|Many young girls came to watch netball|
Many of you prayed for Saturday’s sports ministry tournament we had in the village of Mpemba just outside of Blantyre. Thank you so much if you prayed! There were 6 of our sports ministry teams who gathered and it was quite an amazing time.
|The main church leader from Mpemba explaining the rules|
|Wilson sharing from Romans 3|
The whole village came out to watch football and netball and listen to the Word of God. Over 300 people were present during the time when one of our trained sports ministry leaders: Wilson, preached the Gospel. This area is known for much spiritual darkness and many traditional initiation practices that are evil and place people in bondage. There were Muslims, Christians, traditional animists and many others present at this tournament and those who organized it were focused on making the name of Jesus known. It was such an encouragement to Fostance and Luke because they hardly did any of the planning for this event. It was fully church-run and it was their idea. Praise God for them taking more ownership of this effective ministry. Many people were there who would never step foot in a church building and they had a chance to hear about the greatness of the Savior of the world.
The ladies netball was a hit and all the coaches of these teams were leaders who we have trained in sports ministry so they strategically are coaching their team with the hope of sharing the gospel with the girls and then raising them up and discipling them in the way of the Lord. The women are often overlooked so it was a huge step for the church to organize something for them too! They felt deeply loved and cared for by the local church and the church leaders who organized the tournament said, “Many of these girls are un-churched and unreached now but will soon be reached because of this ministry.” We wish you could have seen the smiles on their faces all day.
By the end of the day, Luke’s white skin had turned a deep, dark red from sunburn but despite the incredible heat and no water (next time we’ll plan better ;) ) , the Holy Spirit was very present and it was a wonderful time. Luke and Fostance were exhausted by the end of it but deeply encouraged because they really did not do much in this outreach. It was the local church doing it from beginning to end! This is the goal! That there would be a nation-wide movement of churches who get this vision and run with it. Please pray that more churches would be like the church in Mpemba. Also, pray for those who heard the message at the tournament and that the Lord would not leave them alone until they find their rest in Him. “The Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any two-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12) All glory be to God! He is doing great things!