“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that though He was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you
through His poverty might become rich”.
2 Corinthians 8:9
As Christmas approaches once more, our thoughts turn again to the incarnation.
That moment in time, just over 2,000 years ago, when God modelled the very
essence of generosity. He humbled Himself and took on flesh.
“Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with man to dwell,
Jesus our Immanuel”.
The next verse of the carol “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” speaks
about the purpose of the incarnation: “Born that man no more may die; born
to raise the sons of earth; born to give them second birth”. The birth,
life, death and resurrection of Jesus enables Christians to be born again
and also inherit eternal life. God's gift to us in Jesus is really too wonderful
for words! It is a gracious gift, freely offered. It is also an everlasting
gift that has eternal consequences. We praise and thank Jesus that He became
poor, so that through faith we might know the riches of life in Christ.
Chichewa Bible open at John's gospel
A solitary Bible in a church in Mozambique (Mikolongue ZEC)
Mission Director Mike Beresford recently returned
from a visit Malawi. He said: “I have been humbled
and challenged by the enormity of the need in Malawi and Mozambique. The
mission is simply unable to meet all the needs that we are faced with.
There remains much unmet need for access to God's word. Wherever we travelled
the question was the same: “do you
have Bibles?” We also know of nearly 50 pastors and elders who
are in need of pastor's bicycles. We visited two churches that have asked
for iron roofing sheets; and there are many more that need roofing materials
that we haven't visited".
Luwinga ZEC, near Mzuzu in northern Malawi, which is waiting for iron sheets
Pastor Isaac Fainote with his bicycle (ZEC Mozambique)
Despite the vast need, lives can be
transformed in Malawi and northern Mozambique for little more than the
cost of a cup of coffee in the UK. zm is able to help
transform lives both spiritually and physically. Mike Beresford continued: “at
the recently built health centre at Muluma in central Malawi, maternity
services have still not commenced. Even though (thanks to our supporters'
generous donations) the mission has helped install two new staff houses,
our partner the Zambezi Evangelical Church has a shortfall of funds needed
to purchase a small amount of medical equipment. This means that expectant
mothers have to walk nearly 20 kilometres to get access to antenatal and
delivery services. Tragically, this means that complications can go undetected,
resulting in the loss of both mothers' and babies' lives. I will not rest
until, through God's power, we have been able to rectify this ”.
A baby delivered at Ntonda
By and large, we live in a land of plenty, where we take
so many things for granted: easy access to first-class modern health care;
unhindered access to the word of God (in a variety of translations and even
on our mobile phones!); excellent communications and transport links; and
dry and warm places of worship to congregate in. It is appropriate for us
to give thanks to God for all that we have been blessed with; and above
all, for the gift of life that comes through Jesus; but perhaps we might
also wish to bless others in Malawi and northern Mozambique through supporting
an aspect of zambesi
You can use the mission's gift
scheme leaflet by following this link.