Mission Director Mike
on another of his regular visits to meet church planting evangelists,
this time in the north of Malawi
Zambesi mission's aim is to proclaim the good news about
Jesus Christ, and to help extend and strengthen His Church in Malawi, Mozambique
and the UK. One of the key ministry areas of our partner churches in Malawi
and Mozambique is to plant more churches in areas where there are few in
which the Gospel is preached faithfully
Our most recent visit was in October and November, the hottest time of
the year in Malawi when the people wait in readiness for the rains to come.
They are so dependent on God for the rain without which the harvest will
fail and the people will go hungry. As we drove north we saw that the fields
have mostly been prepared, ready for sowing to begin as soon as persistent
rain comes. A reminder that we were to meet some of the men and women who
are tirelessly sowing the precious Word of God and awaiting the harvest
of souls that only He can give.
The visit, made with Rev Simon Chikwana , zm Director
in Malawi, General Secretary of Zambesi Evangelical Church Pastor
Luckwell Mtima and Regional Superintendent Pastor Duncan
N'goma , took us to five church planters scattered across the northern
Matrix Kutsimbwe at Choma ZEC: We were thrilled to see
a new church building nearing completion. This is largely due to the generosity
of one Malawian who, despite living in Mzuzu, treats Choma ZEC as his home
church. Although there are officially 103 members, the number of active
members is significantly lower. Many of the members of the church give their
tithe annually because they work as labourers in the tobacco fields and
only earn ready cash once a year.
Matrix Kutsimbwe (centre) with ZEC leaders outside the
new building at Choma ZEC
Although Solomon Kaimira has been in a new church planting
role at Nyungwe ZEC, south of Karonga, for just a short time, he seemed
to have already built up a strong rapport with the church members.
Solomon Kaimira with his wife and child at Nyungwe ZEC
Ledson Banda is at Bolero ZEC,
a small remote village near Rumphi north of Mzuzu. Ledson is a very determined
man and was encouraged by this visit from the ZEC leadership and zm.
The church consists of just four families and meets in Bolero Secondary
Enock Man'ganya is at Chitipa
ZEC in the ,orthernmost tip of Malawi: It was good to meet him again.
He has been at Chitipa for just a couple of months and the numbers at
his first church services were encouraging, but dwindled when his wife
returned to Blantyre to start studying at EBCoM on the wives' course.
Enock is another very determined man, with a vision that " after one year
the church will be growing".
Although he speaks Chichewa and Tumbuka, he has found out that many of
the local people speak Chilambia, which he doesn't understand yet! He
has received good support from other local pastors who encouraged him
to join their fraternal.
Enock Man'ganya (extreme right) with ZEC leaders on
new plot for a church building at Chitipa ZEC
As always in this spiritual battle there are discouragements too!
Chikangawa ZEC is situated in a heavily forested area where
timber is farmed and used in the nearby Raiply plywood and wood products
factory. Much to our disappointment we found that Pharoah Kamanga had
left the church the day before we arrived having been there for just under
a year. They currently meet in the local primary school and the ZEC leaders
are discerning who to send as pastor to replace Pastor Kamanga.