|Beautiful mountains in the background|
|Andrew did a fantastic job of leading and organizing the event|
|Becca and the kids|
|Alice is in the black shirt and jean skirt in the middle|
We had an incredible time praising the King of Kings all morning with them amidst immense physical poverty. But again, i was reminded that you are not poor by the amount of money that you make in a month. You are poor if you don't know Jesus. The believers of this church were certainly not poor. Their praises resounded out of the tiny humid building into the bustling slum of hundreds of thousands of people. Many children gathered at the entrance of the church building to see why these "Uzungus" were there. The dusty streets were filled with people, smells, and sounds that still are vivid in our memories. They are loved by God just as much as we are.
The main reason that we went was to encourage the small church in any way that we could. Alice and Andrew are the two sports ministry leaders from that Body of believers and their big smiles showed us the face of Christ. We were encouraged to see Alice taking on leadership roles in her home church as she took the kids outside and taught them Sunday school. That is the goal! To raise up a generation of youth in Malawi who go and make disciples through their local church to the ends of the earth. After the service, Alice and Andrew invited Becca, Lyzee, and myself to attend their first big community sports outreach. (that's what the pictures are from) It was exciting to see them take such ownership of the ministry and how they organized everything so well. There was well over 80 people there for the netball game against a local school team. Men, women, and children from Ndirande. They all came wondering what all the commotion was about. Alice had prepared a Bible lesson for the group and opened up the time by sharing the Word of God with these people. Muslims, Christians, and many others from all different walks of life. It was really a great opportunity to present Christ and she did it well. By the way, she is 17 years old, still in high school and lost both of her parents when she was young. But she has God. She has the Holy Spirit. And that is enough to do incredible things on this earth. God used her and will continue to use her.
Please continue to pray for the ministry in Ndirande. Pray that God would break through in that place in a profound way that would make the nations in awe at how great Jesus is. It was quite a wonderful day but pray that the work will continue on a weekly basis and that God would empower them daily to live the life of Christ among those they are seeking to reach. Thanks for praying. God is really doing much more than we expected. Praise Jesus!