So….we booked a place for 2 nights and drove 45 minutes south to the tea and coffee growing area of Malawi called Thyolo. It is at the base of massive mountains and there is just rolling hills of beautiful tea fields for miles. It’s one of the most awe-inspiring places I’ve ever been. God’s glory being clearly shown through His creation.
|overlooking the tea fields|
God gave us a safe journey and we arrived in good time. The next few days were just an incredible time of refreshment, fellowship, walks, prayer, and learning from Fostance and Esnart about this culture. We sat around chatting into the night and were shocked at some of the traditional beliefs and practices that are still done today all across Malawi. Some of the things that Fostance told us about how little children are basically brainwashed into sexual perversion here are horrific and tragic. After these discussions with Fostance and Esnart, our eyes were truly opened more than ever and the Lord reminded us how much of a battle we are in. This world is an evil place where men, women, and children are daily being locked up by the one who wages war against our souls. But, we serve a mighty God who created this world with His word so we trust in Him and His power to release prisoners from their bondage to sin.
Both nights we were there, we ended in sweet times of prayer. We praise God for the family that He’s provided for us here! Also, we are deeply thankful to Christ for the great time we’ve had with Aunt Kathy. She has been such a blessing in every way.
In the midst of culture shock, difficult language acquisition, and Lyzee’s sicknesses and broken bones, God continues to fill our sails with more of His grace in our lives.
|Fostance & Esnart|
Please pray hard for us in the coming 2 weeks as we will be traveling to Lilongwe (Malawi’s capital 4 hrs north) to put on the youth camp for the Africa Evangelical Church for the northern and central regions of Malawi. Many kids are anticipating this time and have been saving money all year for transport to and from the camp so please pray for a movement of the Spirit of God. We can do nothing apart from Him. Otherwise, it's just a social event where lives are not changed for all of eternity. So, please pray for us as we prepare. Pray that we’d listen to God on what He wants to speak through us to this group of youth. Pray also for the team of 6 people coming from the UK to help us with the camp. Usually, we really get attacked (healthwise) whenever we are about to have a big outreach or speaking engagement so please pray that God would protect us from the enemy and enable us to think clearly and glorify Him no matter what comes our way. Jesus is worthy! "In His name the nations will put their hope." (Matt. 12:21)
Love you guys,
Luke and Becca