and most importantly the gospel message.

We were able, with the local pastors to initiate Bible studies, and provide Bibles to villages for that purpose.

I am in awe of how God is moving this ministry along --- there are some who want to be more involved, which means more villages can be helped, also we are seriously considering our own facility there -- the land has already been pledged to us ( at no cost ) and we already have some funds with which to start. I believe by having our own place we will be able to have individuals stay there for more than just a couple of weeks, so more time = more villages helped!

There is so much that has and is happening, I am not going to be able to go into it all right now. We will be updating the web site pictures and videos very soon so keep checking.

If you want a presentation of this ministry at your church or other venue let me know -- I will do my best to see that it happens.

 

This Trip:

Bore holes repaired - 27
Bore hole broken longest - 12 years
Bore hole broken shortest - 1 day
Number of people affected - 50,000 +
Reported deaths from cholera during down time of bore holes - 201
Chechewa Bibles purchased - 292
Money provided to Malawian pastors for hunger relief of individuals - $500
( I have not yet received full details of this endeavor yet, I will report on it as soon as I can )

Thanks to all who participated in this ministry, through your giving and through prayer.

John

The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you!

 

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