March 2014

2013 / 2014 Malawi, Africa Missions Update - December 22, 2013

 

As the year winds down and I reflect on all God has done with this ministry once again I am amazed. Over 50 villages received help from us as we repaired bore holes and brought to them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Clean water was restored to over 100,000 men, women and children. As I reported before one of the standouts was a village that reported over 200 deaths from cholera in the last 5 years .That was a direct result of drinking contaminated water when bore hole water was unavailable. In each of the 50+ villages the helplessness and hopelessness of man apart from faith in Jesus Christ was explained.

At least 2 new local churches and at least one new Bible study were started in 2013 as our workers were faithful to share the Gospel.

I am so grateful for each of you who has responded as God has moved you to pray and give. This has moved this ministry far beyond what I ever could have imagined.

I did not expect that we would have enough capital to start the building project – not quite enough to totally finish but the building will be usable.

I did not expect that 2 faithful men of God , Lavern Tueth and Charlie Hale would jump at the opportunity to leave their homes and families for the winter and go to Malawi to put up the building.

I did not expect that people in my church would give money to purchase over 150 Chechewa Bibles.

I did not expect that a couple of teens from different towns and churches would answer the call of God to go on mission with the March 2014 team.

I did not expect that a small church youth group in Albion Maine would be so concerned about the lost 8000 miles away that they would sacrifice from what little they had to provide Chechewa Bibles.

My wife and I were both highly impressed with the hospitality and generosity of our old and new friends in Iowa. It is truly moving to see God work in the lives of others outside our normal sphere of travel.

The support and encouragement I continually receive from my wife, my home church, and Friday morning men’s prayer group is deeply moving.

Without all of you who listen and respond to God I am sure the ministry would not be where it is or where it is going.

Someone asked me recently if this is becoming what I envisioned. My reply to that is this: I do not consider myself a visionary, rather I try to react as God moves. He shows us in GIA the needs and opportunities and we respond. May His Name be lifted above every other name.

What does 2014 look like ?

January-February: The 2 Americans and our Malawian workers will be building on the donated lot in Lumbadzi, just 10 minutes from the airport.

March: The American short term team will once again be going to remote villages to repair bore holes, help with hunger, bring the Gospel message and provide Chechewa Bibles to many.

Also we are working to implement a program to deliver girls from the bonds of prostitution. We started this a couple of years ago with good results but we have yet to firmly establish this program. Just as anyone else, these girls need Jesus.

April to whenever : Under the direction of Pastor Ruben and Pastor Phillip the borehole/gospel work will continue until money and repair parts run out.

June or July: there has been interest in establishing a summer trip to Africa. One of our repeat team members expressed a desire to lead a team at that time. It would be a huge help to have two trips going each year. Many more villages would be reached.

I had the privilege to speak on behalf of GIA in several churches during the year. I am available to give a ministry presentation to your group or church. As we all know, any ministry work takes money. I will not ask for anything – I believe that if you are listening and responding to God you do not need me to beg for funding.

But I also know that to respond to God you need to be aware of the needs. Here are some ways to be involved:

  1. Vehicle in Malawi: Currently when a team is in Malawi we rent one or two vehicles. This does limit what could be accomplished and is very expensive. The amount needed is probably $15,000. We now have designated for a vehicle $00.00
  2. Advertising: It has been brought to my attention by a Godly young woman, who herself is involved in a great ministry, that gospel-in-action could be exposed to many more Christians by advertising on radio. What she has in mind is a popular talk show that I sometimes listen to – very sound doctrine . We will not commit to this unless a full 6 month funding is in place beforehand . They have a minimum purchase of 6 months at $2,730

We now have designated for advertising - $00.00

  1. Building: Another $8,000 to $10,000 is needed to complete everything . We are starting to build with $15,000
  2. The continuous needs for:
    1. Bore hole repairs - $350 per well
    2. Chechewa Bibles - $7.50 each - one Bible will bring the Word of God to scores of people
    3. Hunger Relief - $30.00 will feed a family of 6 for a month
    4. * An Idea that I have been considering is providing fertilizer to families for the growing season now just starting.
      Adding fertilizer to crops = better yield= less hunger next year. I cannot yet put a dollar amount on this, but if God leads you…………

I know this is repetitive but I am truly grateful to all of you for your participation in this work , but I am most grateful to our Wonderful, Merciful Savior for allowing all of us to be somehow involved in the work of His Kingdom.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and forever. Amen (Ephesians 3: 20-21)

Grace & Peace, John Boyington

 

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