We are so excited to be serving in Malawi. We invite you to take this journey with us. Keep the beautiful people of Malawi in your prayers, and us too.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Lyzee United

Luke and Shedrech teaching them how to dribble a soccer ball
on their way to practice

Teaching them about Adam and Eve

As some of you know, Luke has not only been working with seven soccer and netball teams with the youth in the Blantyre area BUT he has also started a soccer team with the little boys in our neighborhood. He is one BUSY guy. This new soccer team is made up of about 15 small boys, ages 7-12. They have already had three practices consisting of bible study, prayer, warm-ups, drills and a lot of laughing! Luke told the boys to talk to one another and come up with a team name. The next day, they all showed up at our door with joy as they announced their team name: LYZEE UNTIED. These kids are so precious and are hungry for the Word.  Please be praying for this new ministry. We are so happy to have the kids over and pour into them. Luke asked one of the older guys from the Chilomoni soccer ministry team to help coach. So there is a bit of discipleship there as Luke and Shedrech are working hand in hand taking turns with the Bible lessons as they go chronologically through the Word with the kids.  It’s been great to see him jump into this ministry and share his faith with the younger generation.

We asked the kids what they know about the Bible.  Only one of them had read the Word of God and none of them could tell me another Bible story besides Adam and Eve.  That will soon change.  They come every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon ready to learn about Jesus and how this book called the Bible is the most precious book on the face of the earth. We wish you could see their eyes as we explain how God created the heaven and the earth but how God treasures human beings far more than anything else. Some of these boys are not viewed as treasures by the world but these boys are treasures in the eyes of God and treasures to us.

Through ministry here we’ve been able to step into the lives of the Malawian people. Luke has had good conversations about marriage, relationships, and more while working with the young men here. Last week, in our neighborhood, we experienced the reality of the heartbreak and suffering of death. The younger brother of Vutso (one of the boy’s on the little soccer team) died. He had been fighting malaria for a week and on Sunday he stepped into eternity. He was three. His name was Kumbukani and he had spent several days playing in our yard.  His mother is named Gloria and they live a few houses down from us. Just a few days ago, I (Becca) saw Gloria on the road and we walked together. She told me about the many trips to the hospital and her little boy’s last days. We’ve learned that death here brings the same hurt but is dealt with in a completely different way.  In Malawi, death is so much more expected. There is no shock in the death of a child here but there is still deep pain. Deep loss.  Please be praying for Gloria and her family as they grieve. She has 4 other children at home.  Pray for her as she adjusts to life without her youngest child.  Pray that we can show her the love of the Lord.


Monday, October 10, 2011

The Word in their hands, a ball to use and the Spirit in their hearts....here we go!

This group is unstoppable

Osman from Mpemba digging into his new Bible

Ministry ball presentation to Chilomoni leaders

Above is a few pics from day two of the Sports Ministry Leadership training.  After much preparation, translation, and prayer, we saw God show up in a huge way on Saturday!  It was an incredible time with the 24 sports ministry leaders who showed up for the intense day of training. We did practical examples, brainstorming sessions, needs assessments of the different communities and much more. The leaders had been encouraged to come up with one ball for their teams and then Fostance and I would give them a second to encourage them to go for it! What a joy it was to give them a ball that they can use to draw a crowd to tell people about Jesus. (Thanks Bob and Chris Reed for the ball donation!) In addition, thanks to so many of you, we were able to give them each their own Bible in Chichewa. They kneeled down on the floor in respect to receive God's Word.  It was humbling.  These people know how powerful this Book is and that it holds the Words of Life and they treat it that way. Many of them have never owned their own Bible before.  We are so unworthy to be a part of something like this.   
I closed the day by sharing just a bit about what God has been teaching me lately from the Word.  Rev. 19:1-16 and Rev 20-21 were the passages that we dug into.  The Lord was at work as charged them to go and be the Body of Christ in their communities because our time is short and that great day is soon approaching when we will all stand in front of God and He will either wipe away all our tears and welcome us home or send us to eternal punishment because we rejected His Son, the one and only sacrifice for our sin.  We have got to tell people about this day!  We must warn people and plead with them to put their trust in the rock of Jesus Christ because the poured-out cup of the wrath of God is coming like a mighty wave and people will need to be covered in the blood of Christ on that day.  Maybe that great and terrifying day will be tomorrow.  I closed by encouraging them to live like tomorrow could be the day that Jesus returns so let’s spend ourselves proclaiming His glory.
The day closed with an awesome time of prayer and singing as we sought God to break through in Malawi and to unleash His Spirit in a profound way that changes the face of this whole nation.  These people pray for big things and are teaching us a lot about fervent prayer.  What an incredible day!  Thanks so much for your prayer. We got to see the fruits of your hard labor in prayer and sacrificial giving and we wish you could have seen it! But…hopefully you’ve enjoyed the pictures that we posted from that day.   
The youth are very excited to take what they’ve learned and now go multiply the Gospel in their townships using sports as the platform. Join us in giving God praise for His wonderful works!